CHICAGO (November 18, 2014) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that the Fire have exercised the 2015 contract options on goalkeepers Alec Kann and Kyle Reynish, defender Greg Cochrane, midfielders Chris Ritter and Matthew Watson, and forward Quincy Amarikwa.
The Fire declined 2015 contract options on eleven players including defenders Marco Franco, Patrick Ianni, Hunter Jumper, Steven Kinney, Gonzalo Segares and Bakary Soumare; midfielders Alex and Sanna Nyassi; and forwards Robert Earnshaw, Matt Fondy and Florent Sinama-Pongolle.
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“I believe that we have a good, solid core of returning players for us to build upon as we continue to prepare for the 2015 season,” said Fire head coach Frank Yallop. “We’re currently working towards new deals for several players who are out of contract or whose options have been declined and look to finalize those in the coming weeks.”
Eight players were already under contract for the 2015 season: goalkeeper Sean Johnson; defenders Jeff Larentowicz and Lovel Palmer; midfielders Razvan Cocis, Patrick Nyarko and Harry Shipp; and forwards Juan Luis Anangono and Mike Magee.
Midfielder Victor Pineda is currently out of contract and the loan deals for Benji Joya and Grant Ward have expired.