Magee out 6-8 months, Fire sign Sinama-Pongolle

The Fire announced today that Mike Magee will be out of action for the next 6-8 months after undergoing hip surgery on Monday night. Magee has missed the last three games and hadn't played since a 1-0 loss in Montreal on August 16. He had been struggling with various injuries that seemed to stem from the hip problem for some time. After an MVP season in which he scored 15 goals in 22 games for the Fire in 2013, Magee has struggled to find that form this year, scoring only 7 times in 17 appearances this year. Three of those goals were from the penalty spot however, and one came as a result of a missed penalty.

With the expected recovery time expected to last into training camp and possibly the start of the 2015 season, the Fire will need to rethink their plans at the forward spot going into next season. With that in mind, the team also announced the signing of French striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle. The well traveled forward has been around since his career highlights playing for Liverpool in the '04-'05 Champion's League competition. His best club run came with Recreativo de Huelva in Spain's La Liga, scoring 22 goals in 68 games from 2006 to 2008.

He's since played for five different clubs and only managed 16 goals in 110 appearances. His last stop was with FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League. Sinama-Pongolle was brought into camp two weeks ago with an eye towards possibly signing him in January but lack of depth and the loss of Magee expedited that plan. According to an overseas report, his deal with the Fire is a short term contract with an option to extend for two more seasons past 2014.

Sinama-Pongolle scored the winning penalty kick and created Matt Fondy's rebound goal in a 2-1 reserve win over FC Dallas last Sunday. He will be added to the roster pending receipt of his P-1 visa and international transfer certificate.

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  • I'd rather see 18 year olds from the DA up top than more of these guys trying to find a paycheck.

  • Puppo like signing.

  • Chicago Fire Retirement Home -- A great place to spend your declining years! A. Hauptman, proprietor

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    In reply to shortpasses:

    Gotta love how we find these old, over-the-hill guys. Nothing against him personally - but jeeze what is so wrong about letting our young guys get a chance to grow in these last games. Seasons over anyway so give them an opportunity.

    Oh yeah I forgot it's a retirement home.

  • Our season is lost, why not bring back pineda?

  • What a bust of a season this was for Magee. How about the next guy that holds out in preseason gets asked to prove his worth for more than six months before the contract is re-written.

  • So what's the plan going forward(no pun intended)?

  • Thank goodness the contract is only 4 months (with option to extend.)
    I was in panic mode when I saw the announcement.

  • Thinking about how terrible things have been recently i was thinking. When was the last time we were competing against another club for a player and we ended up getting them? We have to be the laughing stock of the league. Johnson might be the only player on our team that would be a starter on 90% of the other teams. Possibly Shipp, who cant seem to start for us anymore, and a healthy Magee could start for other teams in this league. It's really really sad.

  • I was looking at an old magnetic schedule that I have up on the side of a file cabinet. It features Wolff, Stoitchkov, Beasley, and Nowak. My how times have changed...

    Will we ever be able to sign high quality players again?

  • In reply to jrpaine:

    I think they'll be aggressive in the January window. They did try to spend some cash this August with Romero and Jones but that, of course fell through.

    They're going to have bring in some quality in January and it appears that they'll have the cap room to do so. Until that actually happens, however, fans will continue to be frustrated with a lack of significant signings.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    The future that could've been and the glorious past that was, will be on display tonight in the Queretaro vs. Puebla match on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN where Ronaldinho will face off against Cuauhtemoc Blanco. I know 'dinho may be at the end of his playing career but it would be a bright spot in an almost miserable season.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Cap room of what? 600k? How in the world do you sign quality championship winning quality for 600k?

  • Fire continue working with Peter Wilt's Indy XI.

    First Victor Pineda and now Marco Franco is joining them on loan. Franco had been on loan to USLPro's OC Blues FC but their season has ended.

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    NY and Phildelphia draw
    New England over Montreal
    Chicago and Toronto FC draw
    FC Dallas over Vancouver
    Houston over Columbus
    Portland over Colorado
    Los Angeles over San Jose

    106-151

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