Gaston Puerari is Behind Door #1

 

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The Fire have announced the first of two international player signings and mystery international striker number one is indeed Uruguayan Gaston Puerari.

Puerari has played in the Uruguayan first division the last four seasons with Rampla Juniors and most recently Montevideo Wanderers.  His yearly stats are available here.  Puerari scored 5 goals in eleven matches with Montevideo in the 2010 Apertura season before departing Uruguay for Chicago. 

While the name isn't exactly going to excite the masses and instantly change most opinions of the Fire's outlook for 2011, Puerari appears to be a step up from the forwards currently on the roster.  His agent also represents Seattle's Alvaro Fernandez. 

The mystery player behind door #2 was not announced due to pending completion of paperwork.

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  • I'll take door # 3 Monty!

    JK, welcome to the club Gassy.

  • Quien? I hope door #2 reveals something more appealing. I'll gladly eat my words if this Puerari pans out to be something special.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I hope door number 2 is a central midfielder.

  • im quite willing to wait & see what he can do for the fire before passing judgement.

    there's gotta be some guys that will surprise the fans, i think

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I agree. Let's give him a chance. 5 goals in 11 games is solid.

  • In reply to Drew:

    You can't asess a plyer's ability based on his last 11 games, but look at his career in total. He isn't cited on Wikipedia so he hasn't impressed that many in the past.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    True, but I wouldn't judge a player based on whether or not he has a wiki page either. ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    I agree that a citation on wikipedia doesn't convey quality or ability.
    Also, wiki information isn't always accurate.
    My point was if he has decent ability why wasn't there any listing,
    given the number of soccer players listed on wiki with varying degrees
    of ability or lack of ability.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    i think gaston happens to disagree
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gast%C3%B3n_Puerari

  • In reply to nrj6:

    This must mean he has arrived. ;)

  • In reply to nrj6:

    When I checked earlier I found nothing on him at Wiki.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Tried again under Gaston Puerari, found nothing,
    then I tried Puerari Wikipedia and the site popped up,
    Thanks

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I don't think a search results in anything, i tried but no luck so i found him through the fire page

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    My only solace, is that last season, most the players didn't seem to want to play 1 and 2 touch and with the turnover hopefully we are getting those players.. but other then that the back line and the forward line still worry me.. but at least pause, baggio, myarko and pappa is a decent midfield.

  • In reply to lijien:

    considering how seemingly disinterested and poorly conde played last season, i think the back line might turn out better than last years. the fire certainly have enough defenders in camp to choose from.

    and forwards is always a crap shoot. even wayne rooney can't find the net this season.

    i am cautiously optimistic

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    also as to forwards - who woulda predicted wondolowski and buddle as #1/#2 in MLS goals last season?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    wondo no, but Buddle yes when he has been healthy buddle was a scoring machine in the mls the past few years.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I am not in the Chris Wondolowski bandwagon yet with a career year in 2010. Let's see him do it again in 2011.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    CC agree --good points.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I think the back line will be better than expected. Gibbs is a solid pro and I'm optimistic about Anibaba. Segares should be back in form and Robinson can fill in at right back until Kinney returns. Anibaba may also be able to play outside with Mikulic or Robinson/Watson-Siriboe playing in the middle with Gibbs.

  • In reply to cesba:

    There is a lot of young and unproven guys looking for time on the backline.. It could be they all plug in wonderfully, or they all fail. Of the guys with experience, only Sega can be described as a day in day out starter. I'm not sold on Gibbs, and Robinson is a good spot player but I'm not sure he is a week in week out starter.. I'm hoping the new signings and the Rookies, Kwame can do a Opara, Ream, etc... thing, but I am still a bit wary..

  • In reply to lijien:

    Agree.....there are still alot of questions but there is a glimmer of hope that things will work out on the backline. Not much to cling to, but it's something.

  • In reply to cesba:

    according to that press release puerari has scored 14 goals in 65 games. anybody think that is kind of odd.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Check out the link to the ESPN stats page....those numbers are pretty close.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Which of the 2 is this? The experienced 5 year veteran or the young one with potential? Does this also mean no number 10 type?

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    I think this is the "potential" one.

    A real #10 looks bleak right now.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Thanks for the answer. Wondering why the cloak and dagger approach from the Fire. maybe they need better PR staff as this saga seemed to annoy many fans and is, as expected, underwhelming. it looks like our number 10 is Palladini or Pappa unless Bone can play that role. I hope Bone's lack of playing time last season, even in the last dregs of a wasted season, isn't a sign the DLC doesn't rate him. I think DLC copped an attitude about Krol before the season began and never changed his mind.

  • In reply to Celt:

    They have a PR staff?

  • In reply to Celt:

    I don't think the veil of secrecy comes from the PR staff, it seems to be a directive from above. They need to improve on addressing this issue...no doubt. It only frustrates the fan base.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    Man this team is starting to look like last place and no one out there can help this team they stink. No attempt to make this team any better.No real attempt to get someone that can help just picking up players to make it look like they are trying. I am just about to get rid of my season tickets i am that paying all that money for garbage i can go watch little kids play better than that

  • In reply to tymbark75:

    lol, oh come on now, you are already assuming they will play like garbage and you havent even seen the team yet

    give em a chance. who thought RSL was gonna be good 2 years ago?

  • In reply to tymbark75:

    Watching Fox news yesterday and to my suprise the Fire get a 30 second metion with Pause talking about him being picked as captin. Nothing on WGN news about Fire...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    There were some camera crews at Media Day on Tuesday. Fox is fairly decent with Fire news (compared to the other outlets)....WGN is terrible.

  • In reply to cesba:

    CBS 2 News....Forget it.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I don't think I want the Fire being reported on CBS2 anyways. Their investigative reporter questioned a quote when it was clearly sarcasm. I would hate to hear them try and explain the offsides rule.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Great point, coquito.

  • In reply to cesba:

    What happened to Edison Fonseca, last week there were rumors he was coming to the MLS, primarily linked to Portland, or possibly the Fire after he returned from Iran.
    Nothing reported on him after he returned to Columbia except that apparently Portland passed on him.
    On paper he appears a better bet than some that are on trial. Averaged about a goal for every 2 games
    in Columbia. Any reason his stock dropped?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Wed. night I caught a bit of Dave Kaplan's WGN sports show. He mentioned that Greg Jarrett's son, Hunter, got a trial with the Fire. But then, for some reason, he had to devolve into this "soccer is awful" bit. One sidekick sounded genuinely surprised ("You mean you didn't even watch the World Cup?". The other played along with the old slow, low-scoring crapola.
    Oddly enough, a day earlier, I heard some guys on the SCORE saying how the BlackHypes purists should be happy because the bandwagon jumpers are starting to fade away.
    Is it 2014 yet? Money's already being socked away for Brazil.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    WGN is terrible when it comes to soccer coverage and Kaplan's dinosaur attitude is part of the problem.

    The Hawks bandwagon jumpers are now riding on the Derrick Rose for MVP bus.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Dig the new banner, well done.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    GR -- Bravo on the new banner not to be confused with the old Banner--sorry about that!! LOL

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Nice! I bet its the next two prayers to leave Fire.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Do feel it's too early to name a captain? I like Logan and know he does, the little things, that makes him a very good player and certainly capt. material. I guess they can make a co-captain at anytime. What I'm wondering is, should it be a player that takes charge and takes leadership in 2011?

  • In reply to bert:

    It seems that Pause is willing to step up and take a more vocal role. He's respected in the locker room and the front office....there really was no other choice.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Doug, Dave Kaplan doesn't like soccer at all; he admitted it on CSN last year during the World Cup. Kaplan is more of a baseball guy than ever. George Ofman mentioned that the World Cup is waste of time and laughs about it. Reporters like Ryan Baker, Megan Malawke, Dave Kaplan and bunch of Score's radio personalities are bandwagon jumpers. FOX is the best when it comes to soccer coverage especially Jill Carlson and Amy Freeze are die heart Fire fans.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Doug & longoria, I would not worry too much about Dave Kaplan. His old way of thinking will soon meet the same end that met his buddy Chet Coppock. Chet once said, on the eve of Bears Superbowl in '06, that the Superbowl was the world's most important sports spectacle. Better than the World Cup because it's soccer and only forgieners that play it. Karma caught up to him, it's only time before Kap meet's lady Karma.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    coquito, I would not worried too much about Chet Choppock either. Coppock is a buffoon that utters nonsense. The same Chet Coppock that once said that Falcons RB Michael Turner is a modern day Bronco Nagurski.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    My ears begin to ache at the mere mention of Chester Coppock.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Speaking of world view. Coppock used to refer to Norm Van Lier as "The Dutchman".

    I know these guys are all goofs. I try to take a breath when when the baseball guys label soccer as boring and hard to understand. Has anyone written the essay that exposes this fallacy? I have it half completed in my brain.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I've written about that topic briefly in the past but then again I'm also a baseball who isn't afraid to admit that the game is boring.

    Coppock is the radio equivalent of listening to nails on a chalkboard transmitted over the airwaves disguised as coherent sports programming.

  • In reply to cesba:

    In an off the field item that surfaced on Tuesday......Fire Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Becky Carroll has decided to leave the organization in the next few weeks. Most fans may not recognize Becky but anyone covering the team and Section 8 leaders are very familiar with her work. She was also a great help when I began writing Fire Confidential.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    I was really down that we lost so many players and wary of CDLC - and still wary of him - but I'm actually getting kind of excited about all of the young players the Fire have acquired. We might suck, it takes some time to gel but we know they'll bring more heart and energy to the game when compared to many of the players from last year.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    I'm looking forward to see what the young guys bring to the table too.

  • In reply to JeannieH:

    Nery Castillo comments on how happy he is at Aris.....

    "Chicago is a very pretty city, I was there for six months but I wanted to go to Greece. It's my home and Aris opened the door for me and I accepted".

    Thanks Aris

  • In reply to cesba:

    Oh Gaston, oh Gaston, no ones as good as Gaston, no one scores more goals than Gaston...

    I hope we can all sing the chorus this season!

  • In reply to Drew:

    Five goals in eleven games are nice numbers but let's see how he adjusts with a league that plays 34 games in a season.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    the more i think about it, the more positive i am about the upcoming season - sure its a lot of new faces & quite a few unproven players, but i think that may drive some of these guys to a good season. last year it just seemed that some of the players were too comfortable just being on the field, there was not a lot of drive or aggression from the team to go after wins. i dunno if players were not adjusting to the CLDC system, or just didnt care enough, or what the deal was, but i just have a gut feeling that this upcoming year will be at the very least more enjoyable to watch than the previous year

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I'm with you... I'm coming along to it. Maybe it's just the doldrums of winter now and I just want to get out to TP and watch some ball, but I'm keeping a positive outlook. We've seen some pretty bad preseason teams do very well in the season and make the playoffs. Maybe we can do that this year. And, you never know, maybe our staff can really utilize all this youth the right way. Let's do this!

  • No doubt that he probably is better than the rest of the trialist forwards in camp, but the competition isn't that great in the first place. Looks like he'll make an excellent second starting forward to support
    the main starting forward. Don't see any consistent goal scorer in camp as yet.
    Would be a excellent acquisition if the Fire can sign a top flight strker.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Definitely still need a target forward of some sort.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    What about Caleb Folan has a target striker? http://www.mls-rumors.net/14704/2011/02/incoming-hull-city-striker-caleb-folan-to-mls/

  • In reply to bulls428:

    He has 18 months left on his deal...he'd require a buy out or transfer fee I think.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    The Hull board says it end at the end of this season. If not you can always get him on loan with option to buy like we did with Nery.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    i'm still not getting any warm and fuzzy feelings about the 2011 season yet. maybe this guy will work out and be amazing, but on the other hand this could be the worst season in fire/league history.

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