Two more forwards were added to the roster as the summer transfer window comes to a close. As expected, the Fire acquired 6'-4" Armenian striker David Arshakyan in a transfer move from Lithuanian A Lyga side FK Trakai. He will be available for selection once his Visa and ITC are received. The 21-year old has an impressive scoring mark over the last two season. He tallied 25 goals in 34 league games last season and has 9 goals in 18 total appearances this year. How that translates to MLS will be interesting to watch.
Arshakyan signed a two-year deal with the Fire with club options for a third and fourth year. He is listed as a "Special Discovery Player" which means that he is under 27 years old and the total amount of his acquisition cost is charged against the budget in the year that it is paid. The Fire can amortize that total amount over the term of his contract up to $500,000.00. His total cost does not equate to a DP budget hit.
The other move came via a trade with the Colorado Rapids. The Fire sent General Allocation Money to Colorado in exchange for Argentine forward Luis Solignac. He has scored 3 goals in 33 league matches since joining the Rapids last May. At 25 years old, Solignac has bounced around a bit but isn't an expensive add. According to the latest MLSPU numbers his guaranteed compensation is $85,000.00 this year. He will join the Fire this week and could be available for the game at Real Salt Lake.
The transfer window closes at midnight but that should do it for the Fire for now. Teams can add players who are out of contract up until the roster freeze date on September 15 however.