By Steve Wojcik
For the second time this week, the Chicago Fire have made a move in hopes of strengthening the squad for the second half of the season.
Chicago acquired midfielder Alvaro Fernandez from the Seattle Sounders FC today, in exchange for allocation money, according to a report on the team's official website.
"Alvaro is an experienced player that has proven himself as an offensive weapon in MLS," Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas told the site. "He is a versatile player and can occupy a number of positions in the midfield."
Fernandez becomes the second newcomer this week to occupy a Designated Player slot. The club had already signed striker Sherjill MacDonald on Tuesday.
The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Fernandez is expected to join the team prior to their match against the San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow night.
The Uruguayan midfielder has played in the MLS since July 2010 and appeared in 80 matches, scoring 16 goals and adding 10 assists.
Phillips senior three-star ranked defensive tackle Chris Elmore (6-foot-0, 270 pounds) has given Syracuse his verbal commitment while on his official visit.
Elmore, who first announced his decision via his Twitter account, was asked why he decided to commit to the Orangemen.
"(Syracuse) is the place for me," according to Elmore via text. "I just feel it and I didn't want to pass up a chance to play for Syracuse and in the ACC."
Elmore, who originally gave then Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck his verbal commitment back last summer reopened his recruiting process once Fleck left WMU to take the head coaching job at Minnesota.
Elmore is now the 20th known verbal commitment to Syracuse and the first from Chicagoland in the Class of 2017.
The Blackhawks made a minor league deal on Saturday, announcing the acquisition of forward Michael Latta from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Cameron Schilling.
Latta, 25, has two goals and four assists in 29 games this season with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign of the American Hockey League.
He has four goals and 13 assists in 113 career games in the National Hockey League, all with the Washington Capitals from 2013-16.
Latta, who was a third-round pick (No. 72 overall) by the Nashville Predators in 2009, will report to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He carries a $600,000 cap hit, and is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.
Schilling ranked second among defensemen on the IceHogs with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 40 games, and had a minus-3 rating. The 28-year-old blue liner signed a two-year contract worth $575,000 per season with the Blackhawks in July 2015.