It's not the big name signing many fans are hoping for but the Fire's newest addition to the roster does improve on last year's forward corps. Nigerian striker Kennedy Igboananike has signed with the club as a Designated Player after spending the last five seasons in the Swedish first division. A quick look at his record and video highlights shows a player with some pace and skill that has been able to create and score on his own more consistently than the Fire's recent DP additions at forward. That's a good sign but not a particularly hard feat to top considering the names on that list.
There had been recent talk of interest in Igboananike from Premier League sides Southampton and Queen's Park Rangers so the Fire aren't dealing with a total unknown in this case although he may not be a player many are familiar with stateside. At 25 years old, he is also a player that potentially can be around for several seasons if he manages to adapt to the MLS game. He may be an improvement to last year's roster and a player who will contribute but the Fire still need to find a way to move the needle off the field going into next season via additional player acquisitions.
There's still a lot of work to do.
- The Fire announced a multi-year partnership with Privatebank that includes the naming rights to the north side soccer center. The official name of the facility will be "The PrivateBank Fire Pitch".
- The club is still looking to add reinforcements at midfield, the back line, and at forward despite signing Igboananike today. Some of the names you've heard are still in play. Expect more news soon.