The Fire's New #10

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The Fire officially introduced Nery Castillo today and unveiled the new #10 jersey that Castillo will wear.  Castillo will presumably play in his preferred withdrawn forward role behind either Brian McBride or Collins John.  Both players should benefit greatly from playing with an individual that can create opportunities for himself as well as teammates.  While Castillo is not a protypical "10" player as defined in the mythical soccer 101 handbook he should provide something that the Fire has been sorely lacking throughout the first part of the season, a truly creative attacker who can also finish. 

Patrick Nyarko has been able to create opportunities with his speed but his finishing ability has been lacking.  Marco Pappa has been able to create opportunites to generate "goal of the week" type scores for himself but he hasn't shown that he can create chances consistently for teammates.

If Castillo's mindset is as positive as advertised, his acquisition could be a huge coup for the Fire.  Of course his recent history suggests that he is somewhat of a risk given that his playing time and production have fallen greatly since the 2007 Gold Cup performance that earned him the chance at European football stardom. 

Castillo is a risk but definitely one worth taking, particularly if Frank Klopas can add a second designated player to fill the attacking central midfield role.  Justin Mapp's roster spot is vacant and Carlos De Los Cobos has insinuated that the team already has someone in mind to fill the slot although he would not elaborate on who the player might be. 

Seattle's signing of a third designated player (Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Fernandez) means that Seattle will pay the $250,000.00 fee that will be divided among the remaining MLS teams without three designated players.  New York's impending acquisition of Rafael Marquez will add another $17,800.00 (approximate) in allocation money for each team not dipping into the multiple DP pool.  This means that the Fire suddenly has another $34,500.00 in allocation dollars that can be used to massage the salary cap. 

Castillo's press conference is up at the Chicago-Fire.com.

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  • Will Nery Castillo start at attacking midfielder or striker? If striker, who will be grabbing some bench (John/McBride)? With 2nd or possibly 3rd DP, will Dimitrov and Carr show the door if big name players come to the Fire?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Castillo is not a lone striker and if DLC puts him there he should be fired before half time. He should be in Mapp's spot creating in the attacking mid role.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Best situation right now is to start Castillo and John up top. Our DP should be an attacking midfielder that plays behind them. You use McBride as a 60th-70th minute sub. he has been a super sub for us this season and has had numerous goals coming in late. Now that we have a good attacker in castillo, with nyarko and pappa good to go. John should be a force to be reckoned with in games to come.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    any ideas on who could be the other possible dps that the fire r looking at.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Not sure about the fire, but I hear the White Sox are about to trade AJ Pierzynski to the Galaxy for Landon Donovan

  • In reply to fire1020:

    They're being pretty tight lipped on the candidates. I think they've had alot of conversations with different guys but I'm not sure they're close with anyone yet.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Nick Firchau has some interesting thoughts about the demographics of MLS fandom....the Fire in particular.

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/commentary-changing-chicagos-identity

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Who's 2nd DP? Freddie?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    twitter says its Freddie!

  • In reply to Adam25:

    MLS says Freddie

  • In reply to Adam25:

    excited to see a better fire team w/castillo and freddie in the fold!

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