Fire Announce Diego Chaves As Second International Striker Signing

 

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The Fire finally revealed the identity of the second international striker today, and his name is Diego Chaves.  At 5'-10" and 150 lbs. Chaves isn't exactly a prototypical target forward but the Fire are hopeful that he can fill the #9 spot that is currently up for grabs. 

Chaves played briefly with Uruguayan teammate Gaston Puerari in 2009 at Montevideo Wanderers before playing for Queretaro and Veracruz in Mexico.  Veracruz is the same second division side that Cuauhtemoc Blanco played for in 2010.  Chaves returned to Uruguay and played ten matches for Nacional before joining the Fire. 

Chaves will report to training in Florida on Sunday.

MLS/FSC agree to 1 Year Deal

MLS and Fox Soccer Channel agreed to a 1 year 6.5 million dollar deal to broadcast matches again this upcoming season.  The dollar figure is considerably less than the reported $20 million sum MLS was looking for but it is $3 million dollars more than they received for the rights to games last season. 

Here's the complete broadcast schedule.  The Fire have only one FSC game this year, July 9 against the Galaxy.

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  • FIRST!

    Let's see how this guy is. I think it will be interesting to see him and Gaston (since they played together previously).

    Who knows...maybe the season isn't over before it starts.

  • In reply to giaco:

    I agree. Let's see what both guys bring to the table before writing off the season.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Although I've been highly negative about the Fire, I still feel that currently they have the talent to qualify for the playoffs. However with 10 qualification slots out of 18 teams, a team doesn't have to be highly competitive, but slightly below average for the 10th spot.
    My main concern and apparently with other Fire fans is to make it to the next level, being able to be competitive with the top teams in the league.
    If the Fire don't make it to the playoffs, I feel it'll be more due to technical issues such as injuries and coaching decisions rather than lack of talent.
    They still more several more skilled players to pull it to the top.

  • In reply to giaco:

    The Fire seem like they have enough abillity to finish mid table and probably in the top ten, but I think it will be a while before they are top contenders again. The talent of this team just seems to be a far cry from the team that started 2009, which had the likes of McBride, Blanco, Soumare, Rolfe, and Conde. But who knows, maybe the young players will step up and DLC will finally be able to instill his philosophy, and the Fire become the "Arsenal" of MLS.

  • In reply to giaco:

    another year of listening to christopher sullivan, great. thank god the fire only have one game on FSC. the deal is good for the league though.

  • In reply to giaco:

    Does the Fire have a local outlet, MY50 or some such? Or is that too awaiting paperwork?

  • In reply to Celt:

    I think the My50 local deal runs through this year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    G! Googled my50 deal and it appears 2010 season only is mentioned, no talk of multiyear deal in the original announcement or the talk about the deal from Fire forums. Wouldn't we have a schedule already if they carried it this year? Are you confident this package is in place? Anyone? Thanks.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Let me see what I can find out....the Comcast schedule has not been announced yet either.

  • In reply to Celt:

    One thing that I just remembered. It seems to me like one of the reasons CDLC was hired was because of his success with the El Salvador National Team. If you remember that team was extremely young, and they were extremely close to qualifying for the World Cup. I do not want to write off the season at all. I think CDLC at least deserves a chance with these young guys. The older guys from last year seemed to love the long ball, and couldn't get away from it. Hopefully these young guys will buy into DLC's teaching, just as the El Salvadorian team did.

  • In reply to ashadid:

    Well said, I hope you're right!

  • In reply to ashadid:

    I do as well, it would take at least 2 more years to rebuild the team under a new coach if this season is a flop...

  • In reply to ashadid:

    Wednesdays Match against The New York Red Bulls will tell us
    what we can expect in 2011. Carlos de los Cobos VS Hans Backe.
    Backe turned New York around in one Year. Hopefully Carlos
    can do the same in two years.

  • In reply to ashadid:

    I agree however, keep the Red Bull game in perspective.. it is still preseason.. give him the first 1/4 of the season to see what hes got

  • In reply to ashadid:

    "Extremely close to qualifying for the World Cup" is overstating things a bit. El Salvador was gifted passage into the hex by drawing into Haiti and Suriname's group (along with Costa Rica) in the third round. They got some nice results at home in the hex, but also dropped points to Honduras and T and T, and didn't pick up a single point on the road.

    Maybe De Los Cobos got as much out of that talent as any coach could, but they never really had a chance at qualifying.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Okay. Maybe "extremely close" was an overstatement. But they were close. Haiti and Suriname are not much worse than Guatemala and Cuba (if they even are worse), who the US drew. (Look at the rankings now. I would say the groups could not be a whole lot more even, so calling it a 'hex' is going a tad too far.) For a country of 6 million people, I would say getting as far as they did is pretty good. And in a country where there is not a whole lot of organized soccer, It takes a lot to be able to find the players CDLC did, and stay competitive.

  • In reply to ashadid:

    "Hex" refers to the hexagonal, or fourth round of qualifying.

    Yes, the US group wasn't that difficult either, but the group of death was really group B (Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Canada). I can't find any details on the draw, so I don't know whose place they would have taken if they drew into that group, but it would have been rough for them if you switched them in for any of those teams. Hell, Mexico only made it out on goal differential.

    Your point is solid, though. CDLC did do a very good job with what he had, even if he had some luck along the way. Wins against Costa Rica and Mexico, and a draw against the US are nothing to sneeze at.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    My bad. Thanks for clarifying. Anyway. No excuses if he cant win with the fire at all. I just think we should give him another shot. No more after this season though.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    GR,

    Former Croatian international Marko Babic is being linked with the Chicago Fire. This report says that the 30-year-old has been looking for a club for a while now.

    Any true or false?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I don't think so....they may have spoken to him at some point but the midfielder I referred to last week was not Babic....he was more of a central mid but not necessarily a #10. I'll do some checking.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i just want a central midfielder that is willing to get forward at times. something the Fire sorely lacked most of last year

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    that's because he stopped playing baggio

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Nyarko-Pause-Husidic-Pappa I think that this is one of the best midfields in MLS. With Pappa and Nyarko being mainly offensive players, we need a player like Pause who will sit in and defnend for them. Husidic also scores a lot of goals with his late runs into the box, so that is abother plus. I'm not real sure about some of the new guys, but Ristic should be good backup everywhere and i would like to see Bone get more opportunities. Defensively we should be pretty sound, but at forward anything seems possible. I would like to see the Fire step in for Folan, just to add the security of an experianced striker to the mix.

  • In reply to cesba:

    A good number10, an other forward, a center back and fullback and the Fire would be good to go for this season.

  • In reply to giaco:

    I am glad that the mystery of the signing is done. There are a number of young players in camp that should at least add some speed and passion to the line up. The big mystery is DLC? Is he capable of leading a young team thru a grueling season? Personally I don't think so but I am going to force myself to give this team and coach a chance. When do they play the Red bulls?

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Next match against New York is on Wednesday.

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