Fire look to make moves before deadline

With the September 15 MLS roster freeze deadline quickly approaching all clubs have less than one week to add players that can be eligible for playoff competition.  Javier Leon said last week that the Fire was actively looking to add to the roster with the departure of Marco Pappa and it appears that one or two moves are in the works.

Colorado Rapids defender Luis Zapata tweeted yesterday that his teammate, midfielder Wells Thompson was on his way to Chicago.  Thompson, a former New England Revolution draftee requested a trade last week due to diminished playing time with the struggling Rapids.  The six year MLS veteran has apparently fallen out of favor with coach Oscar Pareja and several sources have confirmed that the player is indeed in Chicago and will join the Fire shortly.  The club currently has several players better than Thompson at the holding position and Logan Pause appears to be miraculously healed from the injury that he suffered several weeks ago so it seems that Thompson will find minutes hard to come by in Chicago as well.

The Fire currently have 26 rostered players (not counting loans) and have spots and cap/budget room available for Thompon and another player.  The second addition would likely occupy an international roster spot.  Feel free to speculate, although I don't think it's Didier Drogba.

Filed under: 2012 Regular Season

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  • Maybe we will flip Thompson to another team? We certainly have a lot of depth at his position (and that's a nice thing to be able to say). As you said, he would find playing time as hard (if not harder) to come by than the place he is leaving. If we are working to bring another player in, it could be they need a holding MF and we would flip him to that team. I just can't see this guy being the only move Frank makes before the deadline...

  • Agree. I see no sense in signing him. If he's complaining about playing time in Colorado, he's not going to see any more of it here.

  • Unless he is using the Chicago Fire as a stepping stone to the Uruguayan league.

  • In reply to jtrevolt:

    This made me laugh out loud....

  • Thanks to Rapids blog Burgundy Wave, we now have this.....!/photo.php?fbid=523277534353454&set=a.324704474210762.94432.299859783361898&type=3&theater

    A picture of Wells Thompson in the Fire locker room today.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I don't know... that nose and jawline look an awful lot like Alvaro Fernandez... a little hair dye, some colored contacts... NASA did stuff like this to convince people that astronauts "walked on the moon" when they were really on a soundstage in Roswell.

    OK, I'm convinced. But I don't see the logic behind it, unless Pause's injury situation is worse than we were aware of. I think Paladini's played much better while Pause was out than he did last season. Does this have something to do with where Pardo's going to be next year? Not unlike the Fernandez trade seemed to be when Pappa left? In other words, prepping for future needs?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    This also made me chuckle.

    It's a move for depth and they have spots open. Nothing more.

  • What do we have to do to get that consistent Goal Scorer that
    the team has been in dire need of these past TWO YEARS???

  • In reply to Juergen:

    A witch hunt or sacrifice a Puppo.

  • In reply to Juergen:


  • I can't stand Wells Thompson. I hope he never sees the field for the Fire.

  • The Wells Thompson deal is official. The Fire have acquired him in exchange for a conditional draft pick.......

  • The Fire also have a fairly well known international player in for a look. Stay tuned for more.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    A scar-eating-worthy international player?!?!?!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    definitely not

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Uh oh. That sounds like Bofo Bautista vibes coming from TP...

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    It's not Bautista, but it is a player you guys have mentioned before.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    what is this 20 questions? out with it man. ;)

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Hi Guillermo. Thanks for the hard work as always. Can you say if the player has experience in a major league (England, Spain,, Italy, Germany) and with his national team?

  • In reply to jestrada13:


    I'll have more info shortly.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I hope this fairly well known International Player is the Consistent
    Proven Goal Scorer a lot of us have been hoping for.
    Also hope he is not of retirement age and "Still has a Full Tank of Gas."

  • In reply to Juergen:

    They're not going to find that guy at this point in the season. The internationals available are older players looking to play another season or two, similar to what Seattle has in Gudjohnsen.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    ie- a South American Brian McBride. lol

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Marcus Tracy?

  • Per Anthony Zillis, Klopas is looking to use Thompson more on the left than he is at holding mid......

  • Thanks for keeping us so informed Guillermo! :-)

    Well is a decent and experienced MLS player with some size so that is good to have. While we all hope for a real game changer those are obviously harder to come by especially with this small window of players out of contract.

    I sure hope we keep plugging away down the final stretch here and make the playoffs something we missed the past 2 seasons. Once you are in the playoffs anything is possible and we could hopefully win it all! Sure has been a long drought that we did win the MLS Cup back in our 1st year of 1998!

    I just hope as many fans that we can get a high caliber designated player(s) like the Red Bulls and Galaxy as we are the 3rd biggest market behind them!

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