Wilman Conde Signs with Puebla

Wilman Conde will be officially an ex-Fire defender when he signs with Mexican first division side Puebla FC today.  Terms of the deal are still unknown but the Fire did make an attractive offer earlier this season. 

Conde's departure along with the retirement of CJ Brown leaves the Fire with only two central defenders on the current roster, Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Dasan Robinson although the latter has played mostly right back. 

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  • Southtown Star has some thoughts on why Chicago won't be part of the World Cup extravaganza if USA is awarded the Cup in 2022.....

    http://www.southtownstar.com/sports/cronin/2931222,113010sptcronin.article

  • Sad news, but Conde's head wasn't in the game this past season anyways as he cost us goals on foolish mistakes on his part!
    I was a big fan of Conde and the MLS as a whole has lost a good defender!
    Fire is not much farther along then Portland or Vancouver at this point and both of those teams have much in the way of allocations and avenue for new clubs coming into the MLS!
    I hope Ljungberg comes back and Castillo goes or I will be very upset!

  • In reply to smiley:

    Nery will be back in 2011. He may play somewhere else in the spring as part of short loan deal similar to Landon Donovan at Everton last season....but he will be back.

    Ljungberg's return is dependant on what kind of deal he can find for himself. If he can't find the $3 million per year deal he's looking for it's possible he could return to the Fire.

  • In reply to smiley:

    It's too bad DeMerit had to go to an expansion team. With some of our cash now, he would have been a real nice addition to the D. With wilman and CJ gone we have a ton or work to do to fill the Bad-Ass Void.

  • In reply to smiley:

    IMO conde was a big reason the fire were a mid-table team this year. he couldnt be trusted to do his job properly and as a result, it seemed to make CLDC reluctant to allow his midfielders to get forward as the year went on

    remember at the beginning of the year when all the complaints about the fire was they just weren't finishing their chances? late in the year, they couldn't even get chances. i think its because the defense was a sieve and condes lack of concentration in so many games made the fire gun-shy

    good talent, but poor decision maker for a defender. more cap room for the fire to hunt some more decent players. my only major concern is another year of a lot of player turnover, so very little continuity again :(

  • In reply to smiley:

    Like Veruca Salt before him, he was a bad egg.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Hey GR, now you really need to change the look of your blog. All three players on your blog banner are gone.

    May I suggest a new trio or Banner, Pause and Carr? These guys aren't going anywhere soon. Hell, you may not need to change your blog again for maybe another 10 years . . .

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Yeah, I definitely need to get that changed asap. It's on my list on things to do.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I say you change it to a picture of Frank Kloppas ala "The Special One". Both have been kicked in the jewels the last couple of days!

  • In reply to cesba:

    More Mifsud rumors.......

    http://www.maltesefootballstarlets.com/michael-mifsud-interested-south-korea-move

  • In reply to cesba:

    If Mifsud comes to the Fire, would the Fire consider a midfielder like Jerome Rothen? He is a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain and they haven't had a playmaker since Blanco left.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Mifsud and Rothen wouldn't be a bad combo especially they need a true central midfield to pass the ball to a striker like Mifsud.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I think he's more of a winger, and that's hardly a name that will inspire any hope.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    My love for Wilman wasn't always logical... but it always was. Terrible day!

  • In reply to longoria3:

    What is that saying about rodents and a sinking ship?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Terrible news :(

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Corben Bone, Baggio Husidic, and Sean Johnson are in Spain with a Generation Adidas squad......

    http://ht.ly/3hz9X

  • In reply to cesba:

    Even though Sean Johnson and Husidic got plenty of action with the Fire, guys like Corben Bone need more plenty time to prove themselves that they can play in the league. He will use this as an advantage coming into next year for competition.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    "Banner, Pause and Carr" trio is a scary UGH!!!!

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Here's the official word on Puebla's site.....

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:HT1kSYFJCyMJ:www.pueblafutbolclub.com.mx/+puebla+fc&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Seems the Conde deal with Puebla may not be finalized. Stay tuned....

  • In reply to fireman451:

    A few interesting stories from Simon Borg's Kick Off this morning.....

    Defender William Gallas could be available and is an MLS target....

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-Tottenham-pair-William-Gallas-and-Robbie-Keane-could-quit-in-the-summer-for-a-payday-to-America-s-MLS-article641053.html

    Another defender, Paraguayan National team captain Denis Caniza claims to have MLS offers.....

    http://www.paraguay.com/deportes/veron-y-caniza-organizarian-un-partido-a-beneficio-de-cabanas-56361

    Even more interestingly, Toluca's Sinha (a central midfielder who can play) claims to also have a deal with MLS.......

    http://www.elsiglodetorreon.com.mx/noticia/579579.html

    Sinha, would look good in Fire red.

  • In reply to cesba:

    eh, the gallas thing has got to be crazy talk - he is having a pretty good season with spurs, and spurs have had a TON of injuries at center back (dawson, king, woodgate, and now kaboul), they can't afford to lose gallas this year. and why would gallas want to leave, he is starting, playing in Champions league matches, and spurs are an outside shot to win the EPL this year.

    now keane, on the other hand, i could definately see leaving spurs in january, and playing on a MLS team. he is 4th striker (behind crouch, defoe and pavelchenko) on a team that often plays a 4-5-1, he is not seeing the field much more if at all this year

  • In reply to cesba:

    WC 2018 is Russia

  • In reply to cesba:

    2022 Qatar :(

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Just announced;
    FIFA has become the world's most expensive whore house.
    Russia makes some sense, but Qatar, with a population slightly
    over 1.6 million, no real infrastructure for soccer.
    No problem with the world cup in the middle east, but Qatar makes no sense,
    can't see how this helps to expand soccer overall.
    Blatter went on his knees for this one.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    will probly be the least attended world cup ever

    i can't see many Americans, or many cultural westerners for that matter, travelling there, with the risk of being blown up or taken hostage by terrorists. are women even allowed to attend soccer matches in Qatar? no alcohol. hot weather. tiny country with not much infrastructure.

    disaster...

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    The U.S. may end up with a World Cup after all, 2014.
    Currently Brazil is woefully behind in developing the infrastructure needed for the World Cup,
    including transportation, air ports,and venues. Most of these projects haven't even started.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    looks like Saborio and Montero are being signed to dp contracts. this signifies a change in MLS, a couple years ago they would have already been signed by another club. The new DP rule seems to be being put to good use.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Keeping both of those guys in the league is a good thing.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Jeff Crandall's latest All-In podcast with Scott Sandalow and Graeme Lloyd.........

    http://ht.ly/3ioMz

  • UK report on FIFA corruption........

    http://www.youtube.com/MegaSpliffster

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