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Chicago Fire Re-Sign Defenders Omsberg, Navarro

The pair of defenders are set to continue their careers at Soldier Field as the Fire aim to retain experienced players on the back line.
Wyatt Omsberg Miguel Navarro Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire made two roster decisions over the last few days. Defenders Wyatt Omsberg and Miguel Navarro have signed new contracts to stay at Soldier Field.

Omsberg will remain in Chicago through at least the 2022 season. The center-back then has club options in 2023 and 2024.

Omsberg, who was acquired via trade with Minnesota in February of 2020, has made 25 appearances for the Fire, including 13 starts.

He was an important backup center-back who had to start at times due to injuries throughout the defense. The 26-year-old used his 6-foot-3 frame effectively, finishing in the 98th percentile in clearances per 90 (7.99) among all MLS center-backs.

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The Fire also re-signed left-back Miguel Navarro to a new contract that will see him at Soldier Field through the 2024 season. The Fire have a club option for the 2025 season. Navarro will not occupy an international slot as he received his Green Card earlier this year.

When healthy, Navarro is a mainstay in the Fire back line. During his career, Navarro has appeared 47 times for the Fire, including 35 starts. Navarro appeared a career-high 28 times in 2021 alone.

He has been integral to a Fire team that gave up the third-most goals in the Eastern Conference (54). Navarro placed in the 93rd percentile or higher in blocks, shots saved, and passes blocked per 90 minutes amongst all full-backs during the 2021 season.

The Venezuelan also received his first international call-up to his country's national team during his first season with the Fire (October 2020).

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