Chicago Fire: Arne Friedrich

Fire re-sign defender Friedrich

November, 7, 2012
The Chicago Fire announced Wednesday they re-signed German defender Arne Friedrich.

The 33-year-old Friedrich, a German World Cup veteran, was signed as a free agent on March 7 and made 23 appearances, scored one goal and helped hold opponents to 41 goals in 1,832 minutes during the 2012 regular season. He was selected as the team's Defender of the Year.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Building continuity at the center back positions is a priority in 2013," Fire president of soccer operations Javier Leon said in a statement. "Arne's international experience and leadership are key to our defense. We are happy to have him back next season."

The Fire went 17-11-6 in the MLS regular season and lost to the Houston Dynamo in the opening round of the playoffs.

Pappa's goal gives Fire friendly win

April, 7, 2012
Marco Pappa's goal in the 12th-minute gave the Chicago Fire a 1-0 victory in a friendly against the University of Louisville on Saturday morning at the Toyota Park Practice Field.

The Fire pressured early and Pappa took the ball off the foot of Federico Puppo at the top of the 18-yard box and unleashed a curling shot past Louisville goalkeeper Zach Torp into the upper left corner of the goal.

Fire goalies Sean Johnson and Paolo Tornaghi combined for the shutout.

Newly acquired Fire defender Arne Friedrich, playing for the first time in over six months, went 88 minutes in his debut.

The Fire return to league play against the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday, April 15.

Arne Friedrich signs with MLS' Fire

March, 9, 2012
CHICAGO -- Arne Friedrich, a veteran of the German team at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, has signed with Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire.

The 32-year-old defender made 82 appearances for Germany, the last in a European Championship qualifier in March when he scored an own-goal in a 2-1 win at Austria. He also played at the 2004 and 2008 Euros and set a German record for most games without a goal before scoring. He got his goal in his 77th match, in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal win over Argentina.

A central defender and right back, Friedrich signed with Wolfsburg of the Bundesliga in 2010 but missed the first half of the 2010-11 season due to a slipped disk. He had another slipped disk in June.