Blanco anyone?

 A quote from Mr. White's agent, Jose Manuel Sanz (from mlssoccer.com)

"Sanz also represents Cuauhtémoc Blanco, who is currently in camp with the Mexican National Team in preparation for the 2010 World Cup. He would not rule out a possible return for the former Chicago Fire midfield leader."

"His years with the Chicago Fire were very good years for him," Sanz said. "We have always been thinking of the possibility that Cuauhtémoc can finish his career in MLS after the World Cup. One of the ideas is that there is a year-and-a-half left -- the rest of this year and all of 2011. We would have to see what offers would come. If they are good, we would listen. Chicago is the team where he played so it is right to give them first priority but we would listen to other offers."

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  • MEH. I'm much less interested in them going after Blanco than some of the other names I've heard floated around. That deal won't be cheap and let's face it, the guy is old. He put in some good time with us, but at this point he has no speed and is an injury liability. Sure, he can still serve the ball with the best of them, but I think we need a little bit more than that. Such an amount of money could be better directed.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    what other names have been floated around?

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    I've been floating Ballack's name, but nobody seems to take me seriously...

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    Pires? Everyone wants a Frenchman nowadays.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Pires seems to be headed to Philly.

  • In reply to mwaech1:

    Let's remember that we have a coach now that will play Blanco where he belongs and that is in the middle of the midfield. The thought of Blanco hitting passes to guys like Collins John and putting Pappa in position with good passes with that long rang shot he has now , plus hitting the ever improving Nyarko with passes in stride.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    Good point

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    You cannot play a 4-4-2 with Cuauht

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Guillermo Barros Schelotto won the MLS Cup with a real coach in Sigi Schimd. Blanco had coaches like Osorio and Hamlett. Schelotto and Blanco are different in terms of style of play but they're both difference makers.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    I loved Blanco and his contributions to the Fire on and off the field have been fantastic but as with the previous comments, I believe that the Fire would be best served by moving on. As he gets older and less capable his own reputation will suffer. Bringing him back would be a short term fix that ignores the long term needs of the team. Decide for the future.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Off topic. But, Greg Jarrett closed off his piece with John Kass with some banter over the UEFA CL game yesterday and then mentioned he's going to be blogging from South Africa during the Cup. Tres Cool.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    John Kass rules.

  • In reply to cesba:

    By "he", I meant Greg Jarrett. John Kass sounded pretty (as was I) jealous when heard the news.

    Great link on the AP about ESPN plans for the WC
    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ap-wcup-espnexpansion

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would welcome Blanco back with the Fire. Midfield is their weakness at this point. Blanco is 37 but he gets the job done; Guillermo Barros Schelloto from Columbus is around the same age and he still got a little bit in the tank. The Fire will be fine and if they brought back Blanco, they will be a better team.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    The difference between Schelloto and Blanco is the ability to run a 40 yrd dash in under 10 seconds. One can and one cannot. We, unfortunately, had the one that cannot. One makes his team better by being a leader and one screams at and tries to embarrass his teammates for making him step one step away to get a pass. One wins an MLS Cup and one can only get to the conference final...

  • if he is cheap and knows he is a second half sub i take him.. otherwise no thanks.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Well he will def not be cheap, and he will def not want to be a second half sub.

  • In reply to lijien:

    If we were in danger of missing the playoffs after the world cup, I would be in favor of giving him a 6 month contract (until end of 2010 season) with the team having an option to extend. But getting locked in thru 2011 is not a good idea. Especially if there is any chance to sign a international-caliber DP who is closer to 30 than 40.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    I wouldn't be opposed to that idea.

  • In reply to lijien:

    What would be the possibility of seeing Thierry Henry come to MLS? He seems to be sitting the bench at Barca quite a bit this season. I think he has one year left on his contract.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    I believe that Thierry Henry will land in MLS no later than next season. He's either in New York or Seattle from most indications.

    Mlssoccer.com is reporting that Del Piero could land in New York. The Red Bulls are also apparently not going to be shy about buying that third DP slot either.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Way too much short term thinking going on here. The fact thaty we (The Fire) have lost 4 MLS all-stars is being ignored. From a practical standpoint this is a rebuilding year and additions to the team need to be approached that way.
    None of the names being floated really inspire me because I don't see any of them making the rest of the team better. Blanco should be the model for the Fire's DP and I don't see either Thierry Henry or Ballack being that type of player.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would love it if MLS teams were to start pursuing younger DP's but there are too many options and dollars to be made overseas at the moment for guys in the prime of their careers to want to make the move. The unfortunate reality is that most DP candidates are short term guys at the momemt.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I agree that it's not practical to think that we can compete with Europe for up and coming young players. However, what I am suggesting is that the choice of a DP should be based upon his creative abilities, that is, abilities that enhance the whole team play. As much as I may like Henry I look upon him as a creative scorer, not a play-maker. (I am also very concerned about selecting pure scorers entering their twilight years. I think they primarily provide MLS defenders with targets.) Ballack is more in the mold I'm talking about but today German creative midfieldes seems like an oxymoron -- BTW I'm German and root for Bayern so no hate mail!!. I would love to hear recommendations of the type of midfield wizard that I'm looking for.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I've always liked Clarence Seedorf and there have been MLS rumors in the past. Ballack would be phenomenal. Juan Roman Riquelme would be exactly what the Fire need, his contract with Boca expires in June.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR please forward those recommendations to Frank Klopas asap !!! Riquelme particularly intrigues me because a long time ago I believe that Paul Gardner recommended that the Argentinian style of skilled physical play was the Latin style most suited/compatible to the US. Maybe Riquelme can start that process !! Seedorf also sounds fantastic. I love "tota; Footbal". June looks to be really exciting if these guys could be in play for the Fire.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Because that strategy worked so well for the New York Cosmos

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