JULY 17: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

UPDATED: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

The Chicago Fire have announced the Designated Player signing of  Mexican International Nery Castillo who has been negotiating with Greek side Olympiacos, where he played from 2000-2007.

The 26-year-old Castillo, who played at Manchester City in 2008 as part of a loan deal; with his then club Shakhtar Donetsk, is a much more versatile player than Blanco.  Castillo can play up front, on the wing or can play an attacking role out of the midfield.

Castillo may be the answer to the Fire’s problems in terms of attack, but one can only hope that Carlos de los Cabos and Frank Klopas now turn their sights toward some defensive help.

The designated player announcement was made Saturday between Games 1 and 2 of the SuperLiga double header at Toyota Park.

RSL’S CHECKETTS HELPS RONALDINHO RUMOR STAY ALIVE

Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checkett’s has intimated that a DP signing may be headed to Los Angeles.

Checketts told radio listeners on KALL 10 Sports that he expected another big designated player signing in the league sooon, but quick assuaged people of the notion that it was a potential RSL signing.

“Not to our team, I don’t want to mislead anybody, but another one of our teams is going to make a major investment and that will be a big announcement in the next couple of days. I would imagine that this guy’s coming to L.A. and you’ll all recognize who he is.”

Checketts was asked if the potential signing was Brazilian, he replied: “I think he might.”

Since then, the rumor mill has been cranking Ronaldinho stories, even though Milan has refused to even acknowledge offers for the 30-year-old playmaker, who is still under contract with the club.

Various contrary reports have Brazilian side Flamengo making a huge bid to Bring Ronaldinho back to his homeland,  and others believe the player will not leave Milan, and yet more reports have ‘Dinho already signed with LA, just waiting for the Henry press to subside before making an announcement.

Watch this space.

ARENA HINTS AT DP MOVE, SOONER OR LATER

The Los Angeles Galaxy don’t seem to be bothered by all the designated player signing hoopla that is going on around the league.  Thierry Henry in New York, Nery Castillo in Chicago, Blaise Nkufo in Seattle all officially joining their team on Thursday.

The Galaxy, sitting atop the league table don’t seem phased. The Galaxy were the first ever team to posses two DP’s in Landon Donovan and David Beckham, but some of charm may have worn off all the new signings have played at times with just one at at other times with neither Beckham or Donovan.  Would a third DP help balance the injuries, loan spells and international call-ups of the existing two DP’s

“It’s something we always discuss, obviously,” Arena said on the league website. “Right now we only have one DP, and that’s Landon. There’s always talk about adding another if it’s the right fit for our team if we can do it at the right time. We’re constantly exploring those possibilities. It’s something that could happen this year or next year.”

The Galaxy seem to be content to wait for the right moment. Either that or they are very coy at the Home Depot Centre.

Arena know the value of a key designated player signing, and thinks the Red Bull move for Thierry Henry may just fit that bill.

“It’s great,” Arena said of the signing. “I hope he’s a good player in the league and he brings quality both on and off the field, and if he does that, he’s a fabulous signing.

Would a third Designated player in the Galaxy lineup make the best team in the league better, or would it be a risk that could affect the team chemistry?

“If it’s a high profile or quality player, I don’t know why that would be a risk,” Arena said. “That’s the reason you bring in a player, because you believe he’s going to make you better.”

The rumor mill is rife with Ronaldinho talk and would he come to the Galaxy and what would it mean to the team. Certainly Arena can see three attacking midfielders in Donovan and Beckham on the wings with Ronaldinho coming through the middle as a sort of dream midfield.

“If we’re bringing in a player, it would be pretty foolish to bring in a player that’s high-salaried that can’t produce,” he said. “That doesn’t seem to make sense to me. He would have to be a player who can help your team. It may not happen in Game One but he would have to help your team in 2010 if you are going to bring him in mid-year, or else it makes no sense.”

NEW SIGNINGS PLAY IN LOSING EFFORTS

DC United’s new designated player Branko Boskovic and new signing Pablo Hernandez both saw action in DC United’s Thursday Night match against Seattle.  United lost on a 89th minute Sounders goal, but the two new signings had a chance to get a run out with the side and settle in.

“The level everywhere now is high.” Boskovic said about Major league Soccer. “Everybody runs wells, you must be physically very good – MLS is the same. I need to keep playing, and I hope the next game physically I am much better.”

Both Boskovic and 23-year old, Hernandez came on in the second half in the match.

Blaise Nkufo did not see action though he was dressed and ready to go at RFK.

Meanwhile at the Home Depot Centre, Chivas USA debuted two new signings. New Mexican international Rodolfo Espinoza played the full 90 minutes and set up Chivas USA’s only goal in a 2-1 SuperLiga loss to Puebla FC on Thursday. Venezuela international Giancarlo Maldonado started and played 75 minutes. And newly re-signed Paulo Nagamura played 62 minutes.

READ…D.P. UPDATE – FIRE SIGN NERY CASTILLO

READ… D.P. UPDATE – WIZARDS SIGN OMAR BRAVO

READ…D.P. UPDATE – LJUNGBERG DRAMA

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