Fire send Magee, Bryce to USL affiliate Saint Louis on loan


Fire send Magee, Bryce to USL affiliate Saint Louis on loan

Following an injury-laden nine months, the man they call ‘Magic Mike’ is closing in on a return to the pitch.

On Thursday, the Chicago Fire announced forward Mike Magee and midfielder Kingsley Bryce will be dispatched to USL affiliate Saint Louis FC - the former on a three-day loan - with head coach Frank Yallop confirming the news at Fire training.

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“He’s going to go play in St. Louis and get a game under his belt - about 60 minutes,” Yallop said. “We’ll see how he’s feeling for [next] Wednesday. [He] probably won’t be good for the D.C. game, but we’re hoping for the Orlando home game next Saturday.

The news marks the latest breakthrough in the Chicago native’s resurgence toward a MLS appearance for the Men in Red after hip and knee injuries in 2014 kept Magee out of contention since last September. Although he initially targeted his return in the Fire's Eastern Conference battle against the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Magee's return to MLS play will be put on ice for now.

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Meanwhile, Bryce's loan will encompass a more prolonged period as Yallop intends for the former Saint Louis University Billiken to get an extended run of games. The Plano, Texas native made one start and logged five substitute appearances in the Men in Red's six preseason matches.

"This loan is a great opportunity for Kingsley to get meaningful games under his belt," Yallop added. "He's a young player and this move can only help him as he continues to develop."

Magee and Bryce represent the newest additions for the USL outfit, which has welcomed current loanees Alec Kann and Patrick Doody into its fold this season. The 2013 MLS MVP will feature in the club’s match against Louisville City FC Saturday night.

Chicago Fire permanently sign midfielder Aleksandar Katai


Chicago Fire permanently sign midfielder Aleksandar Katai

The Fire have secured the transfer of midfielder Aleksandar Katai from Deportivo Alavés of the Spanish La Liga, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

This season’s breakout playmaker has been signed with Chicago through 2019, with a 2020 club option. Before the transfer, Katai was on loan from Alavés, which was set to expire after July.

The Serbian player has emerged as one of the most important pieces of the Fire’s offense this season. Since joining the club on Feb. 6, Katai has scored eight goals in 18 league matches, tying forward Nemanja Nikolić for the most on the team. Katai also has three assists in 2018.

The 27-year-old’s biggest game of the year came against New York City FC last month when he scored two goals to lead the Fire to 3-2 victory. His production this season in the MLS has been much more significant than it was in 23 matches with Alavés, where Katai only tallied three goals and four assists.

His transfer fee is unknown but, according to Sam Stejskal of, he will be a “Targeted Allocation Money player” for the rest of this season and will not be a Designated Player until 2019. Whatever the official price was, acquiring Katai for a lengthier amount of time seemed like a must.

Throughout this season, the Fire were rumored to be in talks with legendary Spanish striker Fernando Torres. On Tuesday, he signed with Sagan Tosu, a Japanese club. The Fire signed Katai the next day, showing that the team was possibly waiting for Torres to leave the market.

Chicago will face the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night at Toyota Park, where Katai will look to continue his impressive season.

Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof involved in car crash on Thursday morning


Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof involved in car crash on Thursday morning

Chicago Fire defender Johan Kappelhof was involved in a car accident on his way to practice Thursday morning that sent him to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to authorities and the Secretary of State’s Office, a box truck crashed into the Dutch player’s 2013 Volkswagen and another vehicle in the 5900 block of South Harlem. Kappelhof’s vehicle rolled over and two people fled from the scene.

The driver ran on foot and the passenger moved into the driver’s seat before driving the truck onto the Stevenson Expressway after the crash, officials said. After the damaged vehicle broke down, police say the same passenger tried to jump into the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Both were taken into custody.

Team officials said Kappelhof was treated and released from the hospital without indicators of a concussion. The 27-year-old was reportedly seen at Toyota Park after the crash and did not have any serious injuries. The other driver who was hit by the box truck was also treated, police said.

This season in league play with the Fire, Kappelhof has three assists in 16 games. The international product was a 2017 MLS All-Star and the Defensive Player of the Year for the Fire last season. He was signed in 2016 and has made one MLS Cup Playoffs appearance.