Frank Klopas continued an impressive three week period of wheeling and dealing today with the announcement that the Fire has re-acquired defender Gonzalo Segares. The move immediately improves the Fire defensively with a player who had been one of the best defenders in MLS over the last several seasons. Segares signed a six month contract with Appollon this past January but left the door open for a return to Chicago. Astute Fire Confidential readers noticed that Segares was no longer on Appollon's official team roster weeks ago while the Fire kept in contact with Segares.
Segares will be available for selection pending the completion of International Transfer Certificate (ITC) paperwork.
To make room for Segares on the roster the Fire traded defender Tim Ward to the San Jose Earthquakes for a conditional 2011 draft pick. Ward played well for the club during his time in Chicago despite struggling with injuries over the last two seasons.
I'm assuming that Segares will reclaim his familiar spot at left back once paperwork and fitness are in order. That automatically creates some depth on the backline along with raising the question of what position Krzysztof Krol takes if Segares starts at left back. Krol has seen limited time at center back but may be too reliant on his left foot to switch to right back.
Segares not only helps the Fire defensively but he is also excellent in support from the left back position. With the major additions to forward, midfield, and defense the Fire now seem poised to make a serious run in the second half.