The transfer season is approaching and rumors are starting to circulate. The Fire are notoriously tight lipped about interest in players overseas but things should heat up after the first of the year. Here are a few stories to keep things going until news breaks regarding signings, new kits, sponsors, and the alleged release of the MLS schedule in January.
Pappa Expresses Euro Desire Again
Marco Pappa seems to be greasing the skids for his eventual exit in yet another article. While reflecting on his time in MLS he says, "Time goes by quickly, it's already been four years in Chicago where I arrived hopeful and ready to grow and I accomplished that. While I have one year left on my contract I think it's time to look to new horizons."
"I can't deny (my desire to play in Europe) and there are people working on that, playing in Europe, so we'll wait and see what our destiny holds. There are some options but without anything concrete I won't talk about them. Right now I have a contract with Chicago and that's my focus."
Pappa may not exactly have a foot out the door just yet but it seems he has a toe jammed firmly in the doorway.
Former Fire midfielder Ivan Guerrero has announced his retirement in Honduras stating that he's going to focus on family instead of football now at the age of 34. While he's apparently not interested in coaching (says he doesn't see himself in that role) he does leave the door open to possibly playing again outside of his home country.
Fire Interested in Former Barca Player?
This is the time for internet rumors. Here's one that claims the Fire are interested in former Barcelona midfielder Abraham Gonzalez. It's possible the club did have some contact with Gonzalez while Frank Klopas and Javier Leon were in Spain and he is a central midfielder, a position that Klopas is looking to strengthen.