Fire add Brazilian midfielder Alex

The Fire have signed 23 year old Brazilian midfielder Alex Monteiro De Lima.  The attacking midfielder, who goes simply by the name "Alex" appeared for the Fire in two preseason matches and impressed those who were in Florida and able to witness the matches against DC United and Real CD Espana.

"Alex is a special player that we're proud to add to our roster," said Frank Klopas.  "After having the opportunity to see him play for Wohlen last year, Alex joined us for part of preseason where he showed the ability to contribute to our club."

Alex comes to the club on a free transfer from Swiss second division side FC Wohlen and will be added to the roster once the summer transfer window opens on June 27.  Alex will occupy the eighth international spot on the roster.  The Fire are currently at the maximum number for internationals per MLS roster rules with this signing.

Filed under: 2012 Regular Season

Tags: Alex, Chicago Fire

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    Swiss League 2? Can't say I'm to excited, but hopefully he can contribute.

  • In reply to Freddy Coba:

    Numbers and club background aren't too exciting but I've heard good reports on him from just about every one who saw him in preseason. Youth is definitely a plus.....wait and see for me.

  • Is this signing insurance if Seb Grazzini cannot be resigned or continues to struggle with getting bounced off the ball? If Alex (seriously how many Brazilian soccer players go by Alex?) plays a playmaking midfielder which he did during pre-season, then maybe this is the writing on the wall. I'm not saying, I'm just thinking out loud.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    It's a legit theory.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Like most on here I was hoping for a proven
    Goal Scorer Forward not another midfielder.
    "I think we already have too many midfielders."
    Can't make Saturdays Game at Toyota Park
    do to a planned party before the Schedule was
    announced. This Crazy Chicago-Fire Fan plans
    his social life around the Life Fire Games.
    Was hoping to record and watch some of the
    game during the Party. I have the impression
    that the Game is on Chanel 447 on Dish Network
    which I pay Big Bucks for. Is this correct?
    Even Dish Network couldn't tell me what Chanel
    is NBC Nonstop.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Unfortunately, I don't believe NBC Nonstop is available on Dish Network. All games broadcast on NBC Nonstop are NOT subject to blackout on MLS Direct Kick so you can pick it up if you subscribe to that.

    There's nothing wrong with more depth at the attacking midfield spot if Alex can play...it adds insurance for Grazzini. The acquisition of Alex doesn't necessarily mean that they've stopped looking at other players like a big goal scorer. I don't think they're done....I would expect another move in July.

  • so no room for a legit international(insert name here) goal scoring threat now?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    i'm very biased as i am a huge fan, but i'd love to see Raul end up in Fire red. ives noted about a week ago that there's a solid chance he ends up in mls this summer. and to pre-emptively address his age, he currently sits on 14 goals and 8th in the bundesliga. he would immediately upgrade the forward or withdrawn forward slot for the immediate future.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Nothing appears to be official yet but most of the speculation about his next move seems to be centered around a signing in Qatar.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Seven of the eight spots are currently taken up by Pappa, Pardo, Puppo, Grazzini, Robayo, Tornaghi, and Friedrich. Once Alex is added he will be #8. It is still possible to release an international to make room for another one (would anybody really miss Puppo?) or they can trade for an international spot.

    Room can still be made.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Does it make sense to keep a backup keeper that is an international? Now with Johnson not going to the olympics, Tornaghi should be the first one out the door. He did well for us but that international spot is much more important than he is considering we traded for Jay Nolly in the off season.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I think they're possibly looking down the line with Tornaghi. If Johnson were to somehow receive an overseas offer this offseason they would be left with only Nolly if they cut Tornaghi. The guy can play so I don't have much problem with a back-up keeper taking up an international spot as long as the possibility exists that Puppo can be moved to make way for another interational. Tornaghi>Nolly

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    Can't say I'm too impressed with this signing as we definitely need another high impact player the magnitude of Rolfe, but 1/2 is not bad. My worry always comes back to Paladini and Pappa in the middle. We are always getting overrun by the other midfielders in this league, and there surely has to be a reason why... Pause and Pardo have been and will be worked hard to make sure our side of the field is secure until this gets addressed. Rolfe is a good start and can play a few different roles, but will Alex be the answer? Nyarko is decent, but he gets beat off the ball a lot. Better to remain a winger. Oduro to remain up top possible partnered with a versatile Rolfe. I just feel we already have that player, his name is Pappa, but dude doesn't know how to play on a team.

  • Two points about Pappa's callup to the Guatemala squad last night:

    - The Fire didn't have to make him available because it's not an international date, but they did.

    - The game is in Chile

    I don't think Pappa is starting Saturday.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Nothing concrete, but after talking to him today at practice, I think Paladini will be starting in place of Pappa Saturday. He's been working with first team all week, and the starters played "keep away" while the reserves played a small-sided game for the better part of an hour during practice.

    Which makes me *really* wonder how unimpressed with Robayo the coaching staff is.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Why would Guatemala play Paraguay in Chile?

  • In reply to iron81:

    Nope. Nope. Nope.

    Game vs. Paraguay was in Guatemala City. Not sure where the hell you got that one from...

  • ^ Should've mentioned there, Paladini was with the starters today, not the reservists in the small sided game.

  • In response to Guillermo's earlier comment.
    Your right most of us would not miss Puppo.
    We also would not miss Dube and Roboyo.
    With the trade or release of the above we
    have three new International openings.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Dube has a green card so he does not count as an international and doesn't take up one of the eight designated slots.

  • Why did we get rid of Chaves again? I thought the theory was to open an international slot, but we seem to have replaced a guy who was at least somewhat productive with a bunch of guys who are basically useless.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I think there were some budget concerns about the type of money (that counts against the cap) that would have been required in order to pick up his option. I think they would have liked him back if they felt the cap hit was worth his production.

  • why doesn't klopas give puppo or barouch a chance ahead of pappa?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Because that doesnt make any sense. Orr is a forward and so is Puppo. Pappa plays out wide in the midfield.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Yeah, but Nyarko can play midfield, so why not try playing him wide and giving one of those two a run? I'd imagine this is what will happen when Rolfe is fit.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Puppo is fine as a fill in player but he's a bit small/light and is easily dispossessed due to his style of play....we won't see much of him once Rolfe is fit. At this point I think Pappa is a better play than Barouch.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Also, the problem in the midfield (which is part of Pappa's biggest issue) is that our wingers play tucked in under the Klopas diamond. That's why Pause playing on the wing isn't a big issue, because he's not playing a typical winger role. But it's also the issue as to why Pappa often floats into Grazzini's space, and seems lost so much. Nyarko, if moved to the wing, will be more disciplined than Pappa, but he'll have similar issues with tucking in rather than spreading out the field, especially on the left side where Sega likes to overlap.

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