The Fire made it official today with the announcement that the club has signed former Mexican National Team forward Guillermo Franco. With the MLS roster freeze deadline approaching at midnight tonight the Fire probably needed to add some depth at the forward spot with only four strikers on the roster including homegrown player Kellen Gulley. Sherjill MacDonald, Chris Rolfe, and Dominic Oduro are the others.
Franco, who participated in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups becomes the 4th Fire player on the roster with experience on the world's biggest stage. Pavel Pardo, Arne Friedrich, and Alvaro Fernandez have also represented their countries in World Cup competition. It's not likely that Franco supplants Sherjill MacDonald as the starter up top but it doesn't hurt to have another veteran available on the bench as the club pushes toward the playoffs. Franco will likely make his debut in a reserve match against FC Dallas Tuesday morning at the Toyota Park practice field.