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MLS Ticker: Fire, Impact, Cole and more


The end of the MLS transfer window is in sight, and teams like the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact are making some interesting moves.

Portuguese defender João Meira will reportedly join the Fire ahead of the 2016 season. The 28-year-old has reportedly signed for two years and is quoted as saying: “I’m pretty happy with this my new challenge that I will face with the expectation of the great club that is the Chicago Fire. It is a league on the rise and feel that I will take another step forward in my career.” (REPORT)

On Monday, the Impact announced the addition of 21-year-old Argentine midfielder Lucas Ontivero on loan from Turkish club Galatasaray. The 5-foot-6 attacker was most recently on loan at Slovenian first-division club Olimpija, where he scored four goals in 11 league games. (REPORT)

AS Roma has officially terminated 35-year-old defender Ashley Cole’s contract. The LA Galaxy have reported to be nearing a deal with the Englishman. (REPORT)

Japanese national team midfielder Keisuke Honda, 29, expressed his interest in playing in the U.S., saying: “I’m very interested in MLS, even as a player, but I don’t know if I will play or not. I would say that MLS is a developing soccer league in the world. There are a lot of famous players coming to MLS.” (REPORT)

Midfielder Dilly Duka, 26, will not be returning to the Impact in 2016 because he wants to look at options overseas. The Impact will hold his MLS rights should he decide to return to the league. (REPORT)

Think Meira is a good addition for the Fire? What do you think of the Impact’s latest signing? Will Ontivero do well in MLS?

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  1. The article was not very forthcoming about Meira, who is 28, so I looked him up. After playing several years in the 3rd and 4th divisions in Portugal, he joined a second division club Beleneses and then they were promoted a year later. So Meira played 2 seasons in the Portuguese Premier League, but his team ;then let him go and he is listed as unattached, not a good sign. I saw that the Fire is also pursuing a 24 year old Polish international named Kaminski which sounds smart. They need a lot of bodies, probably 6 or 7 more at the least so they better get busy.


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