Posts Tagged ‘Carlos de los Cabos’

JULY 17: DESIGNATED PLAYER WATCH

July 17, 2010

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.

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FIRE SIGN DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO

July 17, 2010

FIRE TO ANNOUNCE DP – MEXICAN INTERNATIONAL NERY CASTILLO?

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 Chautemoc 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.

2010 SUPERLIGA: WHAT TO WATCH FOR

July 14, 2010

2010 SUPERLIGA – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

FAMILIAR FOES – PACHUCA v HOUSTON

Possibly the best rivalry between an MLS club and a Mexican Club, these two have put on some of the best club matches seen on this continent in the CONCACAF Cahmpiosn League/Cup. The two sides played a memorable  SuperLiga semifinal goal fest in 2007 with the 10 man Dynamo getting a late equalizer to send the match to extra time only to see Pachuca take the match on penalties. The 2010 edition of this rivalry will be the Group A opener for both clubs. If you see only one SuperLiga match this year, make it this Thursday at Robertson Stadium.

SISTER SIDES? MORELIA v CHICAGO

The Chicago Fire and Mexican club Morelia have a sister club relationship.  They have had since 2003 and the Fire even sported Morelia colors for a few matches in the clubs 2004 MLS Season. What this relationship means, I have no idea, as the two clubs haven’t met since before the deal was made..

It was the quarterfinals of the  CONCACAF Champions Cup (Precursor to the current Champions League) in 2002 and the Fire came back in the 2nd leg of the tie at then home Cardinal Stadium in Naperville IL, only to see their efforts couldn’t stave off elimination.

So Wednesday Night the sister-clubs meet for the first time in eight years.  Outside of the Houston-Pachuca match, this may be, on paper anyway, the tie of the group stages.

PACHUCA: TEAM (MEXICAN) AMERICA

CF Pachuca is fast becoming a breeding ground for talent; American talent. Pachuca has not one but THREE Americans on it’s roster.  Two of them saw (more…)

FIRE RETURN A POSSIBILITY FOR BLANCO

May 12, 2010

FIRE RETURN A POSSIBILITY FOR BLANCO

Cuauhtémoc Blanco will be looking for a new team after the World Cup, but there is nothing stopping him from making his new team one of his old teams, the Chicago Fire, for example.

“We never close any doors with any players,” said team Technical Director Frank Klopas. “Obviously the door is always open, especially for players [like Blanco] who hold the Fire in high regards and feel that this has been a good place for them.”

Klopas and Fire Head Coach Carols de los Cabos were at Soldier Field on Monday to take in the Mexico v Senegal tune-up and spoke to Blanco on the pitch before the match, as the Mexican legend had refused all interviews.

Blanco was the Fire’s first Designated Player and scored 16 goals over his three seasons with the club.

FIRE WAIVE BUSCH – GUARANTEED CONTRACT FALLOUT?

March 23, 2010

FIRE WAIVE BUSCH – GUARANTEED CONTRACT FALLOUT?

‘Be careful what you wish for…’ This might be the sentiment many Major League Soccer players have swirling around their heads this week as the implications of the new CBA are hurried into place before the start of the 2010 season.

Guaranteed Contracts were an issue for the players in the CBA negotiations but now it is the League and the teams who have to make that practice work by meeting the roster compliance deadline of Wednesday at 5pm ET.

The biggest and in some ways most surprising casualty so far has been Chicago Fire dropping Goalkeeper Jon Busch.  Busch was a regular starter and reliable leader for the Fire and was an essential element in their run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2009. It is possible that he could not fit in to new manager Carlos de los Cabos’ system, but a more likely scenario is that the Fire were looking to make a signing at the ‘keeper position sometime this season and didn’t want to be saddled with his guaranteed salary for the entire season.

Most teams have to make tough choices to get in under the cap, but more often than not there is some warning, as in the case with Kevin Hartman.  It is clear on SOME level that a team is going to move in a different direction.  That is what makes the Busch issue so distressing.

The CBA negotiations put many front office decisions on hold, but just days before the start of the season the Fire are about to leave the goal mouth protected by a kid with one MLS start in Andrew Dykstra and a rookie backup besides.  This does not have the ring of a long-term strategy.  Busch played many minutes in the pre-season and, according to Soccer Insider, he was shocked at his dismissal.  Makes you wonder why Chicago didn’t hang on to Dominic Cervi last season if they felt Busch was not the answer and I certainly do not believe the Jerzy Dudek rumors.

Busch is not the only example, as D.C. United has waived John DiRaimondo and the San Jose Earthquakes dropped Simon Elliott. All these players are proven MLS talent.  Both Elliott and Busch are great locker room leaders and great people besides.

The more important question: Is this going to be a trend? Are MLS teams going to start dumping mid-level salaries and experienced players? Will there be a ‘middle-class’ player vacuum in Major League Soccer?