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Lacking in confidence and bereft of a killer instinct in front of goal during the early stages of his first season in Major League Soccer, the Chicago Fire's first Designated Player signing of the


Born in Brasilia in 1982, Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite - a former Ballon d'Or winner and 2002 FIFA World Cup champion with Brazil - excelled at tennis at a young age.

With just over a third of the 2015 MLS season gone, all four of the Chicago Fire’s victories have come against Eastern Conference opponents.

Since signing on as Head Coach and Director of Soccer for the Chicago Fire on October 31, 2013, Frank Yallop's task of welding together a harmonious side - from back to front - has proved onerous.