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Fire select Maicon Santos in MLS re-entry draft

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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.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

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