'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house, roster spots were being evaluated, and new players were being sought out. I'm not much for rhyming, but I am up for a little role playing. As I sit here on a cold Christmas Eve, I began to wonder - if I was Santa and had to get one thing for the Chicago Fire, what would it be?
For me, I would get the Fire a true Designated Player who can play the number 10 role. A player who knows what it is like to play in a very physical league but still possess the talent to create, as well as dominate, in the MLS. This team has been sorely missing that type of player.
I know of a player who would fit what I am looking for, and who is attainable. Unfortunately, he will likely cost "Keane Like Money" and then some. The player I'm thinking of will be out of contract this summer and will only 29 years old. That player is Brazilian named Diego Ribas da Cunha, also known as Diego, the central attacking midfielder for VFL Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga. For anyone who has never seen Diego play, he would be a perfect fit for the Fire, and he would be able to handle the MLS with no problem.
Here is a video of Diego's top five goals in the Bundesliga.
To get a true feel of Diego's skill, here is another video that showcases his skill set.
Diego is currently in his fifth season in the Bundesliga. Prior to Wolfsburg, Diego spent a season with Juventus in 2009-2010 and three seasons with Werder Bremen, where he won the DBF-Pokal in 2008-09. In 2011-2012, Diego was loaned out to Athletico Madrid for the entire season. In that season, he helped Los Rojiblancos win their second Europa League title in three years.
So cf97 nation, it is you turn. If you were Santa and had to get the Fire one thing, what would it be? It could be anything and is not limited to just roster or on-field related. Let us know.
From me and my family, we wish everyone a safe and happy holidays and for a wonderful 2014.