The Chicago Fire's lengthy courtship of striker Collins John has finally concluded with a contract that will make the former Fulham standout the Fire's newest attacking weapon.
John will be called on to help pick off the offensive slack left by the departures of Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Chris Rolfe this winter and the strong target striker should former a good partnership with veteran Brian McBride, his former strike partner at Fulham.
The 24-year-old Dutch international has bounced around to a variety of clubs in recent years, most recently in Belgium with KSV Roselare.
DYNAMO DEAL FOR SERIOUX
The Houston Dynamo made official the long-rumored re-acquisition of midfielder/defender Adrian Serioux on Friday, completing its deal with Toronto FC, sending a third-round pick in 2011 to Toronto.
Serioux struggled for Toronto in 2009, particularly in central defense, but Houston will hope to integrate Serioux as a defensive midfield option to replace Ricardo Clark. His arrival could free up Geoff Cameron to play a more attacking role.
FIRE TIES DYNAMO IN EXHIBITION
Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad made a crucial penalty kick save in the 74th minute to help the Dynamo preserve a 1-1 draw vs. the Chicago Fire in MLS pre-season action at Houston Baptist University on Thursday night.
Onstad saved a Marco Pappa penalty kick earned by the Marco Pappa, who scored in the 71st minute to tie the match.
Dynamo striker Cam Weaver headed home a cross from Luis Angel Landin in the 63rd minute to open the scoring for Houston.
What do you think of the Fire closing the deal to land John? Can you see Chicago challenging Columbus for top honors in the East? Think Serioux can help Houston stay a West power?
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