Fire close to finalizing deal for Umanzor

Source: Salvadoran left back only waiting for paperwork to clear

Deris Umanzor, El Salvador

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The Fire may have begun the 2010 season with only 23 of 24
roster spots filled, but there was never much question as to who Carlos de los
Cobos wanted for Chicago’s final spot. 

The Mexican head coach indicated his desire to sign left
back Deris Umanzor -- who played under de los Cobos on the Salvadoran national
team -- as far back as mid-March. Now, a full three weeks later, it appears the
Fire are finally close to signing their man. 

The 30-year-old Umanzor trained with the Fire on Tuesday
and, according to a source close to the situation, is only waiting on paperwork
to clear before the league makes his signing official. 

Umanzor, who wore No. 13 in training on Tuesday, would
provide further cover for the Fire at left back. The club has already started two players on the left side of
defense thus far this season, using Mike Banner against the Red Bulls and Krzysztof Król last week at the
Colorado Rapids.