Fire acquire TFC forward Gilberto

The Fire didn't take long in putting plan B into action once Didier Drogba decided to pursue MLS life north of the border. Chicago has acquired Toronto FC forward Gilberto on waivers. The pursuit as first reported via Fire Confidential twitter and confirmed by ESPN, intensified this weekend once Drogba's preference became known on Friday.

Gilberto signed as a Designated Player in December of 2013 and scored 7 goals in 28 games last season. Toronto acquired Michael Bradley and then Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco after unloading Jermaine Defoe, thereby occupying all three DP slots necessitating that a move be made with Gilberto. He was loaned to Vasco da Gama in Brazil last February where he scored 9 times in 25 competitive matches. According to MLS rules, the Waiver draft order is determined by points per game once all clubs have played at least three MLS league games. The Fire were first in the Waiver draft order and claimed Gilberto.

He will be added to the Fire's roster pending a physical and receipt of his P-1 visa. At 26 years old he's in the prime of his career although he didn't exactly light up MLS last season. Gilberto does provide an upgrade over Kennedy Igboananike but likely won't excite the general public in the manner that Drogba would have either. Regardless of marquee recognition he' should be a solid addition with long term potential.

According to the MLSPU, Gilberto's guaranteed compensation last season was $1,205,000.00.

The Fire's deal with Montreal for Drogba reported to be at $100,000.00 in Allocation Money is actually nearly double that amount according to league sources and will create room to add defenders before the summer window closes on August 6. How much of that figure is Target Allocation Money and Regular Allocation is unclear but Chicago will have room with which to work. It should be noted however, that the agreement with Montreal is contingent upon Drogba signing a contract.

Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

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  • Of all the players in the world we could sign for 1.2m.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I think this move has made my suspicions a reality. Spank Gallop despises the Chicago Fire. He needs to leave immediately.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    His diabolical plan to destroy the Fire is working magnificently. I think he was planted in the organization by the North Koreans.

    It is a shame more people cannot see through the front that Yallop puts up.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    He has signed 4 DP's in his tenure and only one is good enough. He has somehow made us worse than we were last year. He is averaging just above a point per game as a fire manager. The team plays arguably the worst soccer in the league. He says that he wants to play possession soccer but all of his defenders play long ball after long ball. He has said countless times that he doesn't understand why the team is giving up goal after goal, but never addresses the defense. He took a team that missed the playoffs on goal differential, brought in his players and finished with 13 less points than Klopas. Now we only have 19 points from 20 games. That's 55 points from 54 games in charger. Is that good enough for you? For every decent player he brings in, he brings in 3 players that wouldn't make other MLS rosters. Spank Gallop is the worst coach in this league. I would rather Hauptmann traded the rights to Drogba for Klopas straight up.

  • Perfect, another striker under six feet. If want to watch the Lollipop Guild I'd throw on the Wizard of Oz.

  • In reply to tomwhitt:

    What does height matter. Messi is well under 6 feet.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    It doesn't if you are running a 4-3-3. But Chicago has yet to start a game this year with a 4-3-3. Yallop tried it the preseason, but for some reason will not use it.

  • Meh.. underwhelming, undersized and overpriced.

    What happened to McGee? Can't he do 15-20 mins? Would still be better at 90% than these other guys.. can't even mention their names, they're too temporary.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Dealing with a knee injury. Should be back for next game.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Is Gilberto coming in as a DP? You mentioned his $1.2 MM salary in 2014. But if he is on waivers from TFC, did TFC eat the money remaining in that deal, or are the Fire going to be paying him that much?

    I think that he is a solid addition, but I don't know that I would spend TAM to get him on the roster.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    Believe he is a DP and Fire did not spend TAM or GAM to get him.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    But they have to spend TAM to get him on the roster because there are already 3 DPs there. So I guess that picking him up on waivers saved the Fire from having to make a deal with TFC. I'm just not sure that spending TAM on Gilberto is the best use of that money.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Magee has averaged about 7 goals a year in his career. He has not impressed me much.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    7 goals a year generally from midfield is pretty impressive.

    Oh and the one season he only played forward he had like 20 goals, so there's that.

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    Disappointing, as far as an improvement over Kennedy Igboananike
    isn't saying much, a dead dog would be better than him.
    Gilberto must be laughing his way to the bank, over paid given his previous record. Just another pig in the poke, typical of the Fire for the past five years. For every Accam they sign, they sign four others
    who can't do shit.
    Wish the current leadership would get the hell out of town, they neither understand soccer nor what drives fans to turn out.
    They spend too much for mediocre players then have no money to sign a quality player. Another low ball signing which will have no major effect in driving the team into competitiveness.
    They say keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is a sign of insanity. If true, the Fire are certifiable. Typical dumb assed Fire bull shit.

  • Guys I was following Toronto last season. It was the first time that a team sort of came from the dark and signed three good DP's. Unfortunately Defoe and Gilbert did not play as expected.
    Gilberto reminded me of two past Fire players combined. Those would be Chad Beret who rarely get his shot on goal and Quincy America who made every fall and every foul look like he had been murdered. This is not a move that a Chivas like team needed to re excite the wonderful sports fans from chicago.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Now just tell me he had the touch of calen car and we might just have ourselves a player...

    Frank Klopas turned the rights to Robbie Rogers into Mike Magee. Spank Gallop turns the rights to Drogba into Gilberto... #BringBackKlopas #IMissOsorio #IsHamlettAvailable

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    "We all dream of a team of Calen Carrs, a team of Calen Carrs, a team on Calen Carrs..."

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Mike Magee has 7 goals in a year and a half. Not impressed.

    All he does is yell at the refs.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    Magee has 7 goals in a year and a half*

    *and was injured for a year. And was MVP the year before that.

    I don't like his whining, but cmon. Mike Magee is Mike Magee.

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    How can he come in as a DP without the Fire making a different move. That would give the Fire 4 DPs.

    Is Gilberto not coming in as a DP or did the Fire pay down one of the other DPs to make them no longer a DP?

  • In reply to Chris Page:

    They will pay down a DP alrhough I'm sure they'd like to move Igboananike.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Can they copyright or is contract guaranteed?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Dang autocorrect.

    Can they cut iggy or is his contract guaranteed?

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    Guaranteed. Can't cut at this point and not take cap hit either.

  • I'll reserve judgment on Gilberto until he actually plays for the Fire.

    I will say however, this is a failure, not mainly on the field, but rather in league wide perception. Would Drogba have led the Fire to the playoffs? Almost certainly not at this point, neither will Gilberto. Would Drogba have helped the Fire win the USOC? I honestly don't think much more than Gilberto may. Would Drogba have heightened the general fans' opinions of the Fire, generated ticket and jersey sales, been a big deal to sign? Definitely yes. Gilberto? No, he becomes a donkey (unless he plays amazingly, which I'm not holding my breathe on), a symbol of this FO's repeated failure to sign anyone of note, not only that but a TFC reject as well.

    So again, on the field, I'm not judging Gilberto yet. But in the media (social or otherwise), he's already a failure. He's not Drogba. The Fire too, are also a failure, mired in last place and now again a league wide laughingstock. Sad times.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Yallop being Yallop, here's hoping Gilberto does a better job of making the starting 11 than Perez. Or at least supplanting do Prado.

    So about that defense...

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I don't get how this is "Yallop being Yallop." This being NOT signing Drogba. Which was my whole point. The move looks so bad because it's not Drogba, much more so than because of any preconceived notions of Gilberto.

    I mean, I'm no fan of Yallop's tactics, but he hasn't been awful at bringing decent guys in on a limited budget. How many other forwards would be available for free right now that would be better?

    I know the Fire shouldn't only have to look for guys who are free, but that's not really because of Yallop, is it...

    (But that defense. Yeah. Yeesh)

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Oh, no. Pretty much every point and angle on this has been stated. The only thing that came to mind was Yallop's stating before that a player has to earn their spot in the starting eleven (which I'm not even going to begin to debate or gauge to hard here,) and the fact that Victor Perez played very, very little. No criticism of your commentary at all. Just adding the one unspoken thought that came to mind.

  • In reply to BrianC.:


    And agreed, coaches of teams I care about (Fire and USMNT) seem to have interesting views of "tactics" and "players earning starts/caps". And by interesting I mean generally infuriating.

  • The Fire's FO should be ashamed. I would love to see these guys interviewed by knowledgeable folks to hear their explanation and then to see the interviewers fall over laughing. These guys are like meth heads who keep thinking that their teeth look prettier the more they sign over priced players. Gilberto can play, he just cannot be a loan striker. He can play in a 4-3-3. Unfortunately, the Fire cannot field a 4-3-3 so he is doomed. Here we go again.....

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Where in a 433 does he play? Point of the attack?




  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Man, that second lineup would be nice. Is there a chance in hell that this could happen?

  • In reply to tomwhitt:

    I don't see why not.

    Other than Yallop being Yallop.

  • In reply to tomwhitt:

    Polster is a right back now. #GallopBeingGallop

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    If that continues, I will literally cry.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I tweeted the other night that he's much better at DM, and he favorited the tweet, so he probably doesn't want to be out there either.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    There is only one person in America that thinks he should be playing at rb. Unfortunately, that person is Spank Gallop.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    That's the thing, you will never get an interview like that. Especially as long as Andrew owns the team. You will still get the BS canned statements and Yallop telling reporters that "Andrew's been great". You'll never get honesty out of them and that is something that comes from the top down.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Insults and name-calling are un-becoming and undermine one's argument.

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    Agreed with the outlook above. While Gilberto can be a capable player (he started hot when he arrived at TFC), he hasn't done much as of late. One can only hope a move here will give him a fresh start. The problem is, the Fire are already in a deep hole so many fans will write him off as a failure if he doesn't get us into the playoffs (which the we know the odds of).

    I also find it interesting that the Fire's plan A involved a strong, target-hold up forward type. And plan B involves a pass & run type. That alone signals Yallop has no clue what type of game he wants to play. God forbid we should ever try and acquire a playmaking/tempo central midfielder. (Although I agree or defense should be the first thing fixed.)

    As for the "Discovery Rule", I'd still love some clarification on the whole situation. From what I've heard, if a team has a claim on a player, they are the only ones that are allowed to hold contract talks. Is that true? If it is, then I would love to know how and when Montreal was allowed to get into the discussion mix. I have heard that the Fire initially "gave up" the discovery claim, but then when the TAM was announced, they decided to get back into the mix.

    I just would love to hear how this really all went down.

  • In reply to Eric Kekeis:

    Guillermo did a great post-mortem on the collapse of the JJ deal last year... maybe we can convince him to try to put one together on this year's collapsed DD deal?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Stay tuned

  • I think the Fire are better than they were yesterday and they added some $$$ as well. So far so good. On to the next addition.

  • While I, too, am underwhelmed (which, when you consider that there are very few stars as big as Drogba, was always going to be the case if we didn't get and hold onto him), looking at Gilberto's stats at Vasco de Gama, Wiki says he scored 9 goals in 21 games, which isn't horrible.

  • The trade is official. The Fire have bought down Igboananike's cap hit and have added Gilberto.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Any idea if they have any TAM left, or did they use it all?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Why buy down iggy? Accam would have cost them less TAM to get below the DP threshold, no? Does it have something to do with a transfer fee cap hit being front loaded?

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    In reply to DDT5583:

    I'm guessing because Accam's transfer fee was much larger than Iggy's. (One would hope...)

  • Ok guys, we can stop complaining that AH never signs big name players - he technically signed Drogba (and then immediately traded him, but, you know, technicalities).

    Man MLS is goofy.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    This made me laugh. I wondered on Twitter if they had enough time to take a photo of him in a Fire jersey before TFC signed their paperwork...

  • When will Gilberto arrive? Are we talking weeks or days?

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    In reply to Krasov:

    Sounds like he will be ready before the away match @ portland (aug 7th).

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