Fire continue a tradition with Król

the manager has a very good grasp on the players strengths and he's pushing us to to play fast, with quick 1-2 passing and the idea of attacking the goal."

A left back that models his play after that of Manchester United's Patrice Evra, Krol is being pegged as the Fire's solution to the hole at the position left vacant since Gonzalo Segares signed with Cypriot club Apollon last month. Along with players selected in last month's SuperDraft, Krol is among a slew of new foreign talent in Fire training camp, joining Salvadoran midfielder Julio Martinez and Dutch trialist Collins John in an effort to rebuild a Fire team that has lost some key cogs since last season.

Although he didn't have a great background on the Fire before joining the club, he did know about the Polish roots within the team and was able to speak to someone familiar with the organization before signing on the dotted line.

"I obviously knew about Peter Nowak's time with the Fire and I had the chance to talk with Roman [Kosecki] before signing. He spoke very highly of his time with the club and so far it seems like a team with an eye on winning every year and the short history behind the Fire name is one with a lot of success. I'm impressed with the level of professionalism that has been on display since I've been here and I think 2010 will be no different in terms of success."

Originally from Rydultowy, Poland, Krol is looking forward to enjoying the iconic status he's already receiving by becoming the newest Pole to sign in a city with the second highest Polish population in the world.

"It's just an exciting time for me," said Krol. "I've had so many media requests, people wanting my number and I haven't even been to Chicago yet. I'm looking forward to seeing the flags and the representation the Polish community will bring out to Toyota Park when the season starts."