The Fire have had a tremendous offseason so far. We have fortified our midfield, improved our defense in the SuperDraft, and even added some forwards to the mix. The Fire midfield is certainly the most populated on the team, and one I would definitely consider it a strength. It's credit to the front office for taking what was considered a big weakness last year and turning it into one of our strong points.
The recent Wilman Conde deal has given the Fire a nice chunk of extra allocation money. It wasn't too long ago that we were in a bit of a bind in terms of international spots. Now it's not so much of a problem, with 3 full international spots. This extra allocation money, combined with the fact that we have open international slots open, as well as the CB shortage we have, makes me wonder if another signing or two could be made before the season. Join me after the break for some further thoughts...A VERY interesting rumor has been making the rounds today. It cites that German soccer superstar Michael Ballack is rumored to be sparking interest from the Chicago Fire. While I would take this rumor with a huge grain of salt, it is nice to see the Fire linked with names like this from time to time, as it helps provide exposure, as well as showing the ambition that a club like the Fire have to go out and get players that will help them win. While not all rumors/interest in players are to be believed, again it can be a positive for a club to be linked to world class players. Oh, and also the fact that the world class talent is on your team helping them out.
On the flip side, MLSsoccer.com Chicago Fire beat writer, Sam Stejskal was quick to put this rumor to rest this morning on Twitter:
Repeat: Club source told me today that there is no truth to Fire-Ballack rumors. Just wanted to throw that out there again.
Getting word Chicago Fire has taken interest in a Greek center back. Waiting on details. #mls