Fire Interested in Maltese Striker?

This report out of the UK claims that the Fire are interested in former Coventry City forward and Maltese national team captain Michael Mifsud.  A closer look at Mifsud's profile shows that he's had some success at second tier European soccer but he's only 5'-5". 

He's bounced around the last three years amid some apparent off field issues.  Another gamble is the last thing the organization needs at this point.  Let's hope this report is a result of the Klopas/De Los Cobos European scouting trip exploring every option and more reliable players have been targeted as well. 

Here's a look at some Mifsud highlights

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  • I don't care if the guy is 6"2, 3"5 or in a wheelchair. As long as he can put the ball in the back of the net! We just need a goal scorer.

  • In reply to jking:

    True but size matters in a league as physical as MLS.

  • In reply to cesba:

    there is an expression in football that a good big one is better than a good wee one, but the Championship -Coventry City- is very physical, and David Ferrera MVP is a dwarf, so Mifsud, if fit, should have no trouble in terms of physicality. Now, Is he good enough? Worth a look.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Point well made....he does appear to be worth a look.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Why not? At this point our forwards can't get much worse. I do agree that bigger strikers have more success in MLS though.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Also I think having played and trained for 3 years in the Championship in England would give him an edge. (I regard the Championship the toughest in terms of body strength and built of the players and with all the strong defenders there, it would have served him well for what to expect in the MLS)

  • In reply to Celt:

    Guillermo Barros Schelotto is 5-8 and he got signed with the Crew at age 34 and won MLS MVP. GBS and Ferriera are the hit or miss guys. I hope this Mifsud sigend as a trial contract. With the Frankowski and John signee were a major flop, Mifsud can't be any worse than Calen Carr and Mike Banner.

  • In reply to Celt:

    More Nery Castillo rumor talk...this time from Greece......

    http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=1181777&s=futbol/mls&type=story&campaign=rss&source=ESPNdeportesPortada

  • In reply to Celt:

    Pavel Pardo looks to be available......

    http://www.oem.com.mx/esto/notas/n1870357.htm

  • In reply to cesba:

    How old is Pardo now? Think there's any way we can trade Nery to Tigres for Bornstein? That would be a thing right there!

    Also, is there any figures on how many Black Friday tickets specials the Fire sold? Seems like this was done to boost slumping sales. It's also part of a Groupon today. I'm nervous that we're looking at an under 10k average attendance next year. On the plus side, I've been able to convince the fiancee that 2 season tickets at $150 is way better for the budget than 1 at $400. Now all we need is that Chicago Flag jersey...

  • In reply to cesba:

    Pardo will be 35 in July and no chance on the second question.

    The $150 season ticket sale is a fantastic deal and it is availavle on Groupon today. Season ticket numbers haven't exactly been huge over the last several years but the attendance numbers have been pretty decent regardless. I would expect that to continue next season.....IMO there's no way the average drops under 10K.

    That flag jersey needs to come back too.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Doesn't he play the same position as Logan Pause plays?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    yes

  • In reply to cesba:

    Alumni Update..........

    http://ht.ly/3gZ1D

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR,

    When are the reentry drafts and who's available in them? I can find dates but I thought I seen them somewhere...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    The re-entry draft first stage is December 8 but full lists aren't available yet since teams have from November 30 to December 3 to negotiate new deals with the players they will make eligible for the re-entry draft.

    Stage 2 of the re-entry draft is December 15.

    Here are the rules.....
    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/40334/blueprint-for-new-age-of-mls.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thanks!

  • In reply to jking:

    Could be another John or Castllo, seemingly has similar issues, but may be worth a trial look.
    Has a better record than Castillo, everybody looks at his (Castillo) success with the national team, but looking at his career in total, he has minimal success overall. Would rather have Mifsud at John's price than Castillo at Castillo's price. Probably not the answer for the Fire, but worth a shot. From looking at the videos Mifsud seemingly is more creative and on target than either John and Castillo and apparently doesn't have injury issues. His strength playing in a physical league may be questioned.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    A trial would probably be the appropriate move.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    This is a great striker who is just what chicago need. Better known as 'the musquito' he has pace to kill and his scoring instincts are second to none. His international goal scoring record speaks for itself.I have seen him play and chicago are lucky to get him in.A true gem.Looking forward to seeing him in chicago colours. Homework well made on this player.

  • In reply to alessandro:

    you may be right, and i don't want to cause any offense, but this is exactly the same kinda thing we heard from several ppl about nery castillo as well...

    i just hope the fire make sure that this guy will fit in the CLDC system if thats the direction they are going - look before you leap this time

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    i will admit tho, his youtube highlight goals were impressive :)

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I think the Fire are on the right track. I have watched this player once with Coventry (vs United when he scored 2 in a cup i think)and i do know something about him.. he will score goals for fun with the Fire. He has great pace which is poison for defenders, great finishing and has scored for fun with his national team. Can't wait to see him in action!

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    For the record (wikipedia)
    Goals at the Senior level:

    Castillo: games 156 /goals 37 1 goal every 4.2 games

    John: games 186/ goals 38 1 goal every 4.9 games

    Mifsud: games 345/ goals 137 1 goal every 2.5 games From the wikipedia figures, apparently doesn't include the last 8 games at Valletta where he scored 13 goals.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Charlie Corr's story on Ljungberg and Conde exploring options outside of MLS......

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagofire/post/_/id/832/ljungberg-conde-test-market-outside-mls

  • In reply to cesba:

    Kind of wish that Klopas and De Los Cobos would explore their own options outside of MLS or at least the Chicago Fire, don't have any faith in their ability to judge talent.
    It was clear that Conde wasn't playing with any heart out on the field.
    Although Ljungberg appeared off of his game at times and was heavily criticized by many fans if you protract his figures with the Fire over a thirty game season, you'll end up with 4 goals and 14 assists, which would make him an all star midfielder in almost any league.
    I assumed that the Fire obtained him to be a passing midfielder, not as a goal scorer.
    His loss will hurt. in addition we're thin at the midfield position, especially with the loss of Lowry. Where are the Fire going to find a player with Lowry's ability at the price they were paying him. Not only does the undynamic duo have to replace top flight talent, but find adequate subs. If our top sub is Mike Banner we're in deep doodoo. Cannot phantom why
    Lowry wasn't protected.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Both Conde and Ljungberg are exploring their options outside of MLS but the door isn't closed yet on their returns. I'm doubtful that Ljungberg will find a deal worth $3 million per year and I'm also skeptical that Conde has interest from River Plate.

    However, there isn't much choice but to proceed like they're not coming back.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Couldn't agree more on Lowry. A mid level first round pick will cost more$, be close to Lowry's age, and not have Lowry's proven track record of being able to play in MLS. The fact that Busch was given away rather that traded, was protected by SJ, and is now their 1st choice keeper says much about the Judgement of the Fire front office. The fact that Johnson looks good changes nothing. They also gave away Will Johnson for a low pick, and he is better than our midfielders, except Nyarko. We also seem slow to act in rebuilding, and need to be rebuilt before training camp, not a work in progress situation.

  • In reply to Celt:

    The FO also brought in Blanco, Conde, drafted Nyarko, signed Pappa to a long term deal, brought in Ljungerg, drafted Johnson in the first place, brought back Segares, brought in McBride and have done nothing but try to win. But none of that matters I guess...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I completely agree with you, the FO has brought in a lot of quality players and invested a lot of money in the team. It's the players who have failed to perform. Nothing the FO can do about that.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    DC United is holding a press conference tomorrow to announce that their new head coach is Ben Olsen.

    After previously taking his name out of the running for the permanent post, DC decides to give him the job.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Pudding, meet proof.

  • In reply to Celt:

    nyarko was projected as a first pick but fell far enough for the Fire, 7th if memory serves, so that was a no brainer, ditto Johnson who fell to the 4th round and was GA to boot, so free of all risk. Conde and Blanco I believe came earlier than the present FO and Conde came with Osorio. Pappa was a good find. MacBride would only sign with us. Llungberg I believe was Hauptman, and full credit for the ambition and desire to spend the cash. Segares move I like. That said, who should be responsible for this very poor team if not the FO? And what did those signings achieve?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    GR - generally agree the Fire needs to be cautious about acquiring Mifsud, given the status of Castillo and John. However, I was truly disappointed in your reference to his height. Based on your comment we obviously should take a pass on Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, etc. You along with most of US Soccer should have been listening to the two Brit announcers for the recent Barca -- Athinaikos game. They spent 5 minutes bashing the English penchant for looking for players of size. Their comments should be required listening for all US coaches.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I would protect Calen Carr over Messi. ;)

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    but seriously....there's nothing wrong with a player that's 5-5 if he can play. The main reason I expressed concern with a small striker is because Castillo will be one of the forwards (whether we like it or not) and he's only 5'-7". The team will lack a target striker who can compete in the penalty area with the bigger defenders in MLS if they're playing with Castillo and potentially Mifsud up top.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR -- I can live with that response! Even the greatest team in the world, Barca, would be helped by a target striker. Unfortunately none of the big guys could meet Barca's skill requirements!!! Real Madrid may force me to eat my words next week.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    just keep yer hands off peter crouch! (i'm a big tottenham fan as well as the Fire, and spurs have good chance of making waves this year, while fire... not so much)

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Guess Real Madrid will have to eat their own words. Barca 5 Real Madrid 0
    The problem with watching Barca play is the disappointment one feels when
    watching most of the MLS games.
    Ironically, the only other team uniform outside of Barca featured in the Barca
    museum is the Chicago Fire displayed on a statue of Stoichkov.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    It's not just MLS, Barca makes everybody else in the world seem amateur most of the time.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Barca 5 Real Madrud 0
    http://www.savethis.clickability.com/st/saveThisApp?clickMap=link&webPadID=K793336037

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Losing Lowry isnt that big of a deal. Sure he is a good role player and played pretty well when on the field but if he is starting and a regular on our team, we would have even more problems than we already do. There is a reason why he was making so little for us. That is what he is worth. I would rather have Nery and his potential ability. Now if we lose Conde and Freddie we could possibly be the worse team in MLS next year.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Yes Mifsud seems to have a great scoring record. I am sure he will do the same with Chicago. Also 'The Mosquito' as he is known will be motivated to do well in the MLS. Being a national team captain also gives him extra responsibility in not getting carried away and I think is the first Maltese player to play. Lets see what happens. We await in anticipation.

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