Fire add Romanian international Razvan Cocis

Frank Yallop has added some support to his midfield with the signing of 31 year old Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis. While this acquisition won't excite the masses or give the Fire a marketable name, Cocis is a veteran who last played in the Ukranian Premier League with Russia's Lokomotiv Moscow featuring as the biggest club on his résumé.

Described as a two-way central midfielder who can aid in the attack, Cocis has also played on the right side of midfield. Although his goal scoring numbers aren't big, he has been capped 50 times by the Romanian National Team.

Yallop has talked about finding the right balance in central midfield and had alluded to reinforcements at the position. Jeff Larentowicz is sure to remain a fixture in the starting eleven but it seems the technical staffs rates Cocis as a viable option in lieu of Chris Ritter, Logan Pause, or Alex as Larentowicz's central partner.

Cocis apparently looked to leave the Ukraine due to the unsettled political climate in the country and negotiated a release of his contract with former club FC Hoverla Uzhhorod. According to this, he was looking for a more tranquil home for his family where he could continue his football career.


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  • Seems most likely to replace Alex in the starting 11 based on the information available. Pity no where on the internet seems to record assists.

    Not an completely unimpressive signing (50 caps for Romania is relatively impressive), but a bit question for me unless there are more moves coming in the midfield. Especially given the Fire's big needs.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    I'd consider central midfield as a big Fire need. They had a lot of meh players give it a whirl w/no positive and consistent impact. They are consistently worked over by the opposing team nearly every game. Of course I think we both agree we could use an big upgrade on defense, and we could always use an elite striker.

    I'm happy with the signing without knowing much about him. I agree Tomaz, the 50 caps is nice.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Yeah, coming back to it I see your point about cmid being a big need. I was more just surprised given the amount of cmids/utility mids on the roster already (Alex, Ritter, Pause, Joya, Watson, Larentowicz). I can't imagine that all of them stay on much longer, even if Yallop is switching to a narrow midfield (which is yet to be seen), hence my comment about more moves in midfield coming.

    And I was thinking CB and FW as the major areas that needed to be improved.

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    In reply to TomazPP:

    He might replace Alex in the *starting* 11, but I think Alex will be sticking around as a regular rotation player. I actually think Duka might get moved out during this window, since Alex has been getting a lot more minutes and is on a lower salary. Plus he's more versatile, playing centrally and on the wings.

  • My guess at his nickname on the Fire will be "The Rockin Romanian"! For his goal celebration he plays air guitar.

  • In reply to mintyfresh315:

    Does he play air guitar to "Cochise" by Audioslave?

    Because...the last name...nevermind...

  • Sorry, I've been so disappointed with DPs the fire sign that I'm down to coming up with nicknames for them.

  • In reply to mintyfresh315:

    Cocis isn't a DP at least.

  • A signing like this always needs a reminder attached that Grazzini didn't come to Chicago with overwhelming stats either. Like we talked about on FC Live yesterday, it's going to be a matter of staying power if he is an impactful signing for the club.

    Could definitely see Alex and Duka jettisoned in lieu of Yallop utilizing Shipp, Joya, Nyarko and Watson in midfield along w/ Red. Seems to be his go-to guys moving forward. With Alex at a guaranteed salary of $134k, and Duka at guaranteed $190k, that'd be a sizeable chunk of cap space opened if they could part with one or both.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Many outside analysts were very high on Duka comin into the season and predicted hd would be the Fire's breakout player.

    I wonder what went wrong?

  • In reply to MisterH:

    He got hurt after some pretty so-so performances and then Harry Shipp took his spot. I think he sees the writing on the wall. He's not going to get much time with Shipp and Nyarko on the wings.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    A signing like this also needs a reminder that Puppo didn't come to Chicago with overwhelming stats, neither did Anangono or MacDonald or Castillo.

  • I thought Klopas was gone. Frank Yallop is the duplicate of him if not worse. What is happening to the good players? This guy is getting on my last nerves. The Fire aren't going anywhere with this kind of mentality.

  • In reply to klopashater:

    Maybe you should change your handle to Frankhater. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I think Frank Yallop didn't pick an easy job. Perhaps we need to be more patient, but its hard to separate being patient from the coach and being patient with the club.

  • In reply to waamsy:

    Patient, yes. I'll say it till I'm tar and feathered: expect nothing (this year,) and celebrate every good thing that does happen. Lightens the stress load and makes the positives that much more fun. [braces for tar and feathering in 3...2...1...]

  • Sean Johnson and Lovel Palmer have been named to MLS' team of the week.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    A slight to Jeff Larentowicz, if only by exclusion IMO.

    Good on Palmer and Johnson. I think even Baky could've deserved a nod for Saturday's performance.

  • From the press release on Cocis, first this:
    "The Slatina, Romania native’s career included additional stops in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Russia before he joined Hoverla in 2013 where the central midfielder scored three goals in 19 appearances"

    then this:
    "With six assists to his credit, Cociș scored two goals for his country including the lone goal in Romania’s 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands in UEFA World Cup Qualifying on Sept. 10, 2008."

    With all due respect to Cocis and Romania, I am not excited. Cocis seems like a journeyman in the mold of - oh god why go through the list again?!? And Romania has had their good teams - remember Hagi and the 1/4 final run in 1994? - but they are no powerhouse.

    OK, fine. I get the cap space issue, and at least we have plenty of international spots. But it's another mid-season shopping "spree" (more like a run to the convenience store for a bag of Cheetos) that has all the potential for buyer's remorse that we've seen in the past. And at least he's not being announced as a DP.

    Cocis, you are welcome to Chicago. Now, please, do not disappoint us.

  • What is the market like in terms for centerbacks/outside backs? The Fire needs to shore up that position badly. With Johnson's GAA that is a 1.59, quality centerback(s) is a must. Patrick Ianni isn't not an MLS starter and Hurtado is shaky at best.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    The plan with Ianni was always to turn him around and trade him. The Berry trade made it nearly impossible for them to do so at the beginning of the season. Add him to the list with Alex and Duka.

    I've been saying, although haven't heard anything up to this point, that they'll probably look to make a trade within the league to shore things up at CB. I'm guessing if they can find a club who will trade a player and MLS funny money, we might see one of those three on their way out.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Any word on how Ianni managed to get a yellow card while he wasn't even in the game?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Match report says it was dissent. I had to DVR the game instead of watching it live, and the game cut off before the end, so I didn't see the incident in question.

  • One other question: any word on how long the Cocis deal is for, and is it a loan or a new contract? He's 31...

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Not sure with length of contract, but based on the article in the initial post, it sounded like he terminated his deal in Ukraine, in order to escape the...tensions. This leads me to believe he was a free agent.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Correct. He managed to negotiate a release from his old club and is here on a free transfer. Not sure on contract length yet.

  • Another year, another canceled trip to Chicago!!! Missed the announcement that the Cubs had joined MLS.
    The Fire isn't an MLS team, it's a tax write-off !

  • I have seen him play on an international level, but honestly... I never really paid any attention. Just watched Romania get picked apart by other big countries... Still, 50 caps is relatively impressive for me. Lets give him a chance.

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    Seems li

  • In more important news, I was leading the pack but dropped to 6th. Thanks CONMEBOL for screwing up my bracket.

  • I'll post my picks now before I forget later:

    Phi-NY NY
    Clb-KC KC
    Tor-Van Tor
    LA-NE LA

    61-79 5 unaccounted (per my last count)

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