Fire Sign Colombian Forward Cristian Nazirit



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.   


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  • Probably a good pickup, has a history of scoring on a farly frequent basis, has good size and probably has more overall skill than Oduro who has great speed but little finishing ability.
    Should drop Banner and find an attacking CMF with modest ability.

  • According to Transfer Market, Nazirit is the most valuable player on the Fire roster, valued at 800,000 Euros, roughly 1.1+ mil US, putting him ahead of Chaves who is rated the second most valuable, valued at 616,000 Euros, aprrox. $800K US.
    If this holds up, the Fire have an excellent signing.
    Putting this in prespective, Nazirit's 1.1 mil is less than 1% of Messi"s value, recognized by a wide margin as the world's most vaued player at 120+ US

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    We had plenty of players last year with transfer value, doesn't mean they did anything on the field. Pass this memo on to Hauptmann's accounting unit, and get back to me when we've seen these guys play a whole season.

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  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    one other comment - i consider 6 pts in the next 4 matches to be an absolute minimum amount that chicago needs to still be considered competitive in the league. hoping for 9 or 10 pts in May

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    They absolutely need to capitalize and pick up points in May or things could get ugly.

  • Sean Johnson says all the right things here......

  • According to the, Real Madrid and Chelsea were coveting Nazirit. Some scouts were comparing him to Samuel Eto'o.

  • Klopas on Nazirit......

  • Vancouver is playing Montreal tonight with most of their starters in the line up.

  • In reply to cesba:

    lets hope they have a close and hard fought match

  • Can't wait to see him on the pitch in July after all of the paperwork clears...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Shockingly the paper has already cleared and he's available now.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    You must have missed the first paragraph of the press release (or you didn't read it at all):

    "...will be available for selection by Fire Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos for the Chicago Fire

  • In reply to seaside:

    I'm guessing the original post was sarcasm considering the seemingly endless wait for the paperwork to clear on Chavez and Puerari this past offseason :)

  • obviously depending on how he plays with the team, IMO once nazarit is ready to start, you drop one of our d-mids from the lineup and pull chavez back into the A-mid position. he practically plays role that half the time anyway

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    That's an interesting option Count.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Wouldn't Gaston P be better at the attacking mid position with Chaves and Nazirit up top? What would th line-up be if they went with a 4-4-2?

    Gonzo - (any healthy CD) - (the other healthy CD)- Anibaba
    Pappa - Pause - Puerrari- Nyacko/????

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    i dunno. i guess i figger puerarri is faster & can get behind the defense easier, even tho he may not be the best finisher. chavez has shown that he can see the field well enough to make the through-passes. thats why i think chavez is better suited at A-mid

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    i also (so far) favor oduro over nyarko at right wing. i know we've only seen a small bit of oduro, but he is bigger and seems to hold up against the defense roughing up the wingers better than nyarko (remember in the seattle match how often nyarko was knocked down?)

    speed-wise its a wash - they are both speedy and handfull for the fullbacks, and finishing is probly close as well - both have had their issues in the past, but at least oduro seems more willing to shoot. both have made one nice assist crossing from the wing this season. and so far this season nyarkos ball control seems to have diminished from last season, else i'd give him the edge there. so with everything else pretty equal, oduro has the edge on strength/ability to stay in the game. until nyarko gets back into form like he was the first half of last season, i'd prefer oduro

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I tend to agree about Nyarko... I think it's time to stop calling him "promising" and "a prospect" and assess him on his record to date... Oduro seems to have more bite. Nyarko promises a lot but delivers less than I'd like.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I wouldn't mind seeing ristic get a chance on the wing as well. I liked what I saw from him last year.

  • In reply to Drew:

    the thing i like about ristic is he is a hard worker - he is very willing to do the dirty work and track back when necessary. he also was decent with the ball.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    New Touchline TV episode (good stuff).........

  • In reply to Modibo:

    GR -- has DLC or Klopas explained how they intend to use a new striker when everyone, including them, has consistently been concerned with the lack of a competent midfield general? Shuffling the line-up seems like a second best option. Have they explained their rationale?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Nazirit is a player that they've been interested in for some time. They felt he was good enough to pursue regardless of his position or their current need in midfield. In speaking with people within the organization, they still realize that adding another midfielder is something that they need to do and are still pursuing. Signing Nazirit doesn't preclude adding that midfielder if they can find him.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Diago Chavez is a very good player and he has vision and can keep the ball and since he likes to drop back I think he should be tried
    as the central mid and play maker the Fire have been looking for.
    This gives him the freedom of movement and protects him from getting pounded on top since we now have Nazirit.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    You're not the only person I've heard make that suggestion.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    and nazirit should be able to hold the ball, so chavez would be able to fill a different role IMO

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