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The Fire signed the former Charleston Battery shot stopper to back up on-duty U.S. national team call-up Sean Johnson and Italian Paolo Tornaghi.

With Sean Johnson out on U.S. national team duty and only one other goalkeeper under contract, the Chicago Fire needed to make a move ahead of this weekend's match against Chivas USA, and they acted accordingly.

The Fire signed Alec Kann, formerly of USL PRO's Charleston Battery, on Tuesday, and he will be the club's backup when it hosts Chivas on Sunday. Chicago entered the season with just two goalkeepers on its roster, and with Johnson acting as a backup goalkeeper for the U.S. national team during its World Cup qualifying matches against Costa Rica and Mexico, Paolo Tornaghi was the only shot stopper remaining.

Tornaghi had 14 saves and one clean sheet in three starts early last season. Kann, a 22-year-old, 6-foot-4 Furman University product, will be Tornaghi's understudy against the Goats as the Fire look to win for the first time in 2013 after stumbling to an 0-2-1 start.

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