Segares retires, joins Academy staff









Gonzalo Segares has announced his retirement as a player after ten professional seasons. Drafted by the Fire in the third round of the 2005 SuperDraft, Segares spent his entire career in Chicago with the exception of a stint with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol in 2010. A popular player in the locker room and off the field he was always available to speak honestly and openly regardless of how exhilarating or excruciating the result of the latest match was.

Segares agreed to restructure his contract in order stay with the club following the 2012 season and had opportunities to play in NASL this year after having his 2015 option declined in November. He recently acquired his "B" coaching license and decided to accept an offer to stay with the Fire as an Ambassador and Academy coach. "Today is a very sad day for me, as I am announcing my retirement from professional soccer. It has been an incredible ride for me, filled with many good memories and amazing moments that I will never forget,” said Segares via a club release. “This game has given me the honor of representing my country, my club and to make my family proud. I leave the sport today knowing that I left it all in the field for them.”

Segares, one of the top fullbacks in MLS in his prime, was only the seventh player in club history to amass more than 200 appearances. He played in 264 competitive matches for the Fire and was the last active player on the roster to have won significant hardware. He was a member of the 2006 US Open Cup winners.

He'll be missed as a player by fans and media alike but will surely be an asset to the technical staff as he begins working with the Academy. The Fire will announce plans to honor his career and contributions at a later date.


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  • Too bad for him, but probably the perfect time to move on in terms of leaving before skills dropped off too much. He represented the team very well and was a great player for the Fire. Glad to see the team bringing in long-time players into various capacities and rewarding them for their commitment to the squad, a la the White Sox.

  • In reply to Tweaky:


  • Sad to see him go. He wasn't what he once was the past couple seasons, but I always loved having him on the team. Worked hard, had heart and class.

  • Sorry to see him retire..he always gave everything he had at both ends of the field. Hopefully he can help turn out some good homegrown players for the Fire from the Academy.

  • Gonzo has been a personal favorite of mine for years, a really class guy who stabilized the left back position for many years for the Fire. He lost a step these last years but still provided mostly reliable coverage. End of an era!

    I'm pleased that he is staying with the Fire and that I may see him around yet from time to time. I'll second Tweaky's sentiments that it is good to see the Fire making the long term commitments. A very positive change from recent practices.

  • Scoreless draw in England. Fire's best defender was the crossbar. In other news, the Fire's very own Paulo Cesar Wanchope was elevated to the permanent head coach of the Costa Rica national team.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Wanchope! Oh man, I know he was a good player and had a nice career, but boy was he awful for the Fire!

  • More coming up shortly on this morning's game with Norwich City including comments from Frank Yallop.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Hopefully you can include a formation for the first 45 based on Yallop's comments eg Maloney under Igboananike, relative to Cocis. Sorry, I just am not smart enough to visualize it.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Yep...asked him about that specifically. I'll have some formation talk coming up in the next post.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    The 4-2-1-3, I see. Be afraid, MLS. Be afraid.

  • As far as Sega goes, when he got a yellow card, he *earned* it, good and hard. There was no question about the call.

    I hope Cochrane learned a thing or two last year...

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