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