When Giuseppe Gentile was selected by the Chicago Fire in the waiver draft, there was some promise. He looked good on highlight films and had nice stats from college. Then in the preseason, Gentile impressed a lot of people and quickly Fire fans thought that we had found a new, promising forward. He went on to score for the reserves but it became obvious that Mike Magee, Quincy Amarikwa and Juan Luis Anangono were ahead of him. In years past, this would have meant a lot of time on the pine and a sprinkling of reserve matches, but not this year - the Fire wisely decided to loan him out to the Charlotte Eagles of USL Pro.
In his short time there, Gentile has played in 8 games and amassed 462 minutes played. He has also scored one goal. His lone goal game in a loss to Orlando City when he used his strength to receive the ball and turn on Orlando City's Tommy Redding and finish in a 3-1 loss. The goal can be see around the 1:47:00 mark in this link. The amount of playing time that he has received is promising and is good to see him seeing the field. The playing time that he is receiving in USL Pro is much more valuable than the playing time he would receive on the reserves squad.
Gentile can be recalled at any time and sent back to Charlotte whenever the Fire want to. This is beneficial for the Fire in case of an injury problem or a drop in form by some of the forwards. Gentile will probably stay with Charlotte for the remainder of the season though and be able to make a serious push for playing time next year. This loan is a promising step for Gentile and good to see him earning significant playing time.
If you'd like to see Gentile is action, some of the USL Pro games are streamed through YouTube and archives them on their website so they can be seen later also.
Excited by Gentile's playing time? Think he can break into the Fire first team eventually?