The Chicago Fire picked up the options on 12 players for 2018 to go along with the nine players already under contract for next season.
The nine include keeper Matt Lampson
2018 contract became guaranteed after a performance clause of games played during the 2017 season was triggered.
German World Cup star Bastian Schweinsteiger
was only signed to a
one-year contract so his status for 2018 is up in the air. Juninho
's loan from Tijuana was no exercised, while Joao Meira
is also out of contract.
The club declined contract
options on seven players: Joey Calistri
, Matej Dekovic
, Patrick Doody
, Collin Fernandez
, John Goossens
, Michael Harrington
and Richard Sanchez
(Harrington is an MLS free agent.)
Only D.C. United has not released the names of players under contract for 2018.
2018 Chicago Fire
Goalkeepers: *Jorge Bava, *Stefan Cleveland, Matt Lampson.
Defenders: *Jonathan Campbell, Jorge Corrales, Christian Dean, Johan Kappelhof, *Matt Polster,
Midfielders: David Accam, *Arturo Alvarez, *Brandt Bronico, *Drew Conner, *Daniel Johnson, *Dax McCarty, Djordje Mihailovic.
Forwards: *David Arshakyan,
Michael de Leeuw, Nemanja Nikolic, Luis Solignac.