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.