It's been a while since I last spoke with Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas so we had a few things to catch up on when we talked today. First on the list was the Fire's newest player, defender Krzysztof Krol. The 22-year-old Krol, who the Fire officially acquired on loan from Polish team Jagiellonia Bialystok, will likely fill the void left by Gonzalo Segares at left back.
"He's a good, young, dynamic player that looks to get forward," Klopas said of Krol. "He's physically strong and he's a talented young player."
"We want to attack and get forward and I think he fits that role and also we have a super coach from whom he can learn and become better so I think hes in a very good environment and it's up to him to come with the right attitude and work hard every day to improve as a player." Klopas said that he doesn't anticipate that Krol -- who speaks fluent English, Spanish, and Polish -- will have any trouble adjusting from European life to living in Chicago. I think it's absolutely fantastic that Krol will be able to easily communicate with every member of the Fire's roster. It should allow him to integrate into the team very easily and will serve to help build the cohesion that every championship team needs.
But Krol isn't the only player the Fire has added in the last few weeks -- and he isn't the only new acquisition Klopas and I discussed today. The Fire acquired midfielder Julio Martinez on loan from Mexican team Club Leon a week ago. Martinez will be reunited with Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos in Chicago. The pair were previously together when de los Cobos coached Martinez on the Salvadoran National Team.
"Julio is a very good player," Klopas said. "He's able to play different positions which is good. He's very comfortable on the right side and he's able to play on both sides of the ball and that's the complete player. He's very good in the air, a very good crosser, very good shot and can shoot from outside very well."
I also talked with Frank about Collins John -- and the possibility that the Fire could bring him this offseason. But you'll have to wait until tomorrow to get that story... I'm gone for the night.