On the heels of yet another disappointing home loss for the Chicago Fire, technical director Frank Klopas announced that Mexican international Nery Castillo will be joining the Brideview-based club as a designated player.
Considering the lack of depth for the Fire in the midfield, it’s fairly obvious that this signing, boom or bust, is probably the right deal to make. However, the 26-year old Castillo certainly has a number of questions surrounding his current form. He hasn’t played a vital role for a club team since leaving the Greek side Olympiakos in 2007, proving ineffective for a pair of Ukrainian clubs and in a loan stint at Manchester City.
Ideally, a motivated Castillo will enter into the fold with a healthy Patrick Nyarko and All-Star Marco Pappa, which could possibly boast of being among the best trio of mids in the MLS. A healthy Collins John and Brian McBride could serve as above average target men at forward, and maybe the Fire will start looking like a soccer team again.
Or, it could all blow up in Frank Klopas and the Fire’s face, and mediocrity will continue to reign supreme.