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Chicago Fire Waive Goalkeeper Jon Busch

March 22, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Chicago Fire FC News Release

CHICAGO, IL (March 22, 2010) - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the club has waived goalkeeper Jon Busch. The Albany, NY product joined the club in March 2007 after being picked up through waivers. Serving as the understudy to Matt Pickens his first year in Chicago, Busch went on to appear in 66 straight MLS regular season and playoff matches, playing every minute from 2008-09. The 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year manned the Fire net 79 times in all competitions during his three seasons in Chicago, going 31-25-23 while earning 27 shutouts. He helped lead the club to back-to-back Eastern Conference finals as well as the 2009 SuperLiga final.

"We want to thank Jon for all his contributions to the club, both on and off the pitch," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "We wish him nothing but the very best moving forward."

Busch began his professional career in the USISL after going undrafted by MLS clubs in 1997. From 1997-01, the UNC-Charlotte product plied his trade in the minor leagues, playing for the Carolina Dynamo, Worcester Wildfire, Hampton Roads Mariners and Hershey Wildcats, leading the latter to the A-League Championship match, en route to being named Goalkeeper of the year in 2001.

Busch made the jump to Major League Soccer in 2002 with the Columbus Crew, where he helped backstop the club to their first ever trophy that year, winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 1-0 over the L.A. Galaxy.

Having played in 147 MLS regular season matches Busch is 60-43-42 over the course of his MLS career. He sits in the Top 10 all-time for all league goalkeeping categories, and is currently number one in all-time saves percentage at 75.9%. He has a career goals against average of 1.20, which stands for fifth all-time.

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