The Fire have announced the signing of 6'-1", 20 year old Colombian forward Cristian Nazirit. Rumors surfaced last week that the young striker was headed to Chicago and his signing occupies the team's eighth international roster spot which is the maximum per league rules. Additional international roster spots can also be added via trade.
Nazirit will be available for selection this weekend if Carlos De Los Cobos chooses to use him against Vancouver. The feeling that the club was still missing a "bigger" target forward despite the success of Diego Chaves up front surely played a role in the acquisition as Frank Klopas described Nazirit as a "target forward' with pace who can play "with his back to the goal".
Nazarit has had some success in Colombia scoring 16 goals in 42 matches for Independiente. He may turn out to be another good South American find but the team still needs to address the glaring lack of possession caused by sub par play in central midfield. Jeff Crandall takes a look at the acquisition here.
The Fire also announced that Marko Maric has been placed on the injured list, requiring him to miss a minimum of six league matches.
It remains to be seen if Nazarit can resurrect the Fire's playoff hopes.