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Ex-Inter keeper Tornaghi trialing without a fuss for Chicago Fire

Goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi is impressing all involved with the Chicago Fire as he goes about winning a contract with the MLS club.

The 23-year old former Inter Milan gloveman has been trialing with the Fire ahead of the 2012 season and from all reports, the club are keen to sign the man who has had an envious soccer upbringing in Italy.

"He's grown up training with guys like Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder and all those guys," Fire goalkeeper coach Aron Hyde told "Anyone you throw at him out here, he's not really too worried about.

"With a little bit of time he could make a real push," Hyde added. "He's a real threat to Jay [Nolly, the No. 2 'keeper] and he's a challenge to Sean (Johnson, No.1 ), and that's what we want. We want all three of them fighting, and whoever gets it done is going to play."

Tornaghi said the opportunity to try his luck in the USA was too hard to pass up, especially with the way that the lower divisions in Italy are struggling financially.

"In Italy we're having some problems with the economy of the third teams and the fourth teams, so I had to start thinking about the future," Tornaghi said.

"I figured, why not try? When they told me the possibility was there for me to come here I was very excited."

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