BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Salvadoran defender Deris Umanzor's name has been linked to the Chicago Fire for the past month or so. Now that Umanzor is training with the team this week, he is one step away from signing with Chicago.
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPNChicago.com that the Fire are simply waiting for Umanzor's paperwork to clear with the league before he is officially named to the team. He trained with the Fire during the preseason.
Umanzor previously played for Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos on El Salvador's national team, starting at left defensive back.
Chicago started Mike Banner at left back in the season opener against the New York Red Bulls, then played Poland native Krzysztof Krol at left back last week against the Colorado Rapids.