Wednesday Kickoff: Castillo loaned to Aris, Cosmos hire Cantona and more

Wednesday Kickoff: Castillo loaned to Aris, Cosmos hire Cantona and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: Castillo loaned to Aris, Cosmos hire Cantona and more

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After parting ways with Freddie Ljungberg earlier in the off-season, it appears the Chicago Fire will begin the 2011 season without either of its 2010 Designated Players.

According to reports in Mexico and Greece, Mexican striker Nery Castillo is set to join Greek club Aris FC on a loan for the rest of the European season.

The Chicago Fire has yet to announce the loan. If Castillo goes on loan, the earliest he would rejoin the Fire would be in July.

With Brian McBride retired, and Collins John having failed to work out, the Fire could be struggling at the forward position in 2011. That may explain why the team stockpiled five forwards in the MLS Draft and Supplemental Draft.

Here are some other stories to get your Wednesday going:

COSMOS HIRE CANTONA

The New York Cosmos marketing push continued on Wednesday with word that the club has hired French striker and Manchester United legend Eric Cantona as the club's Director of Soccer.

The Cosmos recently hired former U.S. national team star Cobi Jones, and have now added Cantona as the club, which doesn't exist in physical form yet, continues to make headlines.

CITY, WOLVES ADVANCE IN FA CUP

Manchester City and Wolverhampton both scored victories in Tuesday replays to advance in FA Cup action.

Carlos Tevez and Adam Johnson scored goals in Manchester City's 4-2 win against Leicester City while Marcus Hahnemann posted the shutout in Wolves' 5-0 thrashing of Doncaster. In other FA Cup action, Stoke defeated Cardiff, 2-0.

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What do you think of these developments? Wondering why the Fire let Castillo go on loan? Think the Cantona hire is just a marketing stunt?

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