Rumor, speculation, and posturing abound but the Fire's pursuit of Ghanaian striker David Accam appears to be heading to a conclusion. Accam will be in Chicago at the end of this week and is expected to sign a contract with the Fire and MLS at that time. Accam has fielded other offers but the Fire have apparently met his asking price and hope to add him as the second Designated Player acquisition this winter. The deal has been close to consummation for several days now although one report out of Ghana claimed that Accam had no interest in MLS. Another report one day later cited Accam as being open to a US move.
Regardless, sources have indicated to Fire Confidential that Chicago will soon have their man. The deal just needs to be closed later this week although Frank Yallop was cautious in an interview with ExtraTime Radio yesterday declining to comment on negotiations only saying that he "really liked the player."
Accam may not be the big name some fans have clamored for but he may be able to produce big numbers on the field and could be a cornerstone of a turnaround at Toyota Park.
News and notes
- It was a foregone conclusion, but the Fire made if official today. Defender Eric Gehrig has signed with the club after his rights were acquired from Orlando City SC via trade last week. Gehrig should battle for time at the centerback spot and will look to be a regular in the game day 18.
- Speaking of centerbacks, Yallop and the technical staff are still looking for another starter at the position to pair with Jeff Larentowicz. Yallop visited with some of those potential targets during his trip overseas but a deal hasn't materialized yet. It's possible that an inter-league trade could produce one but the Fire's biggest bargaining chip, Mike Magee, is not expected to begin training until March or April.
- Staying on defenders, expect the Fire to add another homegrown player to the roster this winter. Indiana University defender Patrick Doody is in his senior year and eligible for the Superdraft in January. Doody has made several appearances with the Fire Reserves over the last three seasons and has come up through the academy system. He has also played in midfield.
- Out of contract homegrown player Victor Pineda has signed with Indy Eleven. So has last year's first round draft choice Marco Franco. Both ended last season playing for Peter Wilt's NASL side.
- No official announcement has been made yet by the local club but Juan Luis Anangono has been sold to Liga MX's Club Universidad de Guadalajara. The Mexican club announced the signing via their official twitter account over the weekend. This would explain why Anangono was protected in the expansion draft last week.
- Phase 2 of the Re-Entry Draft will be conducted on Thursday. The MLS trade window is open until Wednesday at 10 am and will reopen after Phase 2 is complete.
- The Fire have yet to replace CJ Brown on the coaching staff although Logan Pause is available and currently working in the front office. Yallop is apparently looking for a more experienced hand to serve as first assistant. Clint Mathis, who joined Yallop's staff last winter has only last season under his belt as a first team coach.
- CONCACAF announced the upcoming Gold Cup schedule and Soldier Field is one of the host sites. Mexico will play in Chicago on July 9. The USMNT kicks off in Dallas on July 7.