MLS: Lubos Kubik Allocated to Chicago

MLS has allocated Czech defender Lubos Kubik to the Chicago Fire. Kubik, 34, has scored 12 goals in 56 appearances for the Czech Republic (and the former Czechoslovakia). He appeared in four Czech matches at the 1990 World Cup, including a 5-1 win over the USA. He also appeared in three games at Euro '96, where the Czech Republic reached the final before falling to Germany. "Lubos is a very experienced and talented central defender who has played in the midfield and on defense," said Chicago coach Bob Bradley. "His experience and precision passing out of the back will help anchor a young defense." Kubik started his soccer career with Hradec Kralove, but made his name with Slavia Prague in the Czech First Division from 1987-89. He tried to join England's Derby County (then in the top British division) in 1989, but the Czechoslovak federation refused to approve the deal. He was instead transferred to Italian power Fiorentina. After spending two seasons in Italy, Kubik transferred again, this time to Metz of the French First Division. He played in the German Bundesliga with Nuremberg in the 1993-94 season, before returning to the Czech league with Petra Drnovice and another stint with Slavia Prague. For the past year and a half, he has been a player coach for his hometown club, AFK Atlantic Lazne. Kubik has been training and playing with the Fire for several weeks -- he scored two goals in the recent spring tournament in Florida. The Fire also announced the forward Steve Patterson, an expansion pick who spent part of 1997 with the Colorado Rapids, was placed on waivers. In addition, Canadian national team midfielder Jason Bent has left the Fire's training camp, but former UCLA and Los Angeles Galaxy player Ante Razov has been invited to camp as a non-roster invitee.
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