Segares is Back / Ward Traded



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. 



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  • YES> Now let's keep an eye on Rolfe and if he returns within 2 years do not, like Will Johnson,give up the rights for a mess of pottage/

  • Welcome back SEGA! Missed you this year so far!
    Nice move on the free transfer of a quality defender/midfielder. Sega has great presence coming up the left wing!

  • Segares deal runs through 2011 season with options to extend.

  • In reply to cesba:

    With the acquisition of Segares, who will be grabbing some bench?

  • In reply to cesba:

    LA Galaxy traded away Gordon

    who they making room for? is the ronaldinho rumors still alive?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    That's an interesting question considering that AC Milan now claims that Ronaldinho is not avaialble for transfer.

  • In reply to cesba:

    there are rumors of Adu going to the Galaxy. Crazy, but that's what rumors are all about!

  • In reply to cesba:

    I liked Ward, but it's GREAT to have Gonzoooooooooo back! Do you know if it will be possible to have him back by next weekend?

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Depends on how quickly his ITC paperwork is processed and how fit he is. We'll have to wait and see how he looks in training.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    So...Ward and Ljunberg have equal value in the trading market?

  • In reply to cweimers:

    No, the Fire gave Seattle 2 conditional draft picks. 2011 and 2012

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    It was one pick in either 2011 or 2012.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Freddie's contract was also an issue. Chicago took Freddie, and also a large contract with it. 1.3 million. So it's not like Seattle only got two picks, they also dumped salary.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    GREAT MOVE!!! YEAH!!! KLOPAS - I believe in you!!!!

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Yes yes yes! Segares is a great move, and although I would rather have kept ward, we needed Segares badly.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    With Sam's article saying that Segares could play center back, could we see a back four of Krol-Segares-Brown-Robinson with Conde in front of them?

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    I'd rather see Conde and Segares than Brown and Segares. We need some players to be playing defense during the game. We don't need them to go forward anymore. We now have an even better attack so we need our defenders to defend.





    Husidic, Watson-Siriboe, Bone, Dykstra, Kinney, Lowry

    That right there is the best roster in MLS. No question. Playoffs should be a lock and if not, DLC needs to go after this season.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I wonder if DLC will keep his full backs at home more often now that Sega is back. I think that is our main problem with our defense at the moment. They are getting caught up too much and it leaves us exposed in the back. Robinson should be our starting RB now and Sega on the left and we should be back to normal. With Pappa, Castillo, Ljungberg, Nyarko, John and Baggio getting forward we dont need our defenders to be bombing up the wings. We need them to actually be defenders now.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Great news! It will be great to see him man the back line again and he is on board until at least 2011. Hopefully. He will be match fit soon.

  • More info from Sam

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