After claiming talent, like Brandon Vincent, in the 2016 MLS Draft, the Chicago Fire added more to their roster over the weekend.
On Saturday, the team re-signed midfielder Razvan Cocis, who first joined the Fire in July 2014, while also adding Portuguese defender and midfielder João Meira.
“From our initial planning, we wanted to have Razvan back and are glad that we could finalize his return,” said Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez. “João is an excellent complement to our existing group with experience as both a center back and, if needed, as a central midfielder.”
In two seasons with Chicago, Cocis totaled two goals and three assists in 36 regular-season matches with the club.
Meira joins the Fire after spending his entire professional playing career in Portugal. The 28 year old most recently played for Primeira Liga side Os Belenenses, where he spent the past three seasons.
FIRE COMPLETE COACHING STAFF
In addition to the club’s player transactions, the Fire also completed their coaching staff on Sunday.
Joining new head coach Veljko Paunovic will be assistant coaches Marko Mitrovic and Logan Pause, as well as goalkeeper coach Aleksandar Saric and strength and conditioning coach Jordan Webb.
Mitrovic comes over to Chicago having been a member of Paunovic’s Serbia Under-20 staff, which won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Saric also served on the team’s staff.
Pause, a former Fire player for 12 seasons, was named club vice president in Nov. 2014, before taking over an interim assistant coach job in September of last season.
Webb joins the team after previously working with the U.S. Soccer Federation and Seattle Sounders FC. He also gained professional sports experience with the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
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