Euro Scouting Trip Targets?

A report out of Serbia claims that the Fire is interested in two young Red Star Belgrade players.  One is 25 year old striker Aleksandar Jevtic and the other is 20 year old attacking midfielder Darko Lazovic

Here's a Lazovic highlight video (albeit a few years old) and a look at Jevtic in action.  I can't help but notice that some of the crowds in attendance at the matches in the videos are less than capacity.  Both players participated in the Sister Cities Tournament this past summer at Toyota Park although the Fire did not face Red Star Belgrade. 

Conde Lands at Atlas

After bailing on Puebla FC and being called unprofessional by their coach, Wilman Conde seems to have secured a deal at Atlas.  After unceremoniously leaving training at Puebla, Conde reportedly returned to Columbia last week before agreeing to the deal with Atlas.  Guadalajara is either much safer than Puebla or Atlas offered a better deal.  Either way, yellow cards shown in the FMF will likely spike in 2011. 

Chivas USA Coach Will Have Fire Connections?

Chivas USA seems seems to have narrowed their coaching search to three finalists.  Although the names of the finalists are yet unknown, this report seems to believe that Juan Carlos Osorio is the leading candidate.  Denis Hamlett, Eric Wynalda, and Jesse Marsch also interviewed for the position. 

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  • jevtic looks like about 1 goal in 4 games. not great, but definately better than whats been produced up top the last year. i'll take 8-10 goals from one Fire striker in 2011

    i don't understand the whole conde deal, but this just confirms to me that the fire are probly better off without him

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Yea I guess we are better off with KWS and Robinson as our only center backs right now...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Will the Fire make a move in the reentry draft tomorrow?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    I'd like to see them take a shot at Jimmy Conrad if he's available when they pick 7th.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    If the Fire re-sign Freddie Ljungberg, Seattle will receive the Fire's 1st round pick in the SuperDraft #9 over all.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/soundersfcblog/2013680673_sounders_fc_could_have_two_fir.html

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Simon Borg linked anohter article in the Serbian press regarding interest from the Fire......

    http://www.sportal.rs/news.php?id=41347

    There's apparently some interest in 32 year old midfielder Almami Moreira......

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almami_Moreira

    Here's a look at Moreira......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTJDqu98LOU

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Posada comments on the jersey sponsorship issue......

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-12-14/news/ct-spt-1215-fire-chicago--20101214_1_jersey-sponsor-sponsorship-nery-castillo

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Cory Gibbs?? I guess that's not too bad...

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Not a bad pick up at all but they still need to do better than that at CB I think.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Agreed. Gibbs a nice veteran pick up. If he stays healthy he'll be a darn good pick up. The draft and maybe some international help is still needed for that position IMO.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR, is it possible to get an update on the current Fire roster...I can't keep track of MLS roster rules. It would be nice to have someone who knows the foreign players limit, homegrown players limit, Generation Adidas players, who has a greencard, etc.

    This way, we can kind of guess what the FO is thinking about filling the roster spots. Thanks.

  • In reply to ManUFan1999:

    I'll see if I can get an updated roster including that info. I've got a pretty good handle on that - I think. Also, still trying to track down Klopas in between scouting trips.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Seems to me the Fire will have a lot of trialist in preseason.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Sam's story on Gibbs including a few words from Klopas.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/gibbs-add-veteran-leadership-chicago

  • Wasn't there a drug cartel shoot out that killed a dozen folks at a church near Guadalajara? Either way, I wish the best for Conde, he was a good player and will be missed. Play hard, keep your yellow cards to a minimum and keep your head down when the bullets fly Wilman.

  • Don't forget that Chivas also had Bob Bradley, so maybe having worked for the fire is one of their job criterion

  • Hello!! I believe the Conde deal with Atlas is still a verbal only. I did read his offer from Atlas was better than that of Puebla, which makes you doubt the "Puebla is too dangerous" claim of last week. He got a lot of flak, and rightly so, for bailing on Puebla. Not good PR for the start of his Primera Division career.

    http://www.informador.com.mx/deportes/2010/256389/6/braulio-luna-es-opcion-para-atlas.htm

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    Jeannie,

    Sam Stejskal's been trying to reach his agent for an update. Nothing would surprise me with Conde.

  • In reply to cesba:

    What ever happen to that Australian center back they were interested in?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    They're probably looking at alot of guys. We probably won't see any signings until the January window opens up.

    I've been trying to track down Klopas for his thoughts but he was out of the country on a scouting trip again last week.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    I've always wanted to cheer for a player named Darko, so let's get him. If he doesn't work out, it won't exactly come as a shocker. But ya never know. He's very young and pretty cheap if RSB got him for 300k, we just lost 2 midfielders, can't hurt.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    Ok, Guillermo, With Conde gone, you REALLY have to get the Trib to update the banner picture of the blog! Temo, McBride, & Conde?!?!

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Yes, I know. I definitely need to get it changed!

    I asked them about changing the banner months ago but since they're going to allow me to come up with a new banner design of my own I haven't been able to finish one to my satisfaction. I just need to find the time to do it.

    My biggest problem is that ChicagoNow banners are an odd size (980x200). If there are any website design friendly readers out there, I'd love to hear from you.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    My suggestion for that banner is Johnson, Nyarko and Pappa.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Throw a big scarf up there and a background image of S8, maybe "Tradition, Honor, Passion", or something like that. Those things will never change.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    I like this. there are many Serbs playing in lower European leagues. They tend to be physical and fighters, no stereotype intended. I hope there is a Serbian center back in there somewhere. let's get some signings ahead of training camp. I liked Portland's Arsenal pickup and wonder if losing Spencer as head coach a few years back isn't a greater loss than it appeared.

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