Fire Sign Sebastian Grazzini

Fire Sign Sebastian Grazzini

As expected the Fire have signed Argentine central midfielder Sebastian Grazzini.  The 30 year old playmaker will be added to the 30 man roster this Friday and will be available for selection upon receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

Grazzini will arrive in Chicago on Thursday night.  Although terms of the deal have not been disclosed some reports out of Argentina have speculated that the deal is for one year.

How quickly Grazzini can get acclimated to MLS play and the runs and tendencies of his teammates in order to truly be effective as a central playmaker is a question that needs to be answered relatively quickly if the Fire are to make a run at  a playoff berth.  With fifteen games remaining the team currently sits only four points out of a playoff spot but there are four teams ahead of them in the table (Chivas, San Jose, Sporting KC, and DC).


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  • so when was the last game he played in? i can't wait to see what this guy can do.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    He last played on June 11 against Gimnasia La Plata, so he should be close to playing shape.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    unless he went on one hell of a bender with blanco.

  • Last night's result was such a great relief. Actual goals like grapes (in a bunch!). I'm sure we've ALL been nervously appreciating the recent results of the steadying hand of Klopas at the helm and growing confidence of the team while still anxious and concerned about the lack of good service and the finishing touch. But we have to remind ourselves that last night they defeated a (essentially) reserve team that must have come here expecting to lose and only hoping to make a respectable show. Now comes the moment for which we've all been JUST DYING! Let's hope it isn't too anticlimactic. At worst we've finally got some Chicago Fire excitement back in this town.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    You're right the very least there will be a USOC semi-final to get excited about.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Arklow - i'll take the win any way they can get it, against whoever shows up :)

    its NYRB fault they didnt take the match seriously, not Chicagos

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    And quite right you are. A win is a win. I agree completely. I'm just saying we need to keep in mind the caliber of the opponent before getting too excited about such a win.

    But DAMN, didn't that feel great! :D

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Amazing what a win will do!

  • So is this DP signing? Is this the only move that is expected?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Not a DP

  • with that resume, i would be surprised if it was dp.. the italian club is serie d..

  • as to the 4 teams ahead of chicago

    DC is very mediocre. take away all the PKs they seem to get, and they kinda suck. dont think we've played em yet this season tho?

    San Jose seemed to play very even with Chicago in the 2 matches i saw. KC outplayed us in their 2nd match IIRC. chivas outplayed chicago in the drawn match.

    all this is before grazzini, so if he provides any kind of scoring/assist boost, playoffs are a definate possibility

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    The four teams ahead of them don't exactly strike fear in anyone's heart but DC has played two less matches than the Fire, San Jose and Sporting have played 1 less (and KC has a ton of home games). It's not impossible but they've got their work cut out.

  • I like several things about this signing. First, it is so obvious that the Fire coaching staff have been reading all of your comments and GR's write-ups because they went out and got the exact type of player just about everyone who posts comments on GR's blog has been asking for. Second, he is 30 years old, not 35, and will not be leaving any time soon. Last, if he can get the ball to the feet of our shooters: Chaves, Oduro, Pappa, Nazarit, Barroch...., it will be nice to see these guys take shots without having to create their own space every time. GR, was there any indication on what the line-up will look like with Grazzini in the CM role? I would like to see what Frank does.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Thanks Krasov, but I think they know what they're missing without reading it here. ;)

    It's also good that Grazzini is still relatively young at 30.....but not so good that he's hopped around from club to club for the last decade.

    I'm thinking Klopas plays him at the top of the diamond with Pause at the back but I'd be curious to see what a Grazzini/Paladini combo could do.

  • GR,

    Any idea when Banner, Kinney and Maric may come of injured reserve?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Banner and Kinney should be back for full practice near the middle/end of the month. Maric is running on the side and doing ballwork but not training yet.

  • So were the bonus games included in the season tickets package for show? I understand Manchester United is a big deal, but seriously? Even if we make the playoffs we'd probably be the visiting team the whole way through unless we some how shoot up to #2 in the East! Would we host the final of the USOC or is that dependant on who comes out of the LA-Seattle Game? I know last night was kick-ass, but this stuff really grinds my gears!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    The USOC final would go to the highest bidder to host the match. If it's Seattle I seriously doubt anybody could outbid them for the final. $$

    If the Fire make the playoffs the first round is a single game knockout with the higher seed hosting. If they advance to the second round they're guaranteed one home game in a 2 leg set.

    As for the bonus games....there will be another international friendly announced tomorrow but most of the hardcore fans don't really care about those IMO.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I liked the siter cities cup and superliga. Friendlies are just that and gives you chance to see some players you wouldn't normally see...IMAO

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Exactly! I would much rather see the open cupgames rather than see them play a meanless game against Partizan-Dinamo Moscow 1889!!! Or Club America. Just as bad.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    We're in agreement there but I can understand the reasoning behind meaningless international friendlies. They are good short term marketing tools that draw more attention from local media than a USOC game would. They also draw soccer fans into the stadium that wouldn't necessarily go to a Fire game.

  • Fire will announce an international friendly tomorrow and US Open Cup tickets go on sale Friday.

    My guess on the friendly is Chivas Guadalajara on September 3 at Toyota Park. There are also rumors floating about that it could be Club America.

  • Banner.. really? really? We're waiting for him to make an appearance and get knocked off the ball? He's luck he didn't get released and still getting a paycheck. Maybe they can send him to the PSLPro league after the game.

  • Orrin Schwarz is on point here........

  • Guillermo,
    Once Banner and Kinney are back to form from their injuries
    The Fire can hopefully work a two players for one deal with
    another MSL team. Just hoping.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    I wouldn't hold my breath for that.

  • glad to see the organization bring in fresh blood - at least they are sort of trying* - but until i see some positive results, consistently, i'm still leaning heavily towards the fire missing the playoffs. i know money spent doesn't mean wins, but him not being a DP doesn't make me think it's enough to make up for the fact that we have 2 wins at this point. if they bring in a 2nd player, a real difference maker, then i could see us having a shot...but i doubt all the other teams won't try to improve too. playoffs are a real long shot, i'm afraid.
    *I say sort of b/c I still think the Fire haven't put forth their best effort to be the best they could be this year. Still no DP's. They've signed some fairly good players, but they haven't taken on some big contracts/names that might have made them much better since the start of the season and now they are in a big hole. Who knows how much the sponsor issue has hurt the roster that Klopas was able to put together this year????

  • In reply to Drew:

    All very valid points Drew. Grazzini will have to perform like a DP if they're going to have a chance.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    it's frustrating to see teams like NY and LA stocked with "name" talent, and we sign nice enough players like Chaves, Nazarit and Grazzini, but they are't Beckham, Henry, Marquez, Bravo, Ferreira, Montero, Donovan, Frings, etc. (well, sure, I'll reserve judgment on Grazzini, maybe he'll be great) they just don't impact games that much, though you can start them and win with them, but you still need leaders and high end MLS talent. anyhow, i miss the recent days of the fire being proactive, signing players like blanco and freddie l. and the like. it doesn't always work out, but the hit rate is much higher than other random signings.

  • In reply to Drew:

    It works more often than not with the big names. I wouldn't necessarily call Ferreira or Montero big signings coming in but they've produced. I believe their thinking is sound in going after lesser named and talented players but they'll will have to sprinkle in a big dollar guy somewhere along the line. Doesn't necessarily have to be a big name but a big talent (which means big money)....they're not always one and the same.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    understood, i know names don't necessarily equate to talent...i think we are on the same page. and no, ferreira and montero weren't big names, my point was a little unclear...the point being no dp's is not a good thing. sign players for dp money that you think are worthy of it, and the chances of them being impact players are solid. we have lots of fine players, but do we have any impact players that can be dangerous each week? that's a big fat nope, and that's my point.

    thanks for listening, i feel better already. ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    Yep....sounds like we're on the same page.

    Fire Confidential as therapy is an amusing concept. ;)

  • Except for the fact that several of our mids swallow the ball and cannot connect a pass to our forwards or wings, the Fire have played fairly well under Frank (excludig Beckham's ridiculous corner). If Grazzini can fill that missing piece of getting ball from the middle third to the forward, we will start seeing goals. Blanco gave the Fire that ability because not only was his passing just phenominal but his vision was what was made him stand out. I would rather have our Argentinian any day before Beckham. That guy totally bugs especially since he spent half his time here trying to figure out how not to play here.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    The team has been better organized under Klopas but that center midfield issue has been a consistent problem. Blanco was a unique individual. People can say what they will about him (too old, too fat, too slow, too whiney, etc) but the guy produced from the first time he stepped on the pitch at Toyota Park. If Grazzini has anywhere near the vision that Blanco did the Fire will be a force. We'll see.......

  • I would love to know how the MLS disciplinary committee came to these enlightening conclusions........

    Chris Birchall has been suspended two games for that ridiculous tackle on Nyarko AND they have suspended Diego Chaves for one game for a tackle on Landon Donovan.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    those suspensions happened that way because the league hates us.

  • Is the fact that we're not bringing in any DPs essentially an admission that this is a rebuilding year and an indication that the FO isn't interested in making a serious playoff push?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Not necessarily. I don't think we should equate the lack of a DP to a lack of desire for a playoff run. I would hope that they realize that two consecutive years without a playoff appearance is something that will cost them more in terms of good will, marketing, and publicity than a DP would.

  • I am underwhelmed, I don't see his resume as an impact resume, and i doubt his money will be that high, at most i think maric money. I would have preferred maybe a younger guy who has been doing well.. from hot times research he was solid for his Argentinian club, and i think he is unlike a montero, soborio, fierra, etc who were young and when performed could keep them and graduate them into dp status.

  • In reply to lijien:

    Let's see how he does. We don't know much about him other than a few video clips and some stats. If Jeffries liked him enough to make him their top target at center mid there must be something there.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I'm kind of bummed out, hoping for a more recognized player, but if he doesn't turn out any better than Castillo, he cost a hell of a lot less money. Also, there is some danger by gaging a player by briefly looking at Wiki or Transfermarkt, look up Xavi and you're not going
    to find a lot of goals or assists, but he is recognized as probably the
    best CMF, on the field he is a concert director creating space and opportunities for other players.
    We'll have to wait and see and hope for the best.
    If he can hold on to the ball and open up the field we're ih great shape. The Fire are not that far from a playoff team

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    If he can get on the pitch for more than ten minutes and manage to stay onside he's already better than Castillo.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Nery Castilo is the Adam Dunn of MLS.

  • Waiting for a Blanco like infusion of goals from this move. Burn Fire Burn. I have been thinking of the move in terms of record and wins. But now I think that this move gives us a better shot at the Cup!

  • yet he moves as quickly as Ryan Dunn.

    what? too soon?

  • The lowdown on Grazzini from Mike Jeffries.........

  • Klopas says Grazzini could need some time to adjust......,0,5763533.story

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    needs time to adjust.....didn't see that one coming. any possible chance you may know how long the deal is for?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I don't have confirmation on the length of the deal but reports from Argentina are that it's a 1-1/2 year deal through 2012 season.

  • GR, Have there been any trade rumors circulating mls now that the Fire have signed Grazzini? Do you think that this is it for the roster this year?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I haven't heard any rumors about trades involving the Fire. And yes, from the sound of things I think the roster we see now is going to be it for 2011.

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