Fire acquire Fernandez from Seattle

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Fire acquire Fernandez from Seattle

By Steve Wojcik
CSNChicago.com

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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Winter meetings trades for Cubs and White Sox

Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly/670 The Score) and David Schuster (670 The Score) joined David Kaplan on the SportsTalk Live panel for Thursday's show.

Baseball’s winter meetings are over. Could Rick Hahn have done more this week? Plus which closer will have a better season- current Cubs closer Wade Davis or former Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman?

How much upheaval will there be on the Bears’ coaching staff this offseason? Plus are the Bulls in slump or are we finally seeing the real team show up?

Listen to this episode of the SportsTalk Live podcast here:

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Report: Dexter Fowler closing in on deal with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler won't be making a surprise return to the Cubs next season.

Fowler is closing in on a deal to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The Cubs signed outfielder Jon Jay last week to a one-year deal, pretty much sealing Fowler's future with the Cubs.

In two seasons in Chicago, Fowler batted .261/.367/.427 with 30 home runs and 94 RBI, and a World Series ring.