After a supposed deal with Juan Quintero fell apart last month, the Chicago Fire are still looking to add for a No. 10 role to replace the void that David Accam left.
Speaking with MLSSoccer.com, Fire club president Nelson Rodriguez says that that the organization is still on the hunt for “a more classic 10 […] who can also dictate rhythm.” These comments represent a slight reversal from N-Rod’s comments to Hot Time late last year, likely in response to moves and developments in the interim.
As a stop-gap response to #10 problem, the Fire recently signed Aleksandar Katai on loan until the 31st of July (with an option to buy). Although he can play in the middle, he shines more out on the wings. If anything, this might be more of a replacement for Michael de Leeuw until he is fully recovered, although head coach Velijko Paunovic did mention that Katai was part of the reason why Accam was traded.
Lee Nguyen could potentially fill this role— and the Fire was reported to be one of the first clubs to show an interest to him, but the New England Revolution has locked up him in their cellar for the time being.
Juninho could also be an option. Although the Fire did not exercise their option to buy him after this loan spell, Rodriguez says that they have remained in contact with their representatives. Should he return, he would be another temporary solution, as his best days seem to be behind him.
The club isn’t focused purely on a CAM. With $1.2 million in MLS Funny Money, Rodriguez says they are planning to use that on a goalkeeper (San Iker anyone?), a center back and another central midfielder.
At the end of the day, let’s just hope the Fire uses their Funny Money wisely— but really, anyone but Alan Gordon.