Nery Castillo is the DP
The Fire essentially crashed out of SuperLiga 2010 with a 1-0 loss to New England but the biggest story of the night was the addition of forward Nery Castillo to the roster as the team's designated player. Castillo should arrive this coming week for a physical and begin training with the team shortly after. Carlos De Los Cobos plans to use Castillo as a striker.
The transfer is an 18 month loan with an option to buy meaning Castillo will be with the Fire until at least the end of the 2011 season.
Frank Klopas also suggested that the club may also still be in the hunt for a second and possibly a third designated player acquistion. You can listen to the entire press conference on the Fire Confidential podcast page.
Revs 1 Fire 0
The Fire changed personnel and formation to start the second half of the match and failed to produce many scoring opportunities with McBride and John up top in a 4-4-2. The best chance of the half came in the 54th minute when Justin Mapp headed a cross from Marco Pappa over an open net.
The loss marks the third embarrasing tournament outcome for the club in as many tries this season. An uninspiring performance in the Sister Cities Tournament, a loss to a USL-2 side in the US Open Cup, and now an early exit in SuperLiga will give the Fire plenty of time to focus only on the remainder of the MLS season.
The addition of Castillo along with the anticipated return from injuries of John Thorrington, Patrick Nyarko, Baggio Husidic, and Logan Pause should provide some opportunity for optimism.