Fire Add Forward Federico Puppo

The Fire have signed Uruguayan striker Federico Puppo.  During the 2011 Apertura season with Danubio he scored twice in ten games.  Prior to that he scored 17 times in 57 matches with Atletico River Plate.  At only 5'-8", Puppo isn't the prototypical "target" forward that most observers felt the team needed to add but he is another young player (25 years old) with upside potential. 

Puppo is the seventh international player on the club's roster assuming that Diego Chaves will not return.  That leaves one international spot currently open. 

 

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  • I guess no DPs will be signed at the beginning of the season, unless Padro signs as DP. We shall we what the draft brings tomorrow...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    It's sounding like any possible DP signing would have to wait until the July window comes around.

  • So are the Potato to FC Twente or any other European club talks now dead? Has the club ever mentioned the possibility of signing Potato as a DP under the new MLS DP rules, ala Seattle Sounders with Freddie "theRapist" Montero? Not sure if Potato is hell-bent on moving to Europe but would he be open to stay if it were a DP role? I think Seattle are only paying Montero like $300-$500k.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    It doesn't sound like Pappa has the offers he's hoping for at the moment (at least according to Klopas). It wouldn't surprise me if he played out the year and then tried his luck overseas some where.

  • Hey Guillermo! Is Steve Kinney finally ready to go for Spring training? Haven't heard anything on his status in ages.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I'm sure there will be some waivers after spring training...

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Kinney should be ready to go.

  • Granted I need to wait til I see Puppo play, but I was really hoping for more of a splash (though I love the Uruguayan pipeline). His stature and stats don't really seem to me to be what we needed and what I was hoping for. I know, give the guy a chance.

    And I'm beyond disappointed that this team appears to be avoiding the DP from the beginning of the season for a 3rd year in a row. I'm really starting to become of Fire organization doubter and am feeling like they are the new Bears-like organization that stinks from the top down.

  • In reply to Drew:

    and no, i'm not typically negative and pessimistic about organizations in general. but i just don't like what this org has been doing in the past few years.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Two consecutive years without postseason play will do that

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    that's just a part of it, unfortunately

  • In reply to Drew:

    I was looking for a more accomplished finisher myself....maybe someone with a bit more experience and a proven track record. Granted, you're right - we still need to see Puppo in action but this move has the "wait and see" feel of the Chaves/Puerari signings of last season. Those guy weren't bad but when all was said and done they weren't huge impact players.

    Waiting until July to add the "big name" is something that I've had an issue with for the last few seasons myself.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    have you heard anything regarding a sponsor lately?

  • In reply to Drew:

    There aren't any sponosor in chicago to dish out anything over 1mil considering Fire have no one high profile on the team...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    wouldn't be surprised if we don't have a sponsor again for this season.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    true dat

  • In reply to Drew:

    There will be a sponsor this year.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    are you messing with us? or have you already seen the new jerseys?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    educated guess

  • In reply to penapirata:

    There may be a sponsor but we will have to wait until mid season while the paper work is being processed.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    waiting till july t add the "big name" is just the cheap way out. i can't stand it. if you have a hole to fill and need someone for the start of the season go out and buy the player so they can help right from the start. see what happened last year, they knew they needed a creative CM before the season started and when did they get one july. no more almost backing into the playoffs, i want to see the fire destroy everyone in their path.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    waiting to add the impact player has cost them me as a season ticket holder. i know it takes support to allow for a dp but in the fires case they better win to get that support

  • The US Soccer Federation announces big changes to the USOC format this year........

    http://thecup.us/ussf-announces-monumental-format-changes-to-2012-us-open-cup/

  • We've brought DPs in to the team in July only to see them struggle because it's midway thorough the Fire season and it takes time for players to adjust to a new league/country/etc. Meanwhile, it's difficult for that player to produce...fans and management get anxious, the player's confidence plummets, and it's all written off as a failure. Just not a good equation for success. I will admit that Grazzinni and Pardo both were great exceptions to this, but again, imagine if they had been there from Camp.

    I know the league's silly calendar makes international mid-season (now) trades very difficult, but it creates a bad situation for everyone.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    "I will admit that Grazzinni and Pardo both were great exceptions to this" - the players played well but the team missed the playoffs...so it was ultimately not a success for last year...which further strengthens your initial argument.

  • That's it then... I hope someone from the ticket office is reading this because this move just guarantees 6 less premiere season tickets from this fan (12 year Season Ticket Holder). Sad, just sad where this organization is headed. I was holding out from some "splash" signing, but... I second RedLine55's comment. Mid season signings bring mostly excuses.

    One international spot left... ball's in your court Fire Front Office, still want my $3,600.00, you gotta show me more. Make it worth it because right now it isn't and this is coming from a DIE-HARD Fire fan with great pain from last year.

  • In reply to FireRog:

    I think this team is a playoff club this year as constituted right now. That being said, just being a playoff contender shouldn't be the goal. We'll have to wait and see what kind of impact Puppo makes....I really like the Robayo signing and I'm a fan of targeting younger players in their 20's as reinforcements but they do have to step up and play with the big boys at some point. On and off the field.

    They should get some credit for at least attempting to add "splash" signings a few years ago (Ljungberg/Castillo) but continuing to wait until mid-season to make those moves just proves to be just too much of a hit or miss gamble.

    But then again....they should be fun to watch this season.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Thank You Guillermo for talking me from the ledge and I agree with your assessment... but are they worth my $3600 this year. In my opinion not yet, however, as a diehard I will support them no matter how they enter the season.

    I am however tired of my team being perceived as second rate "contenders" or as "they used to be a first rate organization", because even if this is 100% false and we have the best people working... someone, I don't know who I'm quoting (I'm sure someone smart out there will provide me with a name), once said that "there is no truth, only perception"...
    I know I'm feeling a little philosophical about my team, but I'm so tired of mediocrity, we used to be first class! Dammit .

  • In reply to FireRog:

    As a fan you should demand that.
    Nothing wrong with that!

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    the fire gets NO credit for signing castillo NONE he could not play a full half they should have known this when they waisted the money on him

  • In reply to Stephen Healy:

    He did provide some excellent soccer/tennis matches after practice. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    playoff contender? i would have to argue that point. based on the way we finished yes, but what happens when the other teams realize that the way to stop the fire is to employ the hack-a-grazzini strategy? what happens if grazzini gets injured and has to miss multiple games? what happens when we have multiple international call ups? whats plan "b" if plan "a" doesn't work? i'm still a little bit concerned that the roster is still a little thin and we do not have enough quality on the bench that can slide in and pick up the slack.

  • jurgen gives sean j a shootout on this soccer in america special. Hes doing good. Cool to hear that!

  • maybe grant wahl had the fire a bit high (11 of 19) in the MLS teams' ambition ranking

  • anything going on with a tv contract or even a radio contract? i don't think i have heard anything out of posada since the man u friendly.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    That's one of the questions I have for Posada if I can get a hold of him.

  • Guillermo I have been Patient, as has everyone else on this site with Posada who said after the M. U. Game he wanted to keep the momentum going, which he has not done but he let the "Fire Burn Out."
    I think the Fire "needs To Wave This Guy and Get Someone New" who
    actually knows what he is doing. It is obvious that Posada Is doing "Nada."
    Chavis has shown what he can do and provided some Flashes as a Good Player. I hope for all of us Puppo is not a disapointment. Looks like the Klopas Europe trip produced no Player results.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Hopefully the Euro trip this year ends up helping them in advancing the partnership with Atletico.

  • I can't see the Fire finishing any lower than 3rd. or 4th. in the
    Eastern Division, also don't see them finishing any higher.
    They made possibly the best selection they could have made in the first round of the draft. The Fire has made as many improvements as any team. Wouldn't be surprised to see some waivers for some familiar names, but not from the starting 11.
    The midfield is much deeper and talented than the start of last year.
    I agree the main missing item in challenging the top four teams
    is a finisher. Who knows, if Oduro improves as much this year as he did in the last half of last season, the team would be in great shape.
    Doubt they will find a quality forward in the draft, they already have several forwards that could break out, such as Orr and Puppo.
    The team should be one of the fastest in the league, and even if
    Pappa departs, the mid field with the addition of Robayo still would
    be good, who knows with Grazzini, Pause, Robayo, and Pardo,
    Pappa may be coming off the bench. While Pappa may be a creative scorer, generally his field play leaves something to be desired. We still have an international spot open, wouldn't be opposed to bringing back Conde, if the team can't locate a quality
    player for that spot.
    If you have followed my comments, I've highly negative regarding
    the team and its' administration. I'm still critical about the administration, but much more optimistic about this coming season than I have been in the past three years.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    My guess would be that Conde ends up at Millonarios. If he comes back to MLS I'd prefer the club look at trade opportunities since he would take up the current 8th and final international spot.

  • As a long distance fan(St. Louis), I may not have the credibility but I am not as upset as most people seem to be about the lack of a "big name". Admittedly the BN would make a splash off the field but the MLS experience with these guys on the field has been decidedly "iffy", Rafael and Thierry being two notable examples. I really like the idea of finding a diamond in the rough.
    Just to get everyone upset, I am also not concerned about Puppo's height, or lack. The need for the cliche "target man" is much over stated in my humble opinion. If your goal is to generally emphasize the long ball, then the "target man" is an obvious part but since the Fire has talked of emphasizing the "carry it out of the back, short passing game" I don't really see the need for a "Conor Casey".
    BTW -- is anyone planning on attending the Carolina Challenge?

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Short....long time no hear. Your location doesn't affect your credibility at all.

    I think a big forward is exactly what they're missing at the moment. Not so much for the prospect of hauling down long balls but for the ability to play with your back to the goal and hold up the ball enabling Oduro and Nyarko to make runs off the ball in dangerous areas. They don't have one forward right now who is particularly skilled at creating his own chances or one who can create some sort of a threat on corner kicks opportunities.

    That kind of player would just give them another option and the ability to play the game in different ways when teams drop their back line in an attempt to nullify the speed of Oduro and Nyarko.

    I'm not concerned with Puppo's height either....if you can play at 5'-8" or 6'-2" you can still play. At 5'-8" though you're not challenging any big center backs in the air and the club has been dismal on corner kicks.

  • Juan Agudelo could be available.

    http://www.socceramerica.com/article/45257/cooper-trade-could-trigger-agudelos-exit-from-new.html

  • In reply to Doug:

    If the Fire could pull that off it would be another gift from Hans Backe. First the USOC cup game and now this, it would be great. I seriously worry about that man's sanity if they were to unload Agudelo.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    It turns out NYRB is interested in Conde's rights. This might actually happen.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Very interesting. Saw a report earlier that Agudelo was headed on his way out of MLS though.

  • Guille! What's with this Pardo to the Galaxy rumors? Brought up a Guadalajara fan by my dad, I never thought I'd be saying this, but please don't let it be true!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Nevermind. Twitter freak-out. As we were...

  • well at least according to MLSsoccer.com

    Chicago Fire (8) – Chicago crushed this draft. Perry is a big, athletic central defender who some scouts say was MLS-ready last year. Put him next to Jalil Anibaba, and that’s a nice pairing. Then they added a versatile, smart attacker in Lucky Mkosana and a solid left back in Hunter Jumper. Can’t ask for much better.

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    An underrated draft thats for sure. I'm not sure JA is ready to leave MLS yet either. He hasn't even proven himself in MLS.

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