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This Day in Fire History... (1/11/2006)

11 January 11:33 am

This Day in Fire History... (1/11/2006)

By Jeff Crandall

This day in Fire history, the Men in Red reacquired midfielder Diego Gutierrez from the Kansas City Wizards in exchange for Will John.

Having already helped the club to three domestic titles (even scoring in MLS Cup '98), Gutierrez returned to the Fire in time to aid the team in winning its MLS-record fourth Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title later that season.

In contrast, John, who had only apppeared in nine competitive matches only played four more games for Kansas City that year. 

Perhaps fittingly, the Colombian born midfielder sits eighth on the club's all competitions appearance list with 197 games played and fifth all-time in assists with 34 over his two stints (1998-2001, 2006-2008)

It was in his second tenure with the Fire where his for off-the-field contributions with the "Nothing but Nets" charity garnered him three straight Fire Humanitarian of the Year awards as well as the MLS award in 2007.

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