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Chicago Fire terminate Rafael Ramos’ contract, freeing him to sign with FC Twente

Jun 30, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Fire defender Rafael Ramos (27) takes the field before the game against New York City at Bridgeview Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Rafael Ramos’ short, uneventful tenure with the Chicago Fire has come to an end.

The Fire and the Portuguese right back mutually terminated the player’s contract. He was then free to sign with FC Twente, which was relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie last season.

Ramos, 23, joined the Fire in a trade with Orlando during the winter. The Fire sent Cam Lindley’s homegrown rights to the Lions for Ramos and $100,000 in targeted allocation money.

Ramos had been a key part of Orlando’s expansion season in 2015 with 24 starts and 25 appearances in MLS play. His playing time gradually decreased, though, mostly due to injuries. In 2016 he made 12 starts and then just 55 total minutes in two appearances last season.

He went to the Fire looking for a fresh start. Even after starting right back Matt Polster went down with a knee injury, Ramos still didn’t get consistent minutes. He only made three appearances, one start, with the Fire in MLS play and he played in two U.S. Open Cup games.

Lindley was a highly-regarded homegrown prospect for the Fire. He featured in the team’s U-17/18 Development Academy national title in 2014-15. While the Fire did get allocation money from the trade, not getting more out of a prospect like Lindley will be looked at as a disappointment.

Lindley hasn’t played in MLS since starting three of the first four Lions matches, but the 21-year-old did impress at the MLS Homegrown Game.

This is the second departure of a player the Fire traded for in the offseason. The Fire traded up to get Jon Bakero in the draft, but sent him to Toronto on July 20.

Ramos had a green card so his exit doesn’t free up an international spot.

With Polster still out, Kevin Ellis will remain the first choice right back. Jorge Corrales, a natural left back, can also play at the position as a backup. Diego Campos has also played at right back, but suffered a left knee injury in Saturday’s loss at Real Salt Lake.




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