Fire sign Sherjill MacDonald - As a DP...Puppo loaned out

After weeks of speculation surrounding the acquisition of Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald the Fire officially announced the signing today.  MacDonald will begin training this morning but will not be officially added to the roster until an international spot is made available.  The Fire are currently at the league maximum of eight internationals.

All of this was expected.  The surprising part of the announcement is that MacDonald will be considered a Designated Player.  Reports from overseas have speculated that the Fire paid a transfer fee to Belgian Pro League side Beerschot AC for his services so it is possible that the fee qualifies him as DP in the same manner that Federico Puppo was designated as such.  Some of those reports also speculated that Beerschot was anxious to move MacDonald due to the salary burden his wages were placing on the club.

MacDonald scored 15 goals over 82 games in the last three seasons at Beerschot.

In the wake of news that New York has acquired Tim Cahill I'm sure this will spark some heated discussion.

UPDATE 3:00

To make room for MacDonald the Fire have loaned Federico Puppo to Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting Club.  Puppo will report to Defensor immediately.

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  • He may very well turn out to be good, but like you said the furstrating part is that other big market teams bring in DPs like Nesta, Miller, Di Valo, Cahill, Keane, etc. And our 2 DPs are Puppo and Macdonald.

  • In reply to KChance:

    He deserves a chance but his track record isn't exactly what you'd expect from someone labeled a DP. 9 clubs in 11 years as a professional isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of his ability.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    He certainly deserves a chance as does the signing. But my initial reaction is that the club has no idea what the DP slots are to be used for. Case A) Puppo. Case B) MacDonald????

    On the bright side, I love his first name. :)

  • We finally got our 15 goal scorer!

    Er, well, maybe not...

    Oh, wait, I've figured it out: "MacDonald joined English side Hereford United on loan from West Bromwich Albion in 2008, where he scored twice in his debut. In seven matches with Hereford United, MacDonald notched six goals."

    We're getting the HEREFORD UNITED Sherjill MacDonald, NOT the Beerschot or West Brom or Roeselare or Apeldoorn or Hamburg II or Anderlecht or Heracles or Ajax Sherjill MacDonald!

    Well, goodbye (fill in name of flop that will now vacate the international slot), it was good to know you!

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Well Hereford was a third level English team at the time.....so he's got that going for him I guess.

    They were relegated to fourth division in 2009 though.

  • I have no problem with signing MacDonald, but not as a DP.
    We already have one D.P. who does a wonderful job warming the bench. So now we're stuck with two D.P. international slots
    with journeyman players. This must be a new movie staring Petrei and Leon called Dumb and Dumber III. This makes no rational sense and the F.O. is the joke of the league. This makes Toronto's F.O. look like Einsteins. What a waste of an opportunity.
    Hopefully, they'll put him on top with Rolfe, that is if they clear a spot for him by the end of the season. So right now we have two international players signed but can't or are not playing (MacD &
    Grazzini) This is insane. The organization lacks any creditability
    and ability. What a bunch for morons.

  • Should have read bunch of morons, not bunch for morons.

  • Guys, c'mon. 74% of you said you wanted a striker. You've got your striker. U Mad Bro?!?

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Perhaps they should have shown greater clarity of language in their requests, the other 26% of us have been asking for a proven quality scorer with a high strike rate as a DP.

    Still, I welcome him and will give him a chance if the FO can fix the international slot issues at some point.

  • i'm at a loss for words, i think i may ask for a refund of the deposit i put down for season tickets.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Maybe they have another move up their sleeves. There are 4 days left until the window closes.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Well, they are definitely showing an international player the door. That's one move up their sleeves, but I'm not expecting anything else.

    Hey, it's Twofer Tuesday - maybe they bring in local hero Ronald MacDonald to provide comic relief off the bench!

  • what happens if they can't/don't free up an international spot for macdonald?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Then they will have to trade for an additional international spot.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Who on the current roster would be worth trading an international slot for? Maybe Johnson? At least you would not have an international occupying space on the bench...the plot doth thicken. Will we be pleasantly surprised by weeks end?

    Maybe we can get Gordon Ramsey to come in and get to the bottom of what is wrong with the FO. Would make some great television! Take the advertising revenue and buy some more TV time for matches?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    That's a program I would watch on pay per view.

  • Well, plenty of players they can choose from there. Of course, they wouldn't want to do that, with all the quality we've got....

  • According to Rafael Robayo via twitter - He has not received an offer from Millonarios as has been reported. He is waiting on a decision from their end but he would like to go back to Colombia.

    Robayo was at training this morning.

  • Jeff Crandall's article on MacDonald's has an interesting tidbit.....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2012/07/first-training-session-done-sherjill-macdonald-reacts-fire-signing

    An international spot is expected to open up some time today.

  • I'll post this for the sheer humor of it......

    http://www.intereconomia.com/noticias-/punto-pelota/mourinho-sugiere-kaka-irse-estados-unidos-20120723

    This claims that the Fire are interested in Kaka. I'm sure the interest is similar to the interest shown in Drogba.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Did this person play a season mode on FIFA 2013 that made this transfer fee? Pinch me when this becomes a reality. While at it, I would like to see Messi with the Men in Red.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I have a new rule. The Fire cant sign anyone that isn't on the most recent Fifa game.

  • Time to say adios to Carlos Federico Puppo Gross.

    Sorry, could not resist...

  • replace one unknown DP with another unknown DP, what else could happen this week? hopefully this DP is worth it otherwise the scouting department is pretty bad.

  • Defensor Sporting is the current club of Gaston Puerari.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    i guess i have a uruguayan team to root for now :)

  • What sense does it make to have Grazzini under contract and not
    playing, is there some forlorn hope that he'll return?
    He's taking an international spot and costing the team money, also, I assume that Robayo will be with us for the rest of the season.
    Of the two, I'm glad they moved Puppo, hope he does well with his new team. We can't always blame the player for not working out,
    sometimes it's poor management of team executives.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I think the hope is that Grazzini can be moved to a team in Argentina. If Robayo is here for the rest of the season I would think he can be useful. Puppo on the other hand was not going to contribute.

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    I know he's got a spotty injury record, but Michael Owen is still available.

  • In reply to waam:

    Not an option, unless he's willing to come here for under $200K and a 6 month deal I suspect.

  • F&$; ya!!! McDonald !!! The Red Bulls and Galaxy have nothing on us!! It's about time they both have 3 real DPs and now we have 1. Barring a big signing this team will not qualify for playoffs. The whole finding a gem in south America idea is a good one...if you have an eye for talent which whoever brought in Puppo Chaves Peurari etc does not posses. So either the fire are content with bringing mediocre talrent or should be firing a talent evaluator soon.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    In 2007, then West Brom Albion manager Tony Mowbray described Sherjill MacDonald as a "special talent." Can't wait to see this special talent. ;)

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That special talent managed to score a total of zero goals in 23 games at West Brom over two seasons.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Could he have meant that MacDonald has the same "special talent" as Chad Barrett? Or, Oduro in his first games of 2011 with Houston? That incanny ability to pop a ball over or around an open goal from ridiculously short range?

    I don't know because I haven't seen MacDonald at all, but let's hope he does not have that particular skill.

  • While the Fire are basking in the glory of their big DP signing today, a forward with a proven track record with established clubs in good leagues is on the verge of signing with Valencia in Spain.

    http://www.goal.com/es/news/21/fichajes/2012/07/24/3263433/fernando-cavenaghi-puede-ser-el-nuevo-nueve-del-valencia-afirman-

    Fernando Cavenaghi was one of the targets identified by the Fire during this transfer window. Club officials went as far as travelling to Argentina last month to speak with Cavenaghi but it seems that the enticement was not substantial enough to merit serious consideration from a player who scored 19 goals last season. Cavenaghi is 28 years old.

    Instead it seems they've managed to sign 27 year old Sherjill MacDonald, who had one of the best seasons of his career last season with 7 goals.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Cavenaghi would have been great, but I seriously doubt that the Fire could compete with Valencia's finances (it's not a rich club, by any means, but the Fire probably would have had to pay big just to even be in contention), Champions League spot, and general allure of playing in Europe. Hard to blame the FO on that one, especially if they tried.

  • In reply to Mateu:

    Who wouldn't want to play in La Liga if given a chance,
    Valencia is a beautiful city with a population that appreciates
    attractive soccer, not like Chicago where there are far less fans that follow the sport.
    It would take a boatload of money to overcome that, though I believe this would be Cavenaghi's second tour in Europe,
    he didn't exactly light any fires during his first tour.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Cavenaghi had a decent run while at Bordeaux netting 46 goals in 105 games, according to Chicago Fire standards'
    this is amazing.

  • In reply to Mateu:

    The Valencia offer just came up yesterday. A teammate at River who now shares the same agent is returning there and seems to want to take him with. Before that he was being heavily courted in Argentina (San Lorenzo and Velez). Wigan was also reportedly interested.

    If a top choice was targeted and he was thought about highly enough to warrant a mass recruiting trip, then why not go down there and make an offer that he would find very difficult to turn down. I suspect that would have required Keane money. A source in Argentina says the initial offer wasn't enough to compete with his other offers.

  • Well, at least we're getting rid of some dead wood. Deader than Robayo at least.

    If SM can put in one goal, he'll be ahead of Puppo, who according to the Fire's website managed just one assist. That's our DP crew.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    thats not our DP crew responsible for that, its the talent evaluators that should take the blame.

  • frustrated that NY steals yet another big BPL name while the Fire get a hopeful maybe

    i know these guys with names come with big price tags, but seriously NY and LA can afford all those while the Fire don't seem to be able to afford one?

  • the worst part of this signing to me is that frank said "Sherjill is a goal scorer.......". that bothers me because apparently according to his stats HE IS NOT A GOAL SCORER because he doesn't score goals on a consistent basis. i mean pappa has more goals over the past 3 seasons than macdonald, why not put pappa up top because if you use franks logic he is also a goal scorer. i just don't get it. this guy has proven over the course of his career that he hasn't lived up to expectations. to me also 5 games in the EPL doesn't count as EPL experience. what direction is the club going in? we may have yet another rebuilding season in 2013 and 2014 if management doesn't get their act together. over the course of the last week i have heard fellow 98ers say that it is getting tougher to justify spending the money on season tickets when the FO doesn't show any improvement on the field. the past few games have been tough to watch and i don't care what team you are, you aren't going to be winning any silverware if you can't score goals. i hope to god this transfer was worth it because if he doesn't pan out like puppo than that would be 2 players that the FO has waste money on transfers for.

  • Perhaps our best (only?) hope is that ancient rumor that fiddling at the command level is good for the Fire.

  • The Fire have added another international friendly to the schedule. They will host Santos Laguna on September 8.

  • So Guillermo, does it look like that's it for the transfer window (deadline is the 27th, right)? Any rumblings of last-minute action?

    *sigh*

    You know, last season I got excited for our new signings, but this season I have been nonplussed, with the exception of Friedrich and Pardo who are the real deal (Grazzini is too, but I didn't know it at the time - but how could I after Puerari and Chaves?). We've gotten more out of the draft recently (Berry, Anibaba, Johnson - note all backline players) than we have from most of our international dealings. Not to mention Segares, Rolfe, Nyarko, and (for a while) Kinney.

    The college players are a bit harder to hype because they don't have exotic origins behind them (OK, if we go back a bit Anibaba's Nigerian and Johnson's Jamaican, but they're coming from US schools). As far as MLS transfers, we've gotten more out of Oduro and Gargan than any of the foreign transfers (except Friedrich and Grazzini).

    Am I excited for MacDonald? No, not really. I'm satisfied that Puppo is gone, but it's like having a headache go away. It doesn't mean you feel good, it just reminds you momentarily what the absence of pain is like.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    It doesn't sound like any other additions are coming but there are two and a half days left to make moves.

  • "I'm satisfied that Puppo is gone, but it's like having a headache go away. It doesn't mean you feel good, it just reminds you momentarily what the absence of pain is like."

    Spot. On.

  • Carl Worswick ‏@cworswick
    Millos president Felipe Gaitán has confirmed Rafael Robayo's return. Delight for Millonarios, relief for Chicago Fire, I'd imagine.

    me: any idea if it is soon or after current mls season?

    Carl Worswick ‏@cworswick
    @ChanceKev He's set to fly to Colombia this weekend and will make his debut for Millos the following week.

    Another INT spot open, maybe we will get KAKA. lol

  • In reply to KChance:

    I said on twitter yesterday that I would eat a fifteenth anniversary scarf if the Fire signed Kaka. The offer still stands. ;)

  • In a rational world, one would think that they wouldn't free up another international spot unless they planned on bringing in another player before the deadline.

    In a rational world, one would think that.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Indeed.....in a rational world.....

  • ADD me to your scarf buffet please...
    for once I'd like us to be the talk of the league instead of people trying to make sense of our moves. Thanks FO.

  • Well Ives just reported that NYRB tried to get KAKA and didnt work . With NYRB throwing real money around and not getting him, the Fire def dont have a shot with their penny pincher method.

  • According to the Millonarios official website, they have reached an agreement with the Fire to reacquire Rafael Robayo.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Does this mean Robayo will leave right away, freeing up another
    International spot for the Fire to hopefully make a move before 07/27?
    What's the deal with Grazzini still on the Roster although he wont be
    back! Why not release the man and create another spot and save
    some face!

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Imagine what would happen if he was just outright released and another MLS club signed him. Think there might be some explaining to do?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If the Fire are worried about some other MLS Team picking him
    up why not bring him back then? He proved himself here and
    even Klopas said he is an important part of the offense.
    I don't mean to bore anyone here with saying the same things
    over again. The offense has been NONEXISTENT since he left.
    Obviously us on this Site see it why doesn't the Fire Management?

  • Because Grazzini's still under contract. They're already creating a spot w/ Robayo returning to Colombia. Reportedly, Robayo is flying out this weekend to return to his team, leaving this un-challenging league he couldn't get a starting spot in far behind.

  • That makes 5 out of 6 South Americans brought in to bolster the roster gone in less than one full season. If Alex does not return there is potential for 6 out of 6. Not a very promising track record. Glad they are trying but it is clear the scouts are doing less than an adequate job. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this less than stellar record of talent acquisition, I am having difficulty choosing. As there is nothing else on the horizon in the transfer window, let's all share an adjective in languages we can speak outside of English. I will start in German. Pferdescheiße

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Sorry referring to the past 2 seasons, though there is a pattern that stretches longer.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    For those of you who don't speak German Pferdescheize means
    Horse Shit. I was born in Germany and as soon as I could walk I was
    given a Soccer Ball to kick so I have been around the Game all my
    life just never good enough to make the Pros. To me it doesn't matter
    were we get players from. With Pardo we have a Mexican connection
    and with Arnie a German why not tap into this resource? Our under 20
    Team just won the National Championship another available resource.
    The Chicago Sting {Der Sting} won the Soccer Bowl a long time ago and they were a blend of American, German, Scottish etc. players and
    got the large ethic community involved. They did not have the High Profile Players the Cosmos had but were able to beat them when
    it counted the most.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Arne is less than pleased with the organization. Unless something drastic changes, he won't be back. *IF* the Fire tried to use him as leverage to bring in another player(s), they likely wouldn't get far, since I doubt Arne's going to bring anyone into a situation he himself is getting ready to leave.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    What is the issue with Arne and the organization? First time hearing this?

  • In reply to KChance:

    Sources have indicated that he's not pleased with the technical staff. There's no standing or ongoing specific 'issue', but if I were to speculate, I'd say he probably shares some of the fans concerns over the decision-making and direction the club has taken in recent weeks.

    It's not entirely new that he won't be back, though. Remember when he came here he always indicated that his stay in Chicago would be short, many times saying this season only. I think the way the season has transpired has probably just solidified that notion.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Yea I remeber him saying that this would probably be only year here, but I didnt know that he wasnt pleased with his time here or things of that nature.

    If anything teams in the MLS more specifically the FIRE need to go above and beyond the call for players like Arne. So that they can reccommend the experience and league to other players considering a move here. Not good.

  • In reply to KChance:

    Agreed. And of course, Arne being the professional he is, isn't going to badmouth the club publically. Guy's been around pro soccer far too long to start a pissing match in a temporary home. He'll play his hardest while he's here, then take his next step.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Jeff thank you, for the response I was not aware that Arne is less than pleased, that would suggest how most of us feel about the
    Fire Management or should I say MISMANGEMENT .
    As Soccer Favorable as Chicagoland is, one would think that
    Hauptman who says in public that he stands behind the Fire
    Mission statement would take a greater interest in what is happening with those he put in charge because they are Not
    Building the Team and Fan Base but rather Distroying it.
    As said by a number of us here Bring Peter Wilt back PLEASE!

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    Graz comes back, and the front office will say something like, "Having Sebastian back is like a new signing!!!"

  • Per MLSsoccer.com's Anthony Zillis, Klopas said after training this morning that there was nothing new to report on either Robayo or Grazzini.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    "Nothing to report" does not equal "no news". :)

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    No news is bad news

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Agree, I just think Frank is playing coy a bit. I personally fully expect them to announce something re: Robayo on the transfer deadline day that's already in place. So while there might be "nothing to report" this minute, there certainly could be rumblings.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Just a matter of time before Robayo is back at Millonarios....this can't drag on too much longer.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Agreed. Just a matter of time.

  • Evidently, things are not going well on the reservation.
    The thing about Arne is very disturbing, the way things have been
    going lately, particularly in the past month, if I was a foreign player, I'd have reservations about signing with the fire. This has to hurt international recruiting, the only one's willing to sign with the Fire,
    would be one's who have no other options.
    A little over a month ago we were advocating for addition of a top flight striker as the final touch.
    Looking at next year, in order to be competitive, we'll still need a quality striker, as many as three midfielders (Pappa leaving) of decent ability, and an experienced defender. Gibbs and Kinney are still question marks due to previous injuries.
    Guess what another rebuilding year.
    Although I'd like to see Wilt back, it won't happen with the current administration and I doubt if they would bring in a Wynalda type,
    who they couldn't easily control, although he would bring some "pop" to the F.O.

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    It would seem we have no Haup.

  • Here's a question for everyone....

    Would you be happy with solely adding Sherjill MacDonald in this transfer window if Sebastian Grazzini returns?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Still on the fence about MacDonald because of being unproven, but other than that......yes.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    no. i have little to no faith in the technical team's ability to identify international striker talent, or really international talent in general. Grazzini was really the only one who turned out useful so far. Maybe we should trade more, oduro and gargan seemed to work out much better.

  • Maybe I should rephrase the question. Jeff put it better on the twitter.....

    If getting rid of Puppo and Robayo equals a return of Grazzini and MacDonald is the only addition, is this a succesful transfer period?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    No. Getting rid of a poor performer, and a poor attitude is nice, but the 2 losses are replaced with an unknown with an average at best scoring record, and a return of a guy under contract who should have never left in the first place.. all of it spells poor management to me.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If what you say actually happens I would not say it was a successful transfer period. It just was not a total wasted opportunity in view of
    what other MLS Clubs have done to better themselves.
    Grazzin while here, proved himself to be the Spark Plug of the Team.
    When he returned to Argentina our Offense became NONEXISTANT.
    We haven't seen what MacDonald can do in real game situations yet.
    His Resume as a Proven Consistent Goal Scorer is not good.
    Alex is not a Sebastian Grazzini type even when his Rythm improves.
    Alex is more useful to the team than Robayo is or was and has a lot
    of potential. Whether he will ever be that Attacking Good Midfielder
    remains to be seen. I want the Fire to succeed and win the MLS Cup.
    I just dont see that happening anytime soon.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If we get Grazzini back I would view it as being partially successful, but the team shouldn't have been placed in the situation it found itself in the first place. Alex appears to be somewhat more dynamic than Robayo and in all probability MacDonald is much superior than Puppo, viewed in that light, while not a full thumbs up, is a hell of a lot better than having Puppo and Robayo with no Grazzini.
    Hopefully, we'll see MacDonald starting very soon, he may be more multidimensional than Oduro. I'd like to see how Rolfe/MacDonald would work out on top, with Oduro coming of the bench. Still the transfer period is somewhat disappointing when viewed against the improvements other teams are making

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    no, because grazzini is not officially a new player. he is still under contract and should be here. these "family issues" sound just like mikulic's "family issues" and look he was a servicable young center back that should have been back this year. bringing in macdonald is not a success because he has time to prove himself and he couldn't do it at any level. i just don't see how this is an improvement. getting rid of puppo and robayo was eventually going to happen anyway. so i don't see how leon and petrei made the team better and how they gave klopas pieces that he could use not to just make the playoffs but contend for the mls cup. because after all shouldn't the goal of any franchise be to win the mls cup and not just make the playoffs...............................oh wait a second, didn't frank say that their goal was to just make the playoffs? at my work we call that "setting the bar lower so its easier to achieve your goals". and people don't realie that by the start of 2014 season we may only have 2 maybe 3 midfielders left on the team that started the 2012 season with the team? yeah 2013 seems like another rebuilding year but 2014 might turn into a rebuilding year as well. and where are all these players that want to play here that frank has said there are? why aren't they just lined up outside of toyota park begging for a contract. its really tough to hear these things and the next thing you know all we get is a guy that in frank's words is "a goal scorer" but has only scored 15 goals over the past 3 seasons. i ask this GR what is the direction of the club? is it to be as cheap as possible, only buy unknown commodities, and only have the goal of barely making the playoffs? or is it to actually build a club, invest in the on field product, and compete for silverware year after year like how it was before the hauptman era?

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    No. As my enthusiasm of late confirms.

  • According to HTIOT, Dutch midfielder Nijholt training with the club.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCGQwtF60lY

  • Probably an somewhat improved model of Alex, but seemingly
    not a game changer, would be a typical Fire bargain buy.
    The only upside is he has played Dutch style soccer,
    but I don't know how that would fit in with the Fire's no-attack
    offense

  • Replying to Guillermo's question from the office where I can't hit the "reply" button without crashing my browser....

    If we still had Grazzini, I would be willing to accept those circumstances. I wouldn't, however, call that a successful transfer window. But there ARE a lot of clubs doing less (aside from a few notable clubs doing a LOT more!).

    At this point, I'm far more alarmed by the continued status quo in the office, those who are responsible for this steady stream of mishandled personnel moves and poor talent evaluation/acquisition. The fact that there have been no announced firings can only be seen as affirmation that the goals of this organization are being met. That they are nothing more or less than to be profitable. If that happens to produce success on the field, I'm sure they will be happy because that will increase profits, but they clearly have no intention of establishing team success as an organizational goal.

    Oh yes, they write it everywhere. They speak the mantra. What is it? Tradition, Honor, Passion? Something like that. But, of course, on the business side of this they understand that's just part of doing business with the stupid fans who will finance this operation. So, being far superior beings to us mere "sports fans," they understand that it's really all about the profits.

    As long as somebody buys enough tickets and merchandise and the team personnel doesn't cost them too dearly, this ownership will call it another winning season, pass out the bonuses, and release the next year's season ticket package. That's not going to become any clearer than it already is.

    This reality has been recognized and discussed for some time now quite openly. Other than the obviously meaningless BS from Hauptmann several months back when we first began to express this concern there has been NO RESPONSE. So quite obviously we are right.

    The ostrich has it's head in the sand. The emporer has no clothes. And any remaining Fire fans are either fools or don't care and accept it for what it is. But this former lover has left. I spent way too many years of my life watching the Cubs. I feel I've earned the right to walk away from an insincere enterprise.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    I guess im a fool then. Did the FO have "poor talent evaluation/acquisition" skills when they signed Pappa, Pardo, Grazzini, Friedrich? When they made trades for Oduro and Gargan? Drafted Anibaba, Berry, Johnson? They brought back Segares and Rolfe to this team also. They have made mistakes but so has every team in the world. This is our best season in awhile but still the team is awful and cant do anything. Im pretty sure that high profile players would rather be in New York or LA. There is nothing that the FO can do about that. Everyone wants to sign that high profile player in MLS. We sign Macdonald and he is already labeled as awful even though he has never played for us. We are doomed.

    If we get Grazzini back that is a bright spot for us. We need an attacking midfielder that can "pull the strings" for the offense. He can do that for us. Im pretty sure we needed an attacking midfielder and a forward that can play with his back to the goal. But now that we might just get that, those players arent good enough because they arent Zlatan and Kaka.

  • Here's more on Nijholt from HTIOT. His agent says the club wants him but he has to work out contract terms with Petrei.......

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2012/7/26/3188685/nijholts-agent-says-fire-working-on-deal-for-dutch-midfielder

  • so we'll pick up another unknown commodity who has 55 first team appearances in the dutch first and second divsions since the start of the 2007-2008 season? makes sense trying another puppo. who knows though, i still wonder if andrew was telling the truth about spending #keanemoney.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    This one is intriguing. Young, has had some success in the second division, and probably inexpensive. There's nothing wrong with trying players that fit that description as long as long as you've got some impact players that will make a difference. The Keanemoney comment will haunt them until they actually show that they're willing to spend it again by signing a player at that level, not just by "trying" to sign someone of that quality.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    At least he's playing in the Eredivisie. But as a league that's known for blooding young talent, you have to wonder why he's keen on departing.

    Could be good like Tornaghi (who everyone, myself included, seems to forget about in the international scouting discussion), but the Italian league is known for clinging to older players based on their seniority, which must be particularly acute for keepers (Dino Zoff, anyone?).

  • In reply to Modibo:

    YouTube highlight packages can be deceiving but I like what I see in this one. Mobile center mid who can pass, handle corners, and isn't afraid to make a tackle. Tough to really tell without seeming him play full matches though.

  • I f we're really lucky we can sign as a DP, at least he's an improvement for Puppo, but who wouldn't be.

  • I have a strange feeling about MacDonald, I actually think he will work out. He seems to be very happy to be here; that's a huge plus. He also seems to have some size and in a league that allows alot of contact and physical play that's important. We still need a legit CAM so unless Grazzini comes back expect to suck something fierce.

    I actually think if we had both Puppo and Kaka we'd be the $h*t

  • In reply to john:

    I would be shock if MacDonald scores more than 3 goals a season. I don't expect high hopes for MacDonald setting MLS on fire.

  • ^ I see what you did there. lol

    Not sure what to make of MacDonald, still, but I'll agree that him being eager to play and seemingly enjoying coming to Chicago are both definite pluses.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Deserves a shot to make a name for himself but the DP tag certainly raises expectations.

  • I think the fears that he's a bust are justified. We've had many "promising" strikers the last few years who've fallen on their faces. And we haven't had a legit DP signing since Blanco. Freddie was ok, but he probably would've benefited more from being under someone other than CDLC.

    Justified fears, but all Fire fans should shelf the negativity about him now and fully give him their support. I don't think any of us want to see him fail, obviously. At least I'd hope so.

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    Not so much anymore. DP tag doesn't mean much to me anymore with what they are signing in its place.

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