Stejskal Source : Blanco's Return Likely

 

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Sam Stejskal checks in with the following information regarding the possibility of Blanco's return to the Fire.

An independent source with knowledge of the situation said that "it's more likely than not" that former Fire forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco will sign with the club this summer.  The 37 year old Blanco, currently out of contract, announced on Tuesday that he intends to play for another year and a half.  Blanco added that he will either make a return to MLS or sign with Mexican club Tigres UANL, Club America, or Veracruz.

When reached for comment prior to the Fire's match against Real Salt Lake on Thursday, Frank Klopas said that Blanco may be an option for the Fire.  "There are alot of options (out) there and Blanco could be one of them", Klopas said on Thursday. "I don't know who you talk to that knows, he must know more than me, but I mean our options are always open with any player that can help our team."

The source also mentioned that Blanco is "apparently ok with being a 30 minute sub". 

The transfer window officially opens on July 15. 

 

 

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  • Let the Blanco watch begin. "La decisi

  • LOL....I can see Blanco sitting in a studio with Chris Doran as the world anxiously awaits "La Decision". Univision will also provide round the clock coverage as the internet forums are ablaze with speculation.

    I'm sure it would be 1,000 times less nauseating than the Lebron James carnival of buffoonery paraded in front of the masses last night.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sources indicate that Blanco will be returning with the Chicago Fire and I saw crowds at yesterday's game vs. RSL exploiting Blanco jerseys and kids chanting for Temo. Something tells me the Blanco with the Fire is a DONE DEAL!!

  • In reply to cesba:

    No DP should be a "thirty minute sub". Not even Blanco. This would be a huge waste of money if he was signed for big money. But, if for some CRAZY and very very unlikely reason he would sign for less than DP money, then he would be very good for the Fire. And he may be done by the time the Fire get Seedorf next summer (we all can dream).

  • In reply to fire1020:

    I would love to see Seedorf wearing a Chicago Fire uniform and the question is: what is his asking price to play here in the states considering his age (he is 3 years younger than Blanco)?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Seedorf has a year left on his contract with Milan, but after that he said he would like to be a part of MLS. A smart and technical Attacking center midfielder like him is exactly what the Fire need to compete with Columbus and LA. I bet that if they paid him a little more than they paid Blanco and give him a high percentage of the money made from selling his shirts and advertisements (like what happens for Beckham) that he would come here. He has far more to offer than Henry or Beckham.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Seedorf would be ideal on the field and off.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Agreed. Ronaldinho in 3 years anyone?

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Seems Ronaldinho has offer on the table from the Galaxy right now.

  • In reply to cesba:

    In more news......Bratislav Ristic has been added to the SuperLiga roster.
    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/07/superliga-2010-teams-announce-rosters

  • In reply to cesba:

    The only team Blanco would be willing to be a "30 minute sub" is the Mexican National team. I don't know what is worse news for Chicago sports, LeBron not coming to Chicago or Blanco coming here...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Which is worse...ESPN 1 hour special of Lebron James saying the obvious or the NBA?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Should a DP be a 30 minute sub?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I don't think he'll be exclusively a 30 minute sub. I think that comment was meant to imply that he would not cause a problem if that was the way DLC decided to use him.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Hes not a 90 minute player. He is a 60 minutes top player now. Is that what a DP should be? Should we be paying a guy MILLIONS to jog around a field with no position at all and lob balls into our strikers head? I think the fact that his people are saying that he is willing to play 30 minutes a game should be a sign that we don't need/want him. We are essentially playing 11v10 with Blanco on the field.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Totally agree with Colton !! I loved Blanco but at some point the Fire has to look to the future and there is no way that Blanco is part of that. I would rather remember him from his past brilliance than see him as he gets slower and slower.
    This year is indeed looking like a rebuilding year and if we act accordingly NOW we can look to the future hopefully; if we expend all our resources ($$$$) with the only goal of making the playoffs it will be money thrown away. I realize that people's jobs may be on the line but if that's the case then the owners themselves need to develop a more long term outlook or else the Fire will jump from one short term fix to another. If Seedorf is really the answer next year, then lets spend the money now on building a young team with potential to work with him next year.
    Cuahtemoc! -- time to ride into the sunset like the hero you have been !!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I feel like there might be some confusion about how MLS teams "spend money." It's an issue of cap space, not transfer fees, so if we sign Blanco for a 1/2 season I don't see how that stops us from "spending the money" to build a young team. We have lots of good young players, we need them to keep playing together, maybe Blanco can teach them some things.

    In a sense, the best way to get young players is to be the worst team in the league in a non-expansion year and get the good draft picks. But I doubt that's what you're proposing.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    Blanco wants to play for a year and a half. Do you think he is going to sign a 4 1/2 MONTH contract and then do it again in the off season? He is going to try and cash in AGAIN with us coming off of the World Cup. He no longer has a single thing to play for. He is, unfortunately, going to come over here and just jog around and yell at his teamates for making a bad pass and then kick a free kick 30 rows up and bring some people into the stadium that love what he did 10 years ago and steal money from the Fire.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    RadioGonzo -- Good point but I know that we have cap space. When I referred to young players I am referring to young foreign players Latin, preferably. The failure of the two Latin players brought in with DLC seems to have turned the Fire's attention solely to eastern Europe.
    The current young players on the roster don't really excite me so lets either bring up some from the Fire's internal development teams or go looking for an under-prices Latin player. Money spent on Blanco is a throw away even if its feasible under the cap --- it still comes out of the Fire pocket book.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    That's a great point. It would be fantastic if we could get another Marco Pappa. But Blanco doesnt have to sell that many additional tickets to pay for himself over the course of half a season.

    That's not counting sponsorship, merchandise, etc. Whether or not it will help us win in the short or long term is another question, but I estimate that he would be a net money maker. I think it would only take about 5k more fans per home game...although that's a ballpark figure.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    That's a lot of people to get every game. Were getting between 12 and 14k a game right? You think Blanco would make it 17-19k a game from here out.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    After getting up today on what seems like the last day of my life(this past month has been the best ever) I picked up the Tribune. Biggest sporting event in the world. Can't argue with that. SO WHY IS A STUPID PICTURE OF SOME IDIOT WHO PLAYS IN MIAMI ON THE COVER???? Nothing more can be said. please expres utmost rage with me.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Your expectations of the Tribune's soccer coverage are much too high, I'm afraid. There are two good stories on the final inside the Sports section, however.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    Maybe they still think there's a chance the idiot in Miami will change his mind and come to Chicago.

  • In reply to cesba:

    LOL!!! Maybe Chris Bosh might change his mind too and come to Chicago (sarcasm). The NBA is unwatchable, it is not funny.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Mexican paper, Reforma, was reporting last week that Blanco was interested in the Fire primarily because Veracruz wouldn't pay him enough. The article didn't mention the other Mex. clubs.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    It might be more of a question of whether or not Veracruz can pay him enough.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    With blanco and Ristic adding to the attack. Let our offense prosper!

    I say we keep Conde in the def mid, he did really well and was the enforcer. Also, keep Kinney at RB, he played too well not to start again.

    We have hope!

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/fire-include-yet-unsigned-serbian-ristic-superliga-roster

    Ristic on the roster but not officially signed yet.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    i was in the locker room with jco after a fire game in which blanco scored on a free kick..he took a 20 yard run at the ball and blasted it in net..that night was great. fans outside the players entrace chanting his name. i thought, this guy puts fans in the seats. he is a spark,,,thats what we need..a spark...

  • In reply to bert:

    Every team needs the spark...When did Adidas commercials start to suck? Nowadays, all they talk about is a magical quest for...something. All I remember is Messi racing a car and Villa giving him a staredown. Go ahead and chase the quest. I'll be outside playing in my T90 Nike Shoots.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR -- do you know of a deserving group that would like some Fire tickets? Contact me privately.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    sp,
    Drop me an email.

  • LOL!!! It is called Escandalo TV on Univision were they like to pick up spanish celebrity gossip which includes Blanco news.

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