There is another new face on the Fire back line.
The Chicago Fire announced the signing of Brazilian U-20 defender Rodrigo Ramos Wednesday, adding to the ever-growing stable of defenders for the Men in Red. Ramos is coming to Chicago on a one-year loan deal from Coritiba of Brazil's top flight. Per MLS policy, the club will have the option to buy at the end of the loan.
Ramos is a pretty big unknown with only nine professional appearances for Coritiba and two appearances off the bench for Brazil's Under-20 team during the World Cup. Clearly Paunovic was impressed with Ramos during that World Cup and is willing to see if he can blossom in MLS.
The Fire now have, on paper, a whole bunch of options at right back with Michael Harrington, Ramos, Johan Kappelhof, Eric Gehrig and Matt Polster. Of those options, I hope Harrington and Ramos get almost all of the time at right back as Kappelhof will likely be needed as the starter centrally and Gehrig and Polster are better utilized elsewhere.
It is possible Ramos could get a look as a right winger too with the club short on options. Rodriguez said Ramos has plenty of range and consistently gets into the attack, so there could be some midfield potential there.
Five of Chicago's eight international spots are now filled. Rodriguez previously said he would like to use all the slots so another defender and perhaps a couple midfielders could still be on the way.
Ramos also fills the important role of "defender with an alliterative name" that was left vacant with the departure of Joevin Jones.
Are you excited to see what the young Brazilian can do? Or are you underwhelmed with the signing of a little-known name?