Though he briefly was on the bubble during the MLS Expansion Draft, the Chicago Fire re-signed defender and Evanston native Dasan Robinson on Tuesday.
"We value Dasan's commitment to the Fire and are very excited to have him back for his sixth season with the club," Fire technical director Frank Klopas said in a statement. "Dasan is a hard working, versatile defender who brings a keen understanding of the game and a strong defensive mind-set to our back line."
Robinson was left unprotected before the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps participated in the Nov. 24 expansion draft. But when the Timbers chose midfielder Peter Lowry, Chicago protected Robinson.
Leg injuries certainly were a factor toward Robinson being on the bubble like that. When healthy, Robinson has shown plenty of grit in the defensive third.
Last year, Robinson played in 17 games, tallying an assist in less than 1,400 minutes. The bulk of his absences stemmed from a lingering hamstring injury.
The Fire selected Robinson in the second round of the 2006 Supplemental Draft. The University of Dayton product played with the Chicago Fire Premier PDL squad from 2004-2005.
Heading into the preseason, the defensive side of the ball appears to be fairly stable despite the losses of C.J. Brown to retirement and Wilman Conde to Atlas. The acquisition of Cory Gibbs in the MLS re-entry draft is the most noteworthy, along with the additions of Josip Mikulic and 2011 first-round draft selection Jalil Anibaba out of North Carolina. All three players have played at center defensive back.
Robinson has played as both a center back and right back, giving Chicago some options to work with heading into preseason training and the 2011 regular season.