Grazzini departing indefinitely

You can't write soap opera stories with this many strange turns.  Sebastian Grazzini told reporters present at training today that he was returning to Argentina to attend to personal matters.  His departure is indefinite and no return date has been established.  Grazzini also stated that he has no problem with the club but has to leave.


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  • And in keeping with their standard of operations, the team posts no announcement, no press release, nothing on their web site, and apparently has no thoughts on the matter. No surprises there.

  • Report out of Guatemala claims Pappa has a pre-contract agreement with Wigan. He will complete the 2012 season with the Fire and join Wigan in January.

    We'll know soon enough if that is indeed the club he's headed to.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So we let Grazzini walk and now we lose Potato for nothing? WOW...

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Last January probably would have been the time to move him if they were going to do it but they apparently didn't receive any offers worth making the deal. If he leaves in January and they've retained his rights it's not all bad.

  • Guess there is one open international slot for Mac Donald now...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Not exactly. Grazzini remains on the roster for the time being, so they'll have to free up the spot another way presumably. I believe as long as Grazzini is on the roster, he occupies a intl spot.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Even better! Who else is going? The blind are leading the blind.

    Anyone else's confidence soaring at present?

    At least Beckham is coming this weekend.....oh yeah......

  • Give Grazzini a break. A couple of months playing golf in Argentina and he'll be back at the end of the season scoring tons of goals AKA Tevez!

  • Why doesn't the Fire transfer or trade Grazzini?
    Why put up with the continuing drama unless his absence is a short duration. It won't do much for the Fire if he returns for last 6 weeks of the season. He'll have to go under fitness training again and work himself back into the lineup.
    Another player they should either loan out or drop is Corbin Bone.
    He hasn't played as well as had Peter Lowry and has played less games, but the team is paying 4 times as much($161k) as they paid Lowry when he was with the club. If he has any value he should be loaned out so he can develop as a player. It just doesn't make any sense to pay a bench warmer $161k per year. The F.O. really has their head up their ass.
    Orr Barouch also sholud be loaned out so the team can see what he can do instead of being on the bench, the Reserve league is such a joke, the reserves should play 20 games to stay in form and develop their skills, not 10 games sprinkled throughout the season.
    The only good news is that we'll probably have Pappa for the rest of the season.

  • Here's hoping that everything with Grazzini's family is ok and he comes back to Chitown soon to lead us to an MLS cup! Hang in there Grazzini, come back soon!

  • In reply to Drew:

    Let's hope everything is truly ok but I wouldn't hold my breath on a return.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So what you are saying that we went through nearly 2 weeks of drama to sign a player for X amount who is taking an international slot so he can return home indefinitely and who we would end up losing at the end of the season anyway and having a bench warmer making $161K and the team can't afford to pick up a top notch forward because finances are tight Amazing! Brilliant!
    That's killing 2 birds with one stone, paying a non playing player and losing an international slot to boot, all at once.
    No ordinary fool could come up with this,
    this takes supreme effort of historic proportions.
    Denny Dimwit couldn't come up with this.
    Just can't wait for their next move
    Maybe they can sign up another under achieving forward for added depth.

  • Well this should be a fun rest of the season. I'm glad Andy has invested in making this a successful club that can challenge for an MLS Cup as well as the US Open...........

  • Andrew Hauptman is to blame for the situation his team
    of clowns {Front Office Incompetent Staff} have created!!!
    We should all E- mail him direct and vent our frustration with him.
    Hauptman has to know that the Fans are FRUSTRATED with his
    Guys in charge with the dumb moves they have made.
    Puppo as a DP in his case it stands for "Disappointing Player."
    Now an under achiever forward with a mediocre track record.
    Klopas says he wants to strengthen the Team???
    He lets Grazzini go keeps Puppo and Robyo what a Joke!!

  • Well Kalou just signed with Killed so cross his name off the list. So Frank's list of options is down to just Macdonald?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    The window closes on July 27 so there's still some time to get something done. Klopas said there were 4 different forwards they were looking at. Cavenaghi and MacDonald are two of the four. Let's see what the next three weeks bring.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Hopefully something more positive than the past three weeks.
    They say they want an exciting winning team for the city
    and its fans. Then they do just the opposite of what they say.
    On the Fire website no news and or updates on Grazzini etc.
    The Fire organization Needs to Read Their Mission Statement
    again because they are not living up to it keeping Fans in the dark and not keeping them informed. From a Very Frustrated and Disappointed
    Chicago Fire- Fan!

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    There is a gulf between Cavenaghi's talent and MacDonald's.
    It's not comparing apples to apples but apples to lemons.
    MacDonald could be as talented as any forward the Fire have but short of Cavenaghi's. If the competition for Cavenaghi is between the Fire and a Chilean club, one would think the Fire could offer a very attractive financial package. I doubt that he would be offered huge European money based upon his previous tours there. I'm just curious about the other two names on the list, hopefully they would be in Cavenaghi's class

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I fear the other players in question will be the same caliber at those who have brought in recently. The Fire organization has become a revolving door of internationals who do not pan out or a place where promising domestic players come to languish on the bench as they will barely see a sniff of playing time.

    The ownership had made their position clear through their actions. The Fire are to be a mid table team. If they wanted to field a championship caliber team, they would have championship caliber coaches and front office staff, they would honor the mission statement organization wide.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    The Fire have a championship caliber team and coaches. Please stop this ridiculous overreacting.

  • In reply to iron81:

    So when do you honestly see the Fire winning their next trophy? And you can leave the Brimstone Cup out of it.

  • In reply to iron81:

    I should rephrase it, if you had $1million to put down on when the Fire would win their next trophy what year would you say?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I would bet the Fire win a major trophy in the next 3-4 years. Because "championship caliber" doesn't mean the best in the league. There is a lot of luck involved in winning a title in this league.

  • In reply to iron81:

    To me championship caliber means that you can contend for a championship. If you say it is championship caliber team right now they should be challenging for a trophy right this year. I don't think its luck to win a title, you just have to be consistently good to win a title. Name one lucky team that won the MLS Cup?

  • In reply to iron81:

    This team as it stands would not win the NASL title, let alone the MLS title. ( see first round of US Open Cup 2012)

    They have won more than last year, but that really does not say that much as the bar was pretty low last year.

    Klopas is in no way a championship caliber coach. He is the architect of this squad, a collection of underachieving imports he scouted as TD.

    If the fire are champions this year I will post an apology in capital letters for my lack of faith and never post again.

  • In reply to iron81:

    They've good a competitive team which can be pretty good. Championship caliber might be a stretch.

  • Transfermarkt has MacDonald on the Fire's roster and interestingly enough he and Robayo are rated as the most valuable on the team rated at 1,000,000 Euros, Grazzini was rated at 500,000 Euros easily surpassed by Rolfe with a value of 650,000 Euros.
    Pardo was rated at 800,000 Euros, Friedrich 650,000 Euros, Puppo
    at 600,000 Euros, and Oduro 250,000 Euros.
    Given MacDonald's rating apparently Transfermarkt has a bias towards European experience. Cavenaghi was rated at 950,000 Euros. What this means, who knows but apparenly Rolfe and MacDonald would be the team's strongest forwards

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Transfer market has a bias towards Euro players? You think? ;)

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    I am thinking that it is time to bring back Peter Wilt In some capacity. The level of talent when he was GM was always top notch.

  • In reply to William Tipping:

    For some reason the current ownership doesn't appear interested in reaching out to Wilt for a position in the organization.

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