Castillo to Greece After All?

Reports surfaced last week that Nery Castillo was attempting to engineer a loan deal back to Greek club Aris FC.  A post on Castillo's Facebook page mentioned a possible move but Aris' manager Hector Cuper quickly shot down the suggestion a few days later saying

"The road has not opened. Castillo is neither close nor far from Aris. At this moment there are offers we are studying and players who we find to be more of a priority. Our goal is to study every situation in light of what is best for the team. I am worried by players who don't play for their teams."

In a move that has apparently paved the way for Castillo's return to Greece, Cuper resigned from Aris FC yesterday effective immediately.  According to this story in USAToday, Aris has announced that Castillo has been acquired on a six month loan from Shakhtar  Donetsk who currently owns Castillo's contract. 

The Fire acquired Castillo last summer in a loan deal that expired at the end of the 2011 season.  It's still unclear how the move to Aris affects the Fire's loan deal with Shakhtar.  Will the remaining six months of the loan be honored?  Was the Fire even involved or aware of Castillo's attempted negotiations with Aris before the report became public last week?  Did the organization draft five college forwards in anticipation of losing Castillo? 

Whatever the case, it appears to me that Castillo's time with the Fire is done.  Agreeing to a six month loan only to have Castillo return to the team in July would make little sense knowing that a good start is imperative this season. With many new faces on the roster, the Fire will need the complete team together as much as possible from training camp onward. 

 

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  • my god, it's just getting more and more depressing. This is supposed to be a time for hope and great expectations for the upcoming season! Instead, it's mostly been negative, and it worries me greatly. I'm not saying Castillo was great or anything, but at least he was a somewhat proven striker, or at least one I could hold out hope for!

  • Mediotiempo reports on Castillo's exit.....

    http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/internacional/noticias/2011/01/19/nery-castillo-al-aris-fc-de-grecia

    De Los Cobos says Castillo never adjusted to MLS.....

    http://www.cronica.com.mx/nota.php?id_nota=555153

  • In reply to cesba:

    This is news I can drink to; time of day means nothing to me. Hell, it's well into the afternoon in Greece. Beer time.

  • In reply to cesba:

    on the upside- the Fire should have plenty of salary cap space available now

    if fine with them bringing in a bunch of cheap young guys like they have so far, i figger odds are one of em has to turn out well, but now its time to spend a bit and get one really decent veteran striker that will produce some goals

    either that, or someone teach nyarko how to finish

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    We have almost a million dollars in cap space as it is. We Every player we lost this off season was earning more than 100k except CJ. Money should be no problem for us. Its the fact that we are losing our starters that is going to make us a pretty terrible team this coming season...

  • In reply to cesba:

    Tribune article on the Fire open try outs......

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-x-s-fire-tryouts-0119-20110119,0,6660467.story

  • In reply to cesba:

    De Los Cobos hasn't adjusted to MLS either.

  • In reply to cesba:

    What's DLC going to do now? He was planning on Castillo being a "big part" of our 2011 team.
    I'm am super happy we were able to dump this player. Completely useless. Although, the rest of our roster isn't looking too good right now. We need some big time acquisitions and I don't mean USL players and supplemental draft selections.

  • In reply to jtrevolt:

    You mean like all the players that are in the middle of their seasons now and wouldn't be able to join us until July 1st. Every player that we would sign has to be out of a contract now or in the summer and if thats the case than we wont be getting them until then. We are going to have a very young, pretty terrible team this year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    How does this impact our designated player status? Is he still technically a Fire DP? Can we only pick up 1 "for free" or 2 before we'd have to pay for the 3rd slot? Do you think the Fire is going to sign a DP or two before the season starts? Is Nyarko going to be starting up top, with Pappa and Ristic outside (at least as our roster stands currently)? How do you see our starting 11 playing out with our current roster? So many questions! :)

  • In reply to Drew:

    That's a whole load o' questions right there.

    If the loan indeed has been cancelled it will mean the Fire have all of their DP slots available. I'm trying to get some confirmation on the technicalities but no official word yet.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I had hoped that Castillo could be a factor but admittedly there was never much evidence on which to base this hope so it seems like it's all for the best---however---I, like most others, am getting extremely nervous about the last of any substantial signings. If Frank and DLC have something special coming up then the waiting will be worth it but if they have nothing they had better defuse people's hopes sooner rather than later. Dragging this out and then having nothing to show will be a massive let down for the Fire family. Best to get the pain over with now!!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I agree, if they think they aren't going to be competitive even with a solid DP or two, then I'm ok with a rebuilding year. But call it what it is and be honest with the fan base. There's not much worse than not delivering on expectations. And as a Fire fan, I expect to be in the playoffs and playing for the title unless told otherwise.

    That said, there's still time. I think it's unfair to begin to judge the offseason until opening night. And even then it should be given time to see what sort of results come of it.

  • In reply to Drew:

    @Drew
    This has been a terrible off season. We would need to get a Ruud van Nistelrooy and another great player to break even this off season. We lost McBride, John, Krol, Conde, Brown, Thorrington, Lowry, Ljungberg, Castillo all in one off season. That's 4, maybe 5, everyday starters. I'm not looking forward to this off season...

  • In reply to Drew:

    Have the Frank and DLC combo had any signings so far that have worked out?

  • In reply to lijien:

    Ristic

  • In reply to Drew:

    I want to see a full season to make that determination.. he only played in a small sample of games.

  • In reply to lijien:

    fair enough. but i thought he looked solid, an MLS starter imo. i'd be interested to see nyarko play F, with Ristic play on the right wing.

    anyway, your point is valid though, they've had quite few signings that haven't worked out and perhaps 1 that has.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Guillermo......I GOT IT!!!!

    remove the current players from your current banner, and then replace them with no one of note--just like the Fire.

    :D oh wait...... :(

  • In reply to giaco:

    New banner is in the works....should be ready in 30-60 days.
    ;)

  • In reply to giaco:

    WOW we are worse off then the expansion teams coming in this year a total rebuild is upon us!
    Well I'm happy if it is the case that Castillo is off our books as he wasn't worth more then a bag of chips!
    I wish Freddy was still here though!
    Let's use some of that $ and gets some solid players that know how to play in the MLS!
    The Galaxy has been very active this offseason and NY has retooled!
    Doesn't bode well for our pathetic offseason of the team being gutted as the 3rd city in the US in this huge market we have!
    Well look at the winners of the last to MLS Cups hailing from the Rockies and coming out of nowhere (RLS & Rapids)!
    I rather watch a team that likes each other and plays with heart than a team of Castillo (pre-Madonna's) any day!

  • In reply to giaco:

    Charlie Corr's article on Castillo's departure.....

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire/post/_/id/914/report-castillo-signing-with-aris

    The Fire may have an option to bring Castillo back after the six month loan period at Aris is completed. This is consistent with what I've heard. I'd suggest cutting all ties now.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Why not keep an option to get him back? Were not going to go out and be signing all these DPs so we need that slot. If he goes out there and lights up the league and is playing well then we can bring him into our squad. If he doesn't play well then we dont have to bring him back. If we don't keep an option than that would be a bad bit of business.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    You're probably right on that. It may not hurt to keep the option open if he does miraculously revive his career in the next six months at Aris but I'd like to see the money for his DP spot used on a player who actually wants to be here.

    The Fire will retain an option on him from what I understand but he's realistically not coming back.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would love to see that money used on a DP that wants to be here but these players aren't lining up. Any DP that would be worth signing is going to be under contract right now and wouldn't be joining us until the summer anyway. And why would they want to join this team now?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Chas21 That would be Carlos de los Cobos and Frank Klopas.

    Guillermo didn't mean to get you upset by my earlier post.
    I appreciate all your efforts here and the time you spend
    keeping us Fire Fans informed and entertained.
    I want Soccer to succeed in Chicago and that will happen with
    only a successful entertaining team. I just don't feel confident
    that will happen under Frank Klopas and Carlos de los Cobas.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Tiger,
    You didn't get me upset - that was a joke based on a comment made by Blanco a few years ago about having too many defenders. :)

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    More rumor time : Fire will announce the signing of a player from the Orient some time soon. Another player could be Uruguayan.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i take it they are both defenders?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Or is he an Oriental-Uruguayan hybrid super playmaker who is the missing piece in DLC's master plan of playing an 8-1-1 system with 7 defenders back who get the ball to the super playmaker who has the uncanny ability to always play the ball in front of Carr so the only choice he has to make is to shoot...It all makes sense now, THAT would be attractive soccer! ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Maybe is is an Oriental-Uruguayan hybrid superplaymaker! Maybe that is the reason behind the run on defenders. Now DLC can play his favored 8-1-1 system! It would be very hard for the opponent to find space in the crowded defensive third, just clear the ball to the superplaymaker, who will have the uncanny ability to play the ball in front of Carr so the only decision he has to make is shoot! Now THAT would be attractive soccer! ;)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    DerSting, you crack my shiz up. I, for one, can't wait for this legend-in-the-making, either!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Or is ha an Oriental-Uruguayan Superplaymaker? ;)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    sorry about the multiple posts, sent from my phone and they were not appearing!

  • In reply to giaco:

    Good, definately not worth risking another 1.8 million. I would have to say the worst DP in league history. The Fire are fairly strong in the midfield, and I'm guessing they're going to use two holding mids (Pause and Ristic) do to their utter lack of an attacking mid. But the Fire desperately need a forward. A lot of late round draft picks doesn't cut it for a team like the Fire(used to be). I think Kewell and Mutu are considering MLS, maybe an inner league trade (I know, crazy right)?

  • In reply to giaco:

    I mentioned Mutu a while ago but he's another risk due to his off field issues.

  • In reply to giaco:

    No official comment forthcoming from the Fire today on the Castillo situation.

    I'm assuming the terms of a possible loan cancellation or option to bring him back are being finalized with Shakthar.

  • In reply to lijien:

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

    It would fit perfect with the "Men In Red" and he is 25. Sporting Kansas City is interested in him.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I meant he would be a perfect fit.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    yup, impressive goal to game ratio and young. we'll see.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Castillo is going to join former MLS player Carlos Ruiz in Aris.

  • In reply to cesba:

    angel signs w/galaxy, according to ives. that's 3 dp's in LA, 2 in NY and 0 in Chicago, for those keeping count.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Never fear the Fire announced the winner of the Open Tryout.....

    http://ht.ly/3GJK8

  • In reply to Drew:

    Yeah that's so pathetic!
    Those 2 cities on either coast have sure been active and on the up and up and our organization is much like an expansion team without the benefits of being an expansion team (drafting other teams players, allocations, etc) to get them up and running fast.

    We are in very sad shape for the upcoming season! :-(

  • In reply to Drew:

    Fire hire new strength and conditioning coach......

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2011/1/19/1944924/tony-jouaux-hired-as-chicago-fire-strength-and-conditioning-coach

  • In reply to Drew:

    Good News about the Fire hiring a New Fitness Coach.
    I wish they would also hire a New Head Coach.
    From the looks of things thus far this year and what we
    experienced in 2010 I don't have any confidence that
    Carlos de Los Cobos will get the job done this year.
    I hope that I am proven wrong in this but so far it doesn't
    look very promising. I am glad to see Castillo go to Greece
    the Fire should Slam the Door shut on this guy for good.
    Why not replace him with a good Mexican,European or South American
    Striker with a current proven performance record.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Really glad about renewing those season tickets right about now, they are really going all out to be competitive this year. Maybe we can find a dental supply company to sponsor the jerseys because this is going to be one slow painful root canal of a season.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Rumor time: The Fire are currently trying to sign a proven defender from one of the big clubs in Argentina.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Proven is a euphemism for over 34.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Guillermo how many more defenders do we need???
    Shouldn't the Fire be looking at signing a proven Striker instead??
    I thought Carlos was planing on playing attractive soccer which
    he promised us in 2010 and we saw very little of this last year.
    In his wisdom does DLC now think that attractive soccer is all about defending. Some one needs to tell De los Cobos that
    the best defense is "A Good Offense" Attack the other team with a
    "Good Offense And Force The Other Team to do most of the defending.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    How many defenders do we need?

    Tiger,
    Are you Cuauhtemoc Blanco? ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    +1 Guillermo!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Hottest ticket in town is the Chicago Fire season tickets!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Because people are burning their ticket booklets.

  • In reply to cesba:

    castillo was the worst player I ever saw play for the fire. worse that jaqua, worse than chad. pathetic. whoever brought him to the fire should be fired, right now!

  • In reply to cesba:

    haha, well done GR!

  • In reply to cesba:

    I can assure you that Tiger (my dad) is not Cuauhtemoc Blanco! LOL

    But we do need a proven forward, or two!
    Not seeing much hope in like 5-7 or whatever we have now of youngsters!
    We look more like a college team, or USL team, then a MLS team right now!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Forlan? No way......

  • In reply to giaco:

    I'll say it again: If Forlan comes to the Fire this season I will pee my pants, take a picture, and send it to everyone here.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I think your pants will be dry.

  • In reply to cesba:

    for reasons concerning Forlan, at least, I think you're right. Other reasons... I don't make such promises.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Uruguayan and well known Colombian possible?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Juan Valdez? He's over 34...and well known! ;)

  • In reply to giaco:

    Hint: It is not Diego Forlan or Luis Suarez.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Orient? Hu Jintao...he's in town and shut down I90/I94. It must be a big deal

  • In reply to giaco:

    So here's the plan: We bring Mike Ditka in as an assistant coach, and when he sees how crappy our team is, he'll bring in some fresh meat. The fresh meat are two Italian superstars and our mantra is 'pass the ball to the Italians.' Meanwhile, De Los Cobos is getting addicted to coffee while having a bad relationship with Sean Johnson, who is angered by the lack of attention he is getting. Then, at halftime of the MLS Cup Final, De Los Cobos will realize what a terrible jerk he's been while coaching against his arch-rival. He pulls the Italians and Sean Johnson ends the game dramatically with a goal by dribbling all the way up the field and scoring. Johnson and De Los Cobos reconcile, as Ditka and DLC do. Then they have a pool party where DLC's arch-rival pushes Nyarko into the pool. I'm Carlos De Los Cobos, and HE'S GOT BALLS!
    (BEST.MOVIE.EVER.)

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    ^hilarious!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Leave a comment...

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Now let me get this straight, you have no marquee players, no English radio broadcasts, mediocre television coverage, no clearly defined system of deploying your players, the inability or complete unwillingness to retain or keep your loyal former players as assistant coaches or good will ambassadors, a head coach who cannot make tactical substitutions or evaluate and bring in new talent, but a few lucky season ticket holders will be able to attend a training session, and no store to sell official team merchandise at Toyota Park...hmmmm...you make a very attractive case, sure, put my logo on your jersey!

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I am just wondering if Chicago Fire Owner Andrew Hauptman and so called Technical Director Frank Klopas ever read these posts???
    I hope they do, they might learn something about how the Fire fans feel. I sincerely believe that everyone on here wants nothing more than for the Chicago Fire to succeed by having a winning team that plays attractive attacking Soccer. If the front Office ever get their act together and cater to the desires of the Fans "There is no reason why in short order the Chicago Fire can't exceed the attendance of the Bulls and Black Hawks. Look at the attendance at
    Soldier Field when there are International Soccer games. I know there are more Soccer fans in Chicago and its suburbs than there are Back Hawk or bulls fans. Nothing against those teams I like them also, just want the Chicago Fire Fan base to increase in numbers which it can if the Front Office takes notice of what the
    fans expect.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Yes they do.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I don't think they need to cater to the fans per se. Many organizations that make the tough decisions end up better in the long run, rather then trying to make a splash and placate the fans. Look at chicago sports for an example, the bears kept lovie against a lot of fans wishes and they are back in the finals. The cubs always seem to try to make a splash and never win. The Sox make tough choices and they too go to the playoffs.. Sometimes it's about not giving the fans what they want, but what the team needs, and i think some of the signings last year were more fan orientated then team orientated.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Cutler and Peppers aren't big splashes? The Bears also have 3 former head coaches on their staff this season. This season for us would be like the Bears losing Urlacher, Briggs, Knox, Tillman, Harris all in one off season. The would have a lot of cap space to sign players though.

    Ljungberg and Castillo had the potential to be the 2 best players on our team last season. Sure Castillo ended up being a flop but everyone was on board with the decision to sign him when the news came in. We would be in a much better situation if both of those guys were still on our team.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Freddie staying yes, Nery no. With Conde and Nery gone I believe Pappa's numbers are going to skyrocket this season. I call it a hunch.

  • In reply to lijien:

    "Sometimes it's about not giving the fans what they want, but what the team needs, and i think some of the signings last year were more fan orientated then team orientated."

    Other than Freddie, Nery and Collins John weren't names that were brought up for discussion that the Fire really really needed to be brought in. I will agree that there needs to be a focused attention to the mind-set of the team. Personally ever since Chris Armas left that identity of "blue collar work ethic" is gone. We don't need sexy football to win over the fans, we need that gritty determination of "we may not win but you will never question our effort of never giving up." That's what I want back.

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    That I can agree with, if the Fire lost, you could be assured that it was not from lack of effort and determination. That is definately missing from the current squad, from the front office on down. Many times it appeared they were coasting around out there. Maybe that is why CJ is gone, get rid of that guy who works hard and makes the rest of them look bad. At least he called them out on it a few times last season.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Yes I know CJ retired...you know what I mean.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    McBride over C.J. for the captains band was a huge mistake in my opinion. That pretty much opened the door for C.J. to leave. I don't know how the decision was made but it was made. Now it's going to be Pause as captain. I think he will do a much better job than McBride. Pause is a true team player, he may not have the skill we all want him to but neither did Armas. All the bad eggs have been tossed out. This can be a true team again. Now the players won't have an excuse of a Nery, McBride, Collins John and/or Conde ego trip to get in the way of achieving the goal.

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    The fire need to put a good product on the field and the fans will come...Toyota Park must make it a great place to enjoy the game. They need to work together.

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    That's exactly what Pause is to this team but majority of the people here want him replaced because he doesn't attack. He keeps possession too much and he only plays the ball backwards. Logan is the glue that will keep the team together. If he is not the captain this year then than it will be a big mistake.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The only other person besides Logan I see wearing the captain's band is Gonzalo.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Pause will be team captain....that's probably the only guaranteed thing going into this season.

  • In reply to cesba:

    that and ice cream nachos

  • In reply to cesba:

    It gets depressing seeing that other MLS teams are making efforts to improve while the Fire remains mute. Either Klopas/DLC are conducting secret negotiations with several top notch players or they are clueless. So far their record isn't great.
    Can't blame the Chicago press for lack of coverage when there isn't anything to report.
    At this point the Fire have fairly decent talent on the defensive side, hope they don't make
    a major signing of a defensive player when they need some quality forwards.

  • In reply to cesba:

    good article on sean johnson at team USA camp
    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/johnson-learning-veterans-us-camp

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think the Chicago Fire need to generate some attention by
    signing a proven well known Striker that still has some years
    left in his legs. When Brian McBride came to the Chicago Fire he had already lost a step in his performance. Too bad he wasn't
    available to the Fire while still in his prime. That is all history now, let's worry about the present and future Chicago Fire.
    I am surprised the Fire isn't pursuing Toyota as a Jersey Sponsor.
    If DC United can get Volkswagen then the Fire should be able to
    get Mercedes, BMW, Audi, or at the very least Toyota.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    What "proven well known striker" is going to want to come to this league, let alone this team. The player needs to have no other options to come over to this league. They are going to make terrible money and have to live in an expensive place. They could go play in the lower divisions of a country they know and make the same amount of money they would here, maybe more. I think it is safe to say that no player in their mid 20's that is European and given the choice between here or there, that they will pick here. Right now, this league is a retirement home for aging players that just want to get a decent paycheck and ease out of the game. It's going to take a big time player that's 27 and out of a contract that gives up a top league to join ours for others to do the same. And I don't see that happening anytime soon. Right now we just need someone other than Caitlin Carr to be our starting forward. Anyone other than him...

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    The only automotive jersey sponsor this team can appeal to is Victory Auto Wreckers!

    On the bright side, there is no relegation so no matter how bad the team does this year they will still be in the league next year.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    ha, if that's the ONLY bright side I'd say we are definitely in trouble!

  • In reply to DerSting:

    My really bad sources tell me it's going to be a Chicago based company that will be our sponsor. I'm leaning towards Eagle Insurance. I can see Eagle Man at Toyota Park already.

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    What a half time show! Eagle Man and Sparky in an ultimate fighting cage match! Bring it on!

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    After the Union 's 3 million a year from Bimbo, the Bar has been set quite high for the Fire front Office. I will be interested to see if they can achieve something in that ballpark. Unlike players, were time is needed to see if they are a wise investment, Hauptman will be able to judge immediately what kind of job the FO is doing.

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    Qatar...
    http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ro-qatar012211

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    sean johnson on at half, his first cap for the US nat'l team

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    and a goal against him in the 53rd min. horrible defending, not much SJ coulda done

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    agudelo and bunbury are looking to be a great strike partnership for the nat'l team

    much more positive play in 2nd half since they came on

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    dont think SJ got any saves tonite, but was well positioned to cover the two shots that were off target that i remember chile taking

    the goal against him that was a great strike as well as terrible defending

    also had a 2nd goal against him nullified by offsides

    other than that, not much for SJ to do in 2nd half

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    Thats it!!! How can a brotha' buy this bankrupt ass team??
    The club's management is insane!!!

  • In reply to WBO5ElGuapo:

    Just saw a report that Seattle has made an offer for Diego Forlan. I'm sure the Fire's Uruguayan will be just as good. ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    any rumblings on who the signings might be? and i don't think that the fire could ever make a signing as high profile like forlan due to the fact of the current owner.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Pirata, I don't have names yet but we should know soon since players report on 1/28.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR,

    Any word on the Asian player the Fire are looking at? Is it still the case that they are looking to bring in an Asian and South American player or has this changed? I ask because I saw on lard-ass Ives' twitter that the Fire are set to sign two Uruguayan strikers of the Freddy Montero ilk/

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    By the way, I still want credit on the scoop if they bring in Lee Nyugen.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Lol....btw Ives is correct. I don't think either one will be a DP.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Coquito,

    I think one of the stikers is Colombian, but I don't have names yet on any of the three possible players.

    There is at least one striker on the way for sure.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I heard that rumor. That will never happen for Seattle. They have no cap space number one and number two, they invested money on Montero as a DP with Nkufo and Fernandez.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I don't think it's gonna happen but Seattle did apparently try to make an offer.

  • In reply to cesba:

    let alone the transfer fee, how could they afford his $8m salary?
    even tottenham in EPL can't do the deal

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Makes for an interesting topic - that's about it but if anybody could afford an $8 mill salary it's a team averaging 35K in attendance.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Don't forget their ownership group has deep pockets as well Joe Roth and Paul Allen. Plus they would drop 1 of their dps who are really only on like 500k

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Any truth to the rumor that the Fire about to sign Larry, Curly, and Moe

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    No but Shemp is getting a tryout.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    We don't need all three Stooges we already have Larry and Curly with
    Frank Klopas and Carlos de los Cobos.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Or Plymouth, Pontiac, or Mercury.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Going for the century mark in comments, are ya GR?! Let's do this!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    More importantly, any news!?! Any signings? Oh yes, draft choices and supplemental draft.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Minus Frank Flopas...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Actually, I know Klopas has read posts and comments here because he's referenced a few in conversation. I don't think he's reading it every day but I do know he's aware of complaints.

  • In reply to giaco:

    The Fire released this statement today regarding Castillo's loan to Aris.......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/01/fire-loan-nery-castillo-aris-fc

    Although Frank Klopas called it an opportunity for Castillo to get some "consistent playing time on the field" and the team would "monitor his progress in the coming months" it's pretty clear Castillo engineered this loan deal himself - possibly without the team's knowledge. As of last week Klopas was expecting Castillo to report for training camp at the end of January.

    The Fire have apparently made some cash off the loan and have retained Castillo's rights in the event that he miraculously revives his career at Aris but it's more likely that Castillo is done in Chicago. The Fire will use the money from the loan and Castillo's vacated salary spot to acquire new players. By the time the loan spell expires there should be little room for Castillo.

    When Castillo was acquired I thought the move was a big gamble but a gamble worth taking nonetheless. If it worked out and Castillo returned to 2007 form the Fire would look like geniuses. It didn't work out - Castillo turned out to be exactly what his reputation said he was. Good riddance.

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR, there is the rub. It seems everyone, except ristic who did the 6 month trial it seemed, were gambles and the only one who who wasn't a total waste was Ljunberg. I would rather they just traded and got proven MLS players at this stage as I question their ability to find international talent who will succeed.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i agree it was a risk worth taking - its not like castillo derailed the Fires run at the MLS cup or anything. they were a midtable barely playoff team before he came, and the fact that they missed the playoffs just spared us all the misery of watching them lose in the first round mediocrity

    its a shame he cost so much and delivered so little

  • In reply to cesba:

    When do we finally stop talking about using the salary cap space and start using it? Every player that we lost this off season was making more than 100k except CJ and Lowry. Most were over 150k. That is alot of space in this league. So we need to figure it out. I have never been this annoyed with this team. I have always been optimistic because we have always had talented players that could get the job done if they wanted to. Now there are more teams and you have to put together a pretty good season to get into the playoffs. You can just have a good run of form in August and sneak into the playoffs.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Could this Asian player possibly be former US-International and Indiana University stand-out Lee Nguyen? His contract in Vietnam runs out in September and would be great along-side Potato in the midfield or in an attacking-mid role. I personally would love that move, the kid is great with the ball!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Jeff Crandall's latest All-In podcasts. Davis Paul and Dan Paladini......

    http://ht.ly/3HRzE

  • In reply to cesba:

    Another Fire alumni helping another team !!?? www.socceramerica.com/article/41092/union-go-colombian-to-shore-up-the-back.html

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    We don't need leaders fron the past around here, we have DLC and HIS system, we don't need anything else. I just hope we can find those ever elusive players that fit into his system sometime this decade. I am beginning to think even he doesn't know himself, but he rules the roost unopposed because it wouldn't be good in the locker room to have any contact with any idea that is old. Leads to a lot of quality people helping other teams...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    We have seen enough of the front office signings to conclude they are incompetent. The fact that they have had over a year to prepare for McBride and CJ's retirement , and other predictable losses like expansion, and yet have nothing, zero, zilch, nada lined up as replacements, only confirms this. Some teams are in camp already, yet the Fire will be attempting to sign significant players all the way to kick off while other teams are bedding in new players, gelling etc. Money means nothing unless you spend it well. Houston giving money for Will Bruin seems money well spent. When will the Fire spend some of this pile of cash they have in reserve? Why do teams with less serious needs already have good foreign players signed as soon as the market opens and with others on the way, yet nothing from the Fire except the odd rumor about marginal players.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    It's nice to see "Frank the Wank" and the Fire brain trust still have everything under control. I heard after this season Frank is writing a book on how to devalue an organization and the first chapter disscusses how he throws darts at a dart board to figure out what he is going to do that day.

    I am sure 2012 or 2013 will be looking up for you guys. Hang in there.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Not rubbing salt in the wound or anything.......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/new-coach-brown-excited-join-tight-rsl-core

  • In reply to cesba:

    a little dig at the current state at the Fire I see.

  • In reply to cesba:

    At first, my guess was Juan Riquelme but he is a center midfielder.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Leave a comment...

  • Here is the announcement from Aris' official site....

    http://www.arisfc.gr/index.cfm?pid=2&view=detail&id=2081

    Translation:
    ARIS FC announces the acquisition (for the next six months in the form of loans from Shakhtar Donetsk) of Mexican international striker Nery Alberto Castillo Confalonieri. The player was born on June 13, 1984 and a height of 1.71. From 2000 to 2007 he struggled with the shirt of the Olympic 105 entries recording and scoring 30 goals. Then transcribed to Shakhtar Donetsk, where he had 12 entries and 1 goal. He wore in 2008 to 7 games the jersey Manchester City, has moved from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3 incl.), while this year with the Chicago Fire jersey this year had 12 entries. It is 21 times international with the national team in Mexico and has achieved 6 goals. The player is expected tonight at 9 on the Macedonia airport of Thessaloniki.

  • A quote from Castillo on Aris' site:

    Upon completion of the agreement, the player told the official site offers FC noting: "I come to a big team like ARIS with great mood to play good football. For me it is a door that opens and gives me the opportunity to return to Greece and to show what I can accomplish. I know what club to come and give them all about Mars in order to achieve our objectives in Greece and Europe."

    No idea how google translates the Mars comment. :)

  • In reply to cesba:

    All your eyebrows are belong to us.

  • In reply to cesba:

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/soccer/2011-01-19-1047060280_x.htm

    ATHENS, Greece (AP)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Adios amigo. Don't let the puerta hit you on the way out.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    yeah, his stint w/the Fire was maybe a 1.5 out of 10 in terms of value.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Btw, I really hope Klopas has a few tricks up his sleeve. As the team currently stands, it's going to be a terribly long season.

  • well, i was still willing to give the guy a chance & thought maybe he could regain some form, but i also dont mind seeing him go - it was pretty evident that CDLC did not think much of castillo, he wouldnt even play him in the final meaningless matches & see if he could show something....anything of value

    it also seems to me that castillo was comfortable playing in greece, so its probly the best place for him, wish him the best of luck in restoring his career

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