Guillermo Franco trials with the Fire

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?


Filed under: 2012 Regular Season

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  • Thompson to me is just filler and I'd rather see Pineda get minutes.
    Franco excelled in Spain but did nothing in England. He is better suited for the slower and more technical Mexican league then the run and gun hack a man MLS. At 35 I dont see him having the wheels to beat many MLS defenders.
    That said it would literally be better than nothing.
    He would have the soccer IQ to make runs off McDonald.

  • Well I questioned their possible moves before, why stop now? I guess he could be good as a sub.

  • On Oscar Guzman's radio show this morning, Javier Leon says the Fire are close to working out a deal with Franco. It could be more than just this year.

  • This is Javier Leons signing? Groan. I don't mind signing him for the rest of the season but a multiple yr deal is dumb. Chicago Fire....where over the hill Mex nationals go to be put out to pasture

  • You mean like Pavel Pardo and Blanco? Groan.

  • If he had Drogba-like gas left in the tank, I'd take him. Not confident that's the case just now.

    Bringing in Franco certainly means there will be an exodus of a certain Ghanian at the end of the season, though.

  • Yes exactly, both players where good yr 1 and just selling jerseys after that. Pardo for me is too slow and at his age we have better players for less money.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    That's just crazy talk.

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