Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Fire add Mikulic, officially ink Paladini
By Charlie Corr
With the MLS Combine coming to a close on Tuesday and the MLS SuperDraft on the horizon, the Chicago Fire have made a couple of offseason acquisitions away from the college scope.
On Tuesday the Fire signed defender Josip Mikulic and officially announced the signing of midfielder Daniel Paladini.
Mikulic is a 24-year-old central defender from Croatian side NK Zagreb. He played in 48 games and 3,348 minutes for the past five seasons.
"Mikulic is an athletic player with good feet, a focus on defending and strong presence in the back," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said in a team statement. "He comes to the Fire from a professional environment and has a number of years experience in the Croatian First Division. He is focused on defending and committed to winning."
Mikulic is the second central defender to join Chicago after the team acquired Cory Gibbs in the second stage of the re-entry draft.
Paladini, 26, comes from the USSF Division 2 Professional League's Carolina RailHawks. He was named to the league's Best XI twice.
Next on the Fire's agenda is the MLS SuperDraft, which takes place on Thursday at the Baltimore Convention Center. The draft starts at 11 a.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN2. The Fire have the ninth overall selection in the first round and also have three picks in the third round (45th, 49th and 51st overall).