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Fire loan Puppo to Uruguayan club to clear room for MacDonald

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A short business trip: The Fire's DP striker Federico Puppo will spend the rest of the season at Defensor Sporting Club in his native Uruguay. He only joined the club in January of this year.
A short business trip: The Fire's DP striker Federico Puppo will spend the rest of the season at Defensor Sporting Club in his native Uruguay. He only joined the club in January of this year.

Well, the other shoe has fallen.

After signing Dutch striker Sherjill MacDonald this morning, the club announced this afternoon that forward Federico Puppo will be joining Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting Club. The move will open up both a designated player role and an international slot. The latter will be filled by MacDonald and the former will open the club up to potentially sign another designated player. If that player is considered to be an international player though, the club would still need to acquire another international slot to acommodate him.

Make sense? Clear as mud, right?

See the club's release after the break.

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 24, 2012) - The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Tuesday that the club has loaned forward Federico Puppo to Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting Club. The 25-year-old Uruguayan striker will join Defensor Sporting Club immediately. Per club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"This loan is an opportunity to provide Federico with more consistent playing time," said Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas. "Defensor is a top team in Uruguay, having won the 2012 Clausura. We look forward to keeping a close eye on his progress while he is playing in Montevideo."

Puppo joined the Fire on January 11, 2012 from Uruguayan side Danubio FC. The Montevideo, Uruguay product appeared in 12 matches for the Men in Red, starting two across MLS and U.S. Open Cup play. He tallied one goal and one assist during his time in Chicago.

So what does everyone think about the "new-look" Men in Red?