Category: Player Moves

A Look at the Klopas Era

The old sports saying goes that you have to wait three years before you can accurately assess or evaluate drafts and player acquisitions.  Frank Klopas was hired as Technical Director in January of 2008 and has now begun to shape the on-field product into his vision.  The term “attractive attacking football” was thrown around alot... Read more »

A new left back?

Thought the Fire had their left back issue sorted out? Think again. Despite acquiring left back Krzysztof Krol via loan in January, Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos has his eye on another potential replacement – Deris Umanzor – for former Fire stalwart Gonzalo Segares. Umanzor, a 30-year-old Salvadoran defender who currently plays for C.D.... Read more »

Krol loan official

The Fire made the official announcement today that defender Krzysztof Krol will join the club on loan from Jagiellonia Bialystok for the 2010 season. Krol will join the Fire pending receipt of his Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Terms of the deal, which a Polish report said was for one year, were not officially released.... Read more »

Fire sign Martinez to loan deal

The Fire announced this afternoon that midfielder Julio Martinez will join the club on loan from Mexican second division side Club Leon FC. Martinez, who played for Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos on the El Salvadoran National Team, for which he has scored two goals in ten appearances. “Julio is a true professional... Read more »

Segares officially signs with Apollon FC

It’s finally official. [Gonzalo Segares and Apollon FC have put pen to paper and signed a deal]( that will bring the 27-year-old former Fire left back to the Cypriot club through the end of their season. I know, I know, it’s not like this is any sort of surprise, but I thought I’d share the... Read more »

Updating the Collins John situation

Let’s rewind to Thursday’s draft for a minute. The Fire picked up a couple of defenders, two midfielders and even a keeper with their selections, but neglected to draft a forward — seemingly a position of need — with any one of their five picks. On the surface (assuming the Fire took need into consideration... Read more »

Updating the Gonzalo Segares situation (Updated)

Despite it coming out over a week ago that Gonzalo Segares had agreed to a deal with Cypriot side Apollon FC, the 27-year-old left back — whose contract with the Fire expired at the end of the 2009 season — has yet to put pen to paper and sign with the Mediterranean island club. That... Read more »

Fire come to terms with De los Cobos

According to a report by Nick Firchau of the Southtown Star, [the Fire and Carlos de los Cobos have agreed to terms for the former Mexican international to become the fifth head coach in team history](,010710fireforweb.article). De los Cobos, who had been rumored as the front-runner for the job for about a week, most recently... Read more »

Draft Update

I’m sure many of you have heard of Megabus, the bus company that offers really low fares to and from cities across the country. And if you’ve heard of Megabus, you’ve probably heard that they offer free wi-fi on all of their buses.   Well I’m currently on a Megabus (going to St. Louis for... Read more »

Updating the de los Cobos and Martinez situations

So far this offseason the Fire has parted ways with former head coach Denis Hamlett, seen Brandon Prideaux retire, lost David Myrie in the expansion draft, and watched as Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Chris Rolfe and (now) Gonzalo Segares left to ply their trade abroad. They have yet to bring in anyone new. For his part, Technical... Read more »