Fire sign GK Jorge Bava

The Fire have announced the signing of veteran goalkeeper Jorge Bava. The 35-year old has played in Uruguay, Paraguay, Colombia, and Mexico over the span of eighteen years.

“Bava is technically clean, comfortable off his line and a good organizer of the defense,” said Nelson Rodriguez vis press release. “His skill set is complimentary to that of Matt Lampson and we expect him to compete for playing time.”

Bava will occupy the Fire’s eighth international roster spot in signing a one year deal with options for two more. He was added via Discovery and arrives on a free transfer from his last club, Atletico Bucaramanga in Colombia’s Primera A.

Trading Sean Johnson to add a 35-year old international journeyman goalkeeper seems to be an odd move but the Fire’s “plan A” for the position seemed to be the pursuit of Brad Guzan. That fell through and Johnson was ready for a move, leaving the spot open for another starting ‘keeper.

The current roster of signed players is at 20:

GK: Bava, Lampson

DEF: Campbell, Kappelhof, Meira, Vincent, Harrington, Doody

MID: Accam, Alvarez, Goossens, Polster, Fernandez, Conner, Calistri, Juninho

FWD: de Leeuw, Arshakyan, Nikolic, Solignac

Internationals: Bava, Kappelhof, Meira, Goossens, de Leeuw, Arshakyan, Nikolic, Solignac


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  • Do you guys think Bava will be the starter or will it be Lampson? The Fire will still look to add a McClain type gk most likely but how cool would it be if Bava was that 3rd string goalie and the fire get Guzan or a better and well suited keeper for the MLS. Again highly doubt it but the goalie situation doesn't really make me confident going into the season.

  • In reply to DavidFromChicago:

    Bava will be the starter with another young keeper acting as the third.

  • In reply to DavidFromChicago:

    Nothing cool about using an international roster slot on a reserve GK.

  • This seems like a poor use of an international spot.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    This seems like the fire backed themselves into a corner and would rather have a GK that is better then Lampson then no GK at all. With that being said, I know nothing about Bava, so I have no idea whether he will be good or bad for us, but I'm assuming better then Lampson.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Watching his highlight reel does not fill me with inspiration.

    It may be the fault of the production team, but it doesn't seem like deflecting a goalkick from the front post to a wide open striker five yards from the penalty spot is effective goalkeeping. He seems too quick to punch and deflect the ball back into the field of play.

    And regardless of position, you have to wonder what's going on bwith a player who's been on so many teams over that span of years. As GR said, he doesn't seem to be a long term solution for the Fire, and apparently prefers that himself given his club-hopping past.

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    In reply to Modibo:

    Agreed. Hopefully one or two of our other Intl players will obtain green cards soon...

    I'm ok with the idea of a 35 yr old keeper in general as long as we draft a prospect for him to mentor over the next year or two.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I agree, goalie is the one thing we do well in the states...

  • What the hell is techincly clean supposed to mean about a Goalkeeper

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Think about what it means for a field player - controls the ball with few turnovers, successfully completes passes, tackles without fouling.

    Translate that into goalkeeping skills. Deflections don't go back into the field of play, distribution is accurate, doesn't bobble catched balls, can make tackles cleanly when coming off the line without t a lot of calls against him, etc.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Must have great distribution

  • Agree with the rest that using an international spot on a goalie - and a 35-year old one at that - seems like an utter waste. I guess it's all part of NR/VP's master plan to build the most perennially worthless team in the league.

  • It is kind of worrisome that this guy has only 244 senior appearances in his 18 year career. That's just over 13 games per season. There must be a reason why he saw so little time with teams in Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Columbia.

  • The need-reaction is reminiscent of the Shaun Francis signing, but appearantly with more of a plan.

    I'm still not sold, but wishing the best.

    Casa de Bava.

  • Bava cant be worse than Lampson, so he has that going for him. I bet he is probably really good with the ball at his feet. I saw some highlight clip on youtube of his goalkicks barely making it to half field. That was impressive. I don't remember the last time this team made me happy...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Hauptmanism is a serious disease. Symptoms include episodes of depression, apathy, resignation, along with spontaneous outbursts of laughter and anger. So far, the only known possible cure still to be tested for this condition is *HauptmanOut.

    *research has shown that treatment using Low-to-Mid-Level DPs, business acquaintances as FO staff, frequent roster flushes, and under-investment in team resources only exacerbates the condition.

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  • In reply to BrianC.:

    While going infected by Hauptman is you also develop a sudden crave for TAM/GAM or money...

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Careful - mother always said we'd go blind if we exacerbated too much...

  • GR, Is there any truth to the rumor that the Fire made an offer for Joel Obi at Torino?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I don't believe there is an offer on the table, no.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Can you ask the FO today about That "Veteran in this team" (Just ask them about BS and if the deal is dead. They might not answer but worth asking them)

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    I just toke a look at a list of people's contracts expiring in the summer and some big shouts were Yaya Toure (Although started getting back into Pep's side), Robben, Joel Ledley

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    And Jesus Navas

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Not sure if anything has changed, but this was an exchange Guillermo had on twitter yesterday when asked about Obi:

    "@FireConf if the deal for Joel Obi from Torino goes through, does that mean the Fire will no longer pursue Schweinsteiger?"

    "@GuaraCP I don't think there is a deal on the table for him, but yes...if they sign another CM that means the deal is dead."

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