Fire acquire Fernandez from Seattle


Fire acquire Fernandez from Seattle

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.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Austin O'Connor

Four years, four state championships. 

That's what St. Rita senior wrestler Austin O'Connor accomplished over the past four years, becoming the 15th wrestler in IHSA history to do so. The Mustangs' grappler went undefeated this season and finished his IHSA career with a record of 181-4. 

O'Connor is planning on continuing his time on the mat at the University of North Carolina next season. Learn more about O'Connor in the video above. 

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the Gym at EFT: Vertical jump training

In the latest installment of In the Gym at EFT, performance specialist Kerry Neal teaches some valuable techniques to improve an athlete's vertical jump. 

Former Western Michigan Linebacker Grant DePalma gives an assist by demonstrating the drills. An athlete's vertical is an important tool and can be the difference during evaluation.

Learn some valuable tips above and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.