Fire Add Experienced Center Back, But What's Next?

The acquistion of Cory Gibbs in the MLS Re-Entry Draft provides the Fire with a sorely needed experienced central defender but no one in the Fire organization should feel comfortable with a central pairing featuring any combination of Gibbs, Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Dasan Robinson.  Gibbs is a competent, if not solid MLS defender who was available at a reasonable price but he has had some injury issues at both Colorado and New England over the last several seasons.  After being named the Rapids' defender of the year in 2008 he missed time in 2009 due to groin and thigh injuries before being traded to New England in the deal that landed Jeff Larentowicz in Colorado.  Gibbs also saw time with the US National Team before injuries essentially took him out of the picture there too.

Watson-Siriboe has shown some promise but he still has a ways to go before he can be pencilled in as a reliable every match starter.  Relying on a pairing of Gibbs and the often injured Dasan Robinson is an emergency waiting to happen so acquiring another experienced center back seems to still be a priority. 

After selecting players in the Re-Entry Draft teams are allowed up to seven days to negotiate deals with their selections but the Fire wasted no time in inking Gibbs to a deal.  With the MLS SuperDraft only four weeks away there is still plenty of work to be done if the 2011 version of the Fire is to be competitive for anything more than hoping to secure one of the additional playoff spots established for next season. 

The next few weeks should be full of speculation but I'm expecting to see nothing official until the transfer window opens in January. 

MLS Transactions

The Los Angeles Galaxy are loading up on veteran talent after acquiring the rights to Frankie Hejduk and Juan Pablo Angel today.  It will be interesting to see how the Galaxy manipulate the cap this season particularly if the rumors surrounding Ronaldinho become reality. 

Here's a list of MLS comings and goings for each team so far.   

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  • There's been some talk regarding Groupon as a sponsor. Here's a look at the company's head honchos.....

    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20101215/NEWS08/101219924/groupon-gang-learn-more-about-the-4-behind-the-firm#axzz18D4FWOnN

  • In reply to cesba:

    I can see it now "groupon offers $10 season tickets 90% savings" you got 3 hours quick!!!

  • In reply to cesba:

    I am just as, if not more worried about our forward situation.. We have Carr and Castillo as forwards..

  • In reply to lijien:

    Agree on KWS and the pairing with the experienced Gibbs could compensate for Rookie rawness. Scoring goals is a major issue and very difficult to solve. FIre need at least 2 decent strikers and they don't grow on trees.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Peter Nowak's thoughts on the Galaxy....

    "I'm wondering, you've got three big guns in L.A. right now, how are you going to accommodate three players [currently collecting] over $1 million salary each? Are the rest of the players going to be on peanuts? I don't think this is the way to do the [roster] structuring. It's not my business, but I'm looking at my books and looking at everybody's books and I'm scratching my head as to how it's going to happen . . . It's not just about quality, but you also have to be realistic with your expectations."

  • In reply to cesba:

    guess that means no ronaldinho next year

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Somehow, that appears to be still in play.

  • In reply to cesba:

    or maybe they think donovan is gonna bolt for greener pastures

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    But Arena claims Donovan will in LA all season in 2011. We'll see if he can manage to convince Angel to play for less than DP money.

  • In reply to cesba:

    buddle is on tryout with Birmingham in EPL

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Yes but that doesn't explain room for 4 DP's. It would only clear cap space and a roster spot. Angel would still need to agree to play for less than DP money if they bring in Ronaldinho.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    De Los Cobos interview (spanish).....

    http://ht.ly/3qvXH

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Conde arrives at Atlas.....

    http://www.futbolred.com/index.php/colombianos-exterior/noticias/diciembre2010/wilman-conde-cambia-al-puebla-por-el-atlas-mexicano/8613560

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    G.R. For those of us who don't speak Spanish can you summerize
    what De Los Cobos had to say in the interview???
    What is the latest on Nerve Castillio?

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Here's a recap:

    He says they're working to structure the coming year and they need to improve alot of things from last year.

    His first year as a coach was about learning and adapting to the league and the players.

    They're currently looking at players and positions to improve on. There's nothing concrete yet but they know which areas need to improve.

    He confirmed some interest in the Red Star Belgrade and Partizan players but nothing has been completed.

    The host asked about Kikin Fonseca and De Los Cobos didn't sound too interested but said they are looking at players in Mexico as well.

    Nery didn't get to the Fire in good shape but he's confident Castillo will have a bounce back year for the Fire.

    Castillo was a bit surprised by the level of play in MLS and knows he has work to do.

    He was impressed with Ljungberg but knows he has other options.

    "We're going to have a very competitive and different team".

    MLS players that impressed him in 2010: Ferreira, Chavez, Shea, Donovan, Buddle, Mastroeni

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    G. R. Tank you, for the recap on the De Los Cobos interview in Spanish and also an update on Nerve Castillo. "I am so glad we have someone of your knowledge and experience on this site." You are spending a lot of time and effort in keeping us Chicago
    Fire Fans entertained and informed. Thank you, again for all your hard work. Hopefully we will have a team in 2011 that we can all be proud off and watch with enjoyment of this Beautiful Game.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Thanks Tiger

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    According to this article, Guillermo Barros Schelotto has drawn some interest from at least 1 MLS club.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/espanol/news/article/barros-schelotto-est%C3%A1-en-conversaciones-con-un-club-de-la-mls

    Think GBS would fit on the Fire?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Like a glove.

    Based on his previous deals with the Crew, he appears to be flexible regarding salary and the Fire should have a ton of cap space. Frank Klopas, make it happen!

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think this would be a good fit. It seems he'd take the Blanco role. Not a lot of running but some pinpoint passing to make the young bucks look better.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I say no thank you to Schelotto. He is old and on the downside of his career. I would rather have the Fire to take a chance on the 2 Serbian midfielders they're in their 20's. Corey Gibbs is nothing to get excited about but they need a young center back to team up with Kwame Watson-Siriboe. KWS reminds me of a young Soumare and he will get better with experience. In they draft, their needs are a couple of forwards, center back and competition at attacking mid.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    GBS is getting older, but his 9 goals and 10 assists would have made him the Fire's leading scorer last year. And getting 10 assists when your strikers as Jason Garey and Steven Lenhart is quite a trick.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Diego Gutierrez joins the Philadelphia Union.......

    http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2010/12/gutierrez-joins-union-technical-staff

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Here is the mlssoccer.com english recap of the DLC interview.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/de-los-cobos-confirms-fire-eyeing-serbian-players

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/de-los-cobos-castillo-will-be-better-2011

  • In reply to cesba:

    depends on if ljungberg is staying or not, IMO

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Galaxy are going for it in 2011. I believe that Beckham's contract is up after next year and the Galaxy wants to win a championship for him. The Galaxy are like the MLS version of the Yankees.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Geez, what is this, baseball?

  • In reply to cesba:

    FIFA cluelessness? Grahame Jones hits it right on the nose.....

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-jones-soccer-20101219,0,7991831.column

  • In reply to cesba:

    Idiots. It's frightening.

  • In reply to cesba:

    JCO and Once Caldas win the Colombian championship.....

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/20122010/2/photo/20122010014253.html

    Next stop Chivas USA?

  • In reply to cesba:

    MLS will announce the home openers for every club today.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Osorio apparently also has an offer on the table to coach the Honduran National team.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i liked this article

    http://soccer.fanhouse.com/2010/12/17/empty-blatter-sepps-logic-still-lacking-on-qatar-gays?icid=sphere_tribune_latimes_sports_inline

    particularly this line:
    I witnessed an Irish fan drink 40 beers one night during the 1994 World Cup. Not every soccer fan downs a keg at every sitting, but they have been known to enjoy an occasional toddy or two.

    Alcohol is normally allowed only in Qatari hotel restaurants and bars, and only foreigners are allowed to imbibe. Officials say they will allow alcohol in restricted fan zones. God, I hope Ireland makes the '22 World Cup, just to see that clash of cultures.

  • In reply to cesba:

    MLS negotiating with FSC to renew TV rights deal.....

    http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/67602

    Maybe spending money will actually inspire one of the TV networks to cover the league sufficiently to actually draw an audience.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Those viewership numbers are awful. Why wouls FSC give 20 mil a year when only 50000 people are watching the games. it would be interesting to see how many people watch the EPL matches.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    20 mill per is way too much considering the viewership but FSC and especially ESPN need to promote the programming better than they currently do.

    FSC's round-up shows are very Euro-centric which is understandable given that their biggest numbers come from EPL matches but outside of the 3 hour Saturday window there isn't much MLS talk outside of commercials promoting the game of the week.

    ESPN seems to promote their game of the week DURING the game of the week and a mention otherwise is pretty scarce.

    Is it possible for either outlet to create a quality weekly recap and highlight show that is done correctly?

  • In reply to fire1020:

    I believe the average number for EPL on FSC is 90,000

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thanks.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Aim high and hope to meet in the middle at worst. Also, rumors are they have VRS interested as well.. Which would give VRS a foot into soccer, and i think they would have better production. they do a decent job with Hockey, another niche sport these days.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Versus seemed to have had some initial conversations with the league about improved coverage if they were to carry games on their channel but no conversations have taken place since September according to the SBJ report.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Nyarko should be one of the forwards.. Pappa and Ristic on the wings...

  • They were just offering 150$ season tickets like 2 weeks ago. Maybe that's it.

  • I would rather see KWS and Gibbs than Robinson. KWS has a lot of similarities to Bakary Soumare. Soumare was terrible his rookie season and the next season was a great player for us. I think, if given considerable playing time, KWS could be a great player for us.

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