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