Fire cut Elmhurst native Herrick

The Chicago Fire released forward and Elmhurst native Jason Herrick over the weekend.

Herrick, a York High School grad and former University of Maryland striker, was selected by the Fire as the 45th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The four-time Illinois State Cup title winner with the Chicago Sockers contributed an assist during the Fire's 4-2 reserve team win over the New York Red Bulls on Feb. 23.

Chicago is thin at the forward slot as far as signed players go. Calen Carr and Uruguayans Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari are the only three signed forwards so far, and Patrick Nyarko has been utilized more in the midfield.

The Fire have 31 players training with the team, and several signings are expected as early as Tuesday. Chicago heads out to Charleston, S.C., this week to take part in the Carolina Challenge Cup, squaring off against MLS side Toronto FC on Saturday.

The Fire also recently cut trialists Shane Clark, Nabil Taider and Kwame Obeng Darko. Darko was briefly with the Fire for last week's doubleheader against New York.

First to host U.S. Open Cup match:The Fire won a coin flip with the Colorado Rapids to host the second round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup qualifying. No date has been set on when Chicago will host the 2010 MLS Cup champs, but the game will be played before the end of April.