MLS Draft Team Recap: Chicago Fire

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When the Chicago Fire entered the 2011 MLS Draft, the hope was that the rebuilding club would be able to find defensive help to make up for the losses of Wilman Conde and C.J. Brown.

The club's wishes were answered when North Carolina central defender Jalil Anibaba fell to the Fire at the No. 9 pick in the MLS Draft.

The most impressive player at the MLS Combine, Anibaba is the type of centerback capable of building Chicago's defense around, and landing him helped give Chicago a strong draft for the second straight year. The Fire also added a pair of forwards in the third round in Jason Herrick and Davis Paul who could add some depth at a thin position.

SBI caught up with Anibaba after he was drafted. Watch our video interview after the jump (and share your thoughts on Chicago's draft in the comments section below):

Jalil Anibaba Draft from Soccer By Ives on Vimeo.

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13 Responses to MLS Draft Team Recap: Chicago Fire

  1. eligible to play for the US?

  2. Wade says:

    Looks like it, played for U-18 and U-20 USA national teams.

  3. Chi-town Hammer says:

    I like this kid. He will be good for the team.

  4. SuperChivo says:

    Sounds pretty American to me.

  5. Cyclone says:

    They also got a veteran goalkeeper in Jon Conway to push and mentor Sean Johnson. That is not an insignificant add, and not bad for a low draft pick. Esp. since they had two other 3rd rd picks.

  6. Chi-town Hammer says:

    Johnson starts, Conway on the bench…Dkystra playing the reserve league. its a win win

  7. Second City says:

    KWS & Anibaba are definitely the future on our backline with GK of the future Johnson learning on the job.

    Gotta be strong up the spine and going forward those three spots are looking promising with our rebuilding project.

  8. mike says:

    Hahaha. Chicago Fire. Oh the hopes and dreams. Good luck kids.

  9. The Dude says:

    Love this kid.

  10. Morning Train says:

    see you at The Globe!

    great pick, great kid. still some work left for the front office, a lot of questions up top.

    back line looking better everyday, KWS and Cory Gibbs

  11. Biff@yahoo.com says:

    He’s from California. Watched him play at Santa Clara and then foliowed his stellar year at unc. He’s a stellar pick for Chicago. Great defender, and a strong leader for his teams. I believe he was captain at both schools. Chicago has a great base at their spine, let’s hope they can pull it together and win.

  12. mike says:

    Being a messageboard troll is fun! Hahaha.

    I’m just mad at my own miserable life, ignore me…it’s the only joy I get, trust me!

  13. Pike says:

    Nice young core to build around for Chicago…They still could use a star player since Castillo appears to have been a bust.