Rich Balchan

Six Alums Make Combine List

Six Chicago Fire player development alumni were named Thursday to the initial list for January’s MLS Player Combine to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Headlining the Fire contingent at the annual combine is goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer (South Carolina), who backstopped the club’s USL Premier Development League side to the 2009 North American Final, winning the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year accolades in the process.

Joining Maurer are defenders J.T. Murray (Louisville), Rich Balchan (Indiana) and Greg Klazura (Notre Dame). Murray, who will feature on the backline for the Cardinals in Friday’s College Cup semifinal against North Carolina, joined Balchan on this past summer’s PDL side. Klazura previously spent time with the clubs Super-20 and U19 teams in 2008.

Offensively, midfielder Jimmy Banks (Wisconsin-Green Bay) and Salvadoran youth international Efrain Burgos Jr (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) round out the initial six Fire representatives for January’s combine. Both players featured for the PDL side this past summer.

Jeff Crandall is the Team Writer for the Chicago Fire. Follow him on Twitter @JefeCrandall.