Fire Still Looking to Improve

Frank Klopas told Extra Time Radio today that the Fire's shopping may be not be over yet.  The Fire's Technical Director may be interested in adding a defender before the transfer window closes.  

Other topics discussed:

-Freddie Ljungberg will indeed play central midfield and the formation deployed may depend on who the opposition is.

-Ljungberg's acquisition and the discussions leading to the trade.

-Klopas is part owner of "The Pitch".  A new soccer/sports bar located in Lincoln Park.  2142 N. Clybourn.  The grand opening is August 12. 

Sam Stejskal also reports on possible additions, the return of Bratislav Ristic, and the Fire Academy's Victor Pineda training with the big team.

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  • I guess Fire going to get defender next? Timmy out.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    looks like it..and/or they are pretty high on kinney and comfortable with dasan backing him up.

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/08/fire-trade-ward

  • In reply to Adam25:

    The 'Quakes are gradually acquiring the Fire's 2009 defensive unit. Are they trolling Europe to see if Baky and Gonzo are available?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I heard from sources that the Chicago Fire may have reacquired Gonzalo Segares.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I asked you about Segares last week just to follow up on the guy and now the rumor is he's coming back.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    I had spoken to Guillermo about Gonzalo Segares and it is very close that the deal being official.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Oh, it's official. As of 1.30PM.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    When I heard about Segares, that was surprising. Then, when I heard about Tim Ward going to the San Jose Earthquakes, the move made sense. Now, Sean Johnson wears Gonzo's old number and I wonder if he is going to wear a new number or ask Sean Johnson for his old number.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    3 major signings by the Fire , this puts them right into the race and in position to do qhat RSL did last year when they were going nowhere all summer and got the last playoff spot and did noy lose again.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    I believe that Klopas is done with his July Christmas shopping. I wanted the Fire to take at look at Riquelme from Bocas Juniors but the acquisitions of Castillo, Ljungberg and the return of Segares should put them over the hump. Castillo is only 26 years old and he provides some scoring on the attack and a good match with Collins John. Freddie Ljungberg provides the missing presence what Blanco left and could be an impact if he plays his game. Segares brings a veteran presence and it is familiar with the team and different coaching staff. The key with the Red Bulls is to attack on the Red Bulls defense and Bouna Coundoul is a hold your breath type of goalkeeper.

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    This has been an incredible couple of weeks for the Fire.

    Who sits now? Krol?

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    McBride may not be seeing many minutes anymore. If we get a good lead, there wouldn't be much point to bringing him in late, right?

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    i think McBride would be a valuable late game sub. putting in a fresh McBride against a tired defense, he'll get some goals

    the question is, can you get the possession to move the ball forward, and the service so that he can be in a position to score?

    15-20 minutes is all you need outta McBride, i think

  • In reply to FireStingDoug:

    RSL snuck into the playoffs last year. We had the best roster on paper in the league before these signings. Now we have Castillo, Ljungberg and Segares on a great MLS roster. We have 2 games in hand with the teams in the East and with a win Sunday against NYRB we would be 4 points back with 2 games in hand against them and they are in second. Everyone was throwing in the towel 2 weeks ago and saying they can't make the playoffs.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Joe says "RSL snuck into the playoffs last year." Yes you are correct but however, they made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2008 before losing to a fluke New York Red Bulls team. Real Salt Lake have a talented team and have 34 points in the Western Conference. The Fire added depth with Nery Castillo, Freddie Ljungberg and Gonzalo Segares that made them a better team. A month ago, they were deep at defense but they were thin at forward and center midfielder.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Adding 2 DP's and Segares isn't adding depth. It's creating depth because we now have 3 new starters which moves previous starters to the bench.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    You do have a point and we both agree that seeing Mike Banner on a soccer makes our eyes hurt. He provides speed and that is it.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    You do have a point and we both agree that seeing Mike Banner on a soccer fields makes our eyes hurt. He provides speed and that is it. I am excited about the roster overhaul and how will Ljungberg and Castillo mesh.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    wow, fantastic news!

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I think Frank reads your blog Guillermo, and read our little exchange last week. Frank owes me a beer and you a pat on the back . . . cause I'm taking your beer too.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Lol....show up at "the Pitch", ask for Frank and demand your beer.

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