Patrick Nyarko

Season Preview

After the additions of Freddie Ljungberg and Nery Castillo, Chicago had its home crowd buzzing. And then, this offseason, Chicago got rid of them -- and other talent, too. No fewer than eight players, some of them legitimate big names, are gone, replaced by a heap of rookies, two unknown Croatians, two unknown Uruguayans, Jon Conway and Cory Gibbs. "

Reinvention is risky, and the Fire's makeover is so extensive that its 2011 edition could really be anything at all, ranging from a mismatched bunch of rookies and foreigners to an energetic and skillful collective.

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