Fire release midfielder Paul

The Chicago Fire released rookie midfielder Davis Paul on Wednesday.

Paul, who was selected by the Fire in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft (51st overall), saw little time on the pitch during his half-season tenure with the Fire. The move was made to clear a non-guaranteed contract before the July 1 deadline.

Paul's lone regular-season appearance included a start during the Fire's 2-1 loss against the Los Angeles Galaxy on April 17 at Toyota Park. But following halftime, former Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos inserted Patrick Nyarko into the lineup for Paul.

Paul stood out at times during the preseason, assisting the Fire's lone goal by Marco Pappa to earn a victory over Toronto FC in the Carolina Challenge Cup on March 5.

The San Diego, Calif., native was one of five University of California players who earned an invitation to the 2011 MLS Combine, tying with the University of North Carolina for the most invitees for their respective programs.