Dilly Duka wished him luck this afternoon via twitter (the sentiment has since been removed) and a keen eyed supporter (@chow3) tweeted a link to this article out of Ecuador breaking the news that Juan Luis Anangonó was headed back to his native country on a one year loan.
Another one bites the dust.
The Fire will send their latest Designated Player bust off to the same club that took on Federico Puppo in January of 2013. Liga Deportiva Universitaria or LDU Quito has signed Anangonó on a one year loan that will likely end his stint in Chicago. Anangonó scored 4 goals in 28 appearances since signing with the club last July 23. The Fire shelled out a seven-figure transfer fee to acquire him last summer in a deal that occupied a DP slot and helped hamstring the new technical staff this season.
With Anangonó out and budget space cleared via the Chris Rolfe deal, Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss now have some wiggle room to add reinforcements when the secondary transfer window opens on July 8.
The relevant questions now are, will the additions be significant or will they be a repeat of the bargain attempts to fill the roster with "designated" players like Anangono, Puppo, and Sherjill MacDonald and will the mid summer moves still leave the Fire short of the playoffs again?
UPDATE: Official release lists the loan terms through the end of 2014.