Chicago Fire have made the dramatic decision to release 11 players from their contracts, leaving them with a thread-bare squad for 2015.
The MLS side endured a disappointing 2014, ending the season ninth in the Eastern Conference and fifteenth in the overall table.
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They have now confirmed 11 players will leave the club, including ex-Liverpool player Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Premier League journeyman Robert Earnshaw.
The eleven in full are; Marco Franco, Patrick Iann, Hunter Jumper, Alex Nyassi, Sanna Nyassi, Robert Earnshaw, Matt Fondy, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare and Steven Kinney.
It means they have just eight players currently under contract for 2015 – Sean Johnson, Jeff Larentowicz, Lovel Palmer, Razvan Coci, Harry Shipp, Juan Luis Anangono, Mike Magee and Patrick Nyarko – though Nyarko is out with an ACL injury until at least spring.