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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Fire ink Ristic before MLS roster freeze

By Charlie Corr

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Midfielder Bratislav Ristic has trained with the Chicago Fire off and on this season, and on Tuesday the team decided to sign the 30-year-old native of Nis, Serbia.

With the MLS roster freeze deadline approaching Wednesday afternoon and an open roster spot, it made perfect sense for Chicago to officially bring in a player that already is familiar with the player personnel in training.

"We are very excited to have Bratislav join the Chicago Fire," technical director Frank Klopas said. "He is a talented, quick and technical player and will be a great addition to our team."

Ristic most recently played for Serbian side FC Rad Belgrade in 2009, appearing in 11 matches. From 2003 to 2006, Ristic played for Metalurh Donetsk and was the Ukrainian First Division's assists leader with 19 during the 2005-06 season. Ristic helped Belgian powerhouse Club Brugge KV to the Belgian Cup and SuperCup during the 2001-02 season.

RSL's Morales suspended for Fire match: On Monday, the league issued a one-game suspension to Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales for actions during a match against Seattle Sounders FC's Osvaldo Alonso on Sept. 9. Morales intentionally struck Alonso's midsection with his knee, and the officiating crew missed the incident. Following the match, the MLS Disciplinary Committee reviewed the actions and determined that it constituted a red-card offense. Morales is serving the suspension when RSL hosts Chicago on Saturday.