Krol loan official

The Fire made the official announcement today that defender Krzysztof Krol will join the club on loan from Jagiellonia Bialystok for the 2010 season. Krol will join the Fire pending receipt of his Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Terms of the deal, which a Polish report said was for one year, were not officially released.

Krol, 22, played for the Real Madrid Reserves from 2006-08 before he joined Jagiellonia -- where he played with former Fire player Tomasz Frankowski and where he was named to the Polish league's best player of the month list four times.

"Krzysztof is a solid defender who will make an immediate impact on the team with his style of play," said Fire technical director Frank Klopas. "We are very excited to have him join the club's roster and have the kind of impact on the Fire that he did with Jagiellonia."

Krol replaces departed left back Gonzalo Segares, who left the Fire this offseason to join Cypriot club Apollon FC.
"I'm excited to be joining a great club like the Chicago Fire and am looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the Chicago Fire staff and all the great fans of the Chicago Fire," said Krol. "I would also like to thank Jagiellonia Bialystok, the fans and my teammates for the opportunities given to me and all the great soccer moments we shared in the last couple of years. All of this would not be possible if it weren't for the help and foresight of the Chicago Fire, Frank Klopas, Czarek Kulesza of Jagiellonia Biallystok, Tomasz Frankowski and my agent, John Zapa."

As I've said before, I'm a big fan of the move. From all indications, Krol is a very solid player and should be able to contribute to the Fire immediately. Obviously, we'll have to wait and see how everything turns out, but for the time being, it seems like Frank Klopas made yet another solid move in an offseason full of them.

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  • Yes!!! One more signing to go.

  • I thought Gonzo was only going until Summer and then coming back, per the Greek club announcement. Just hedging his bets with the labor agreement maybe, but isn't he planning to return?

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Gonzalo certainly could come back at the end of his contract with Apollon FC. However, if he has offers from clubs in Europe I believe he'll stay there. Here's what he told me a couple weeks back about the whole situation:

    "At the end [of the contract] we both have an option, me and the team to see if I stay or go so if they want me we will negotiate and if not then I will leave. Also it gives me the chance for maybe someone else to see me and try to jump to a different team. As of now what I want is to get back on the field and play. Get back my rhythm and play some games because its just been a while without an actual game so I just need to get some games and hopefully I will do ok and then at the end like I told you negotiate here or go somewhere else."

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Good move, I guess, but you would thunk that Mr. Attacking Soccer Klopas would go out and sign a striker or midfielder. Still, if he's good enough, by all means make the acquisition. I'm thinking that using the DP for a defender might mean that the other signing is coming. If so, another excellent move by Klopas. Plus, think of how strong the backline would be if Segares ended up coming back. Krol, Brown, Ward, Segares. Now that would be entertaining soccer.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    who said anything about krol being a dp?

  • In reply to kaca:

    As kaca correctly pointed out, Krol will not be filling a DP slot for the Fire.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Umm Conde?

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I wonder how the Polish league compares to MLS...he did start 30 or so games last season. Mike Banner did alright at left back last year should we need cover at the position.

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