Fire release injury-plagued Maric

The Chicago Fire barely saw what midfielder Marko Maric could bring to the table this season.

Maric was released by the Fire on Wednesday as the team made the announcement before its international friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara.

The 28-year-old Maric was one of the highest-paid players on Chicago's roster, and the Fire hardly got their money's worth from him on the pitch. The Croatian's lone game with the Fire was on April 14 during an ugly loss against the Portland Timbers. Maric was a halftime replacement for Michael Videira, but then Maric had to come out of the match less than 20 minutes later because of an injury.

Maric suffered a left deltoid sprain from that Timbers match. Then for the past couple of months Maric has been listed on the injury report with left ankle posterior capsulitis (inflammation).

Maric's base salary of $150,000 ($200,000 guaranteed compensation) made him one of the highest-paid players on Chicago's roster.