Fire select Maicon Santos in MLS re-entry draft


Fire select Maicon Santos in MLS re-entry draft

Since Major League Soccer initiated a re-entry draft several years back, only five players have been selected in the first of the two stages. Thats when teams must pay selected players according to their current contracts.

The Fire was the only club to select a player in that stage of this years re-entry draft that was held on Friday. The other 18 teams passed, preferring to wait for next Fridays second phase when more players are traditionally chosen.

Brazilian forward Maicon Santos was the lone player chosen on Friday. In his fourth MLS season, he had seven goals and three assists for D.C. United last season and has 21 goals and eight assists in his MLS career.

Javier Leon, the Fires president of soccer operations, called the 28-year old Santos "a talented forward who brings with him a scoring touch."

Just where Santos will fit in is uncertain. The Fire has returnees Sherjill MacDonald, Dominic Oduro, Patrick Nyarko and Chris Rolfe returning as forwards who drew considerable playing time and up-and-coming Kellen Gulley is waiting in the wings as a promising young player.

The Fire made its best use of the re-entry draft in 2010, when defender Cory Gibbs was acquired in the second phase. He was an immediate starter, but a knee injury suffered early last season led to his retirement two weeks ago. Forward Kheli Dube was the latest player chosen via the re-entry draft in 2011. He was released midway through the season.

While no other clubs make a re-entry draft selection on Friday, one did make two major moves. The Philadelphia Union brought back forward Sebastian Le Toux in a trade with the New York Red Bulls and also traded for Philadelphia native Jeff Parke, a defender who had been with the Seattle Sounders.

Le Toux was a popular player for the Union for two seasons under head coach Peter Nowak, the first Fire captain. Le Toux was sent to Vancouver in a controversial trade last season prior to Nowak being dismissed from his job. The Union went on to a disappointing season and is making a major rebuilding effort.

Blackhawks score late but can't get past Jets

Blackhawks score late but can't get past Jets

Artemi Panarin scored with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation but Andrew Copp had the final say as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Blackhawks 2-1 on Sunday night.

It was the Blackhawks’ second consecutive loss and their first one in regulation at home since the season opener.

Jonathan Toews missed his sixth consecutive game and it sounds as though the captain could miss more. Coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the game that Toews will stay off the ice the next couple of days and be re-evaluated mid-week; his injury is not improving.

Scott Darling, who will be playing a bulk of the games in Corey Crawford’s absence, stopped 30 of 32 shots. It was another night on which the goaltending kept the Blackhawks in the game. The Blackhawks, however, couldn’t generate much on the other end.

Then came Panarin’s shot, a slick one off a pass from Patrick Kane with 6:54 remaining in regulation. But the tie didn’t last long as Copp beat Darling stick side with 4:45 remaining in the third.

The Blackhawks got a four-minute power play with 2:49 remaining in regulation but couldn’t capitalize on it. Marian Hossa was stopped by Connor Hellebuyck with 2.6 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Right Combination: Bears receivers get it done vs. 49ers

The Right Combination: Bears receivers get it done vs. 49ers

In snowy conditions the Bears receiving corps had a solid day in Sunday's 26-6 win against the 49ers.

Josh Bellamy led the way with four receptions for 93 yards, while Cam Meredith, Deonte Thompson and Daniel Brown each had multiple catches.

Watch the video above to see the Bears Postgame Live crew discuss the performance of the wide receivers.