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MANAUS BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  DaMarcus Beasley United States controls ball during 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: DaMarcus Beasley of the United States controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 491677751

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Updated: August 10, 2014 6:35AM

Defender Gonzalo Segares has been through this before. He has heard all the names linked to the Fire by speculation or plain wishful thinking.

The summer transfer window opened Tuesday, but Segares won’t be paying too much attention to who’s connected to the Fire until they actually arrive at Toyota Park.

‘‘It’s been like that for many years now,’’ Segares said. ‘‘There’s a lot of rumors. People are always going to talk about it.’’

This year, there has been some chatter that former Fire star Da-
Marcus Beasley, U.S. World Cup hero Jermaine Jones or Brazil
attacker Robinho would sign with the team, giving it a much-needed boost. Coach Frank Yallop said bringing in a designated player is ‘‘one of the thoughts,’’ though he didn’t provide names.

But that doesn’t mean the Fire, who visit the Atlanta Silverbacks for a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Wednesday, will sign a player just for the sake of doing it. They want the fit to be right, both in the short term and in the long term, and not bring in a player just to placate fans or generate post-World Cup buzz.

‘‘I just had a good conversation [Monday] with [Fire chairman] Andrew [Hauptman], and he’s up for anything,’’ Yallop said. ‘‘He said, ‘I’m ready to do what you think is right for this club.’ So we are trying to make some good moves, but it’s got to be the right positions and in the right spots and the right character.

‘‘Again, I don’t want to be panicked into getting something because we think we need to do something.’’

The Fire need to make some moves. Though they sit only four points out of a playoff spot in
Major League Soccer at 2-4-10 (16 points), they’re in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and haven’t figured out how to turn winnable games into victories. A good new signing, famous name or not, would help.

‘‘To be honest, I haven’t thought about it at all,’’ Fire striker Mike Magee said. ‘‘But now that you mention it, we need better players. We need more competition at spots, and we need to win more games.

‘‘My entire career, teams are always trying to improve themselves. Our team doesn’t have the luxury to say after 16 games that we’re good enough to win an
MLS Cup.’’

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