After acquiring midfielder Wells Thompson via trade yesterday the Fire are continuing to look at other options to bolster the roster down the stretch. While another trade for an impact player may be difficult to facilitate without tampering with the starting eleven it won't stop the club from pursuing players for depth at any position. That pursuit includes trial periods for players that are currently out of contract and looking for a home. Seattle has recently invited veteran forward Eidur Gudjohnsen into their camp for a look and the Fire are taking a glimpse at an international veteran of their own.
Argentine-born Mexican World Cup veteran striker Guillermo Franco is on trial with the club. Franco, who was last seen with Pachuca in Mexico has also played first division soccer in Argentina, Spain, and England. Rumors have been circulating regarding his interest in MLS for several months now with the Montreal Impact most recently mentioned as a suitor. The 35 year old striker reportedly is contemplating retirement if he doesn't land an MLS spot.
The Fire currently have 27 rostered players including Thompson so they are below the MLS roster limit (28 or 30 depending on how the cap/budget is allocated) and have budget room to add reinforcements. If no better options surface before the roster freeze deadline on September 15, Franco may be a decent addition off the bench if he can be had inexpensively. At this late point in the season contenders aren't going to find many clubs willing to help via trade so veteran bench strength isn't necessarily a bad thing when heading into the playoffs. The question is does Franco have anything left?