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Gastón Giménez trains with the Chicago Fire for the first time

He joins the team a day after fellow Argentinian designated player Ignacio Aliseda

Gastón Giménez at his first Chicago Fire training session
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That’s two new designated players arriving in the last two days for Chicago Fire FC.

A day after we reported that Ignacio Aliseda had joined his new Fire teammates at the club’s Bridgeview training facility, fellow Argentinian Gastón Giménez practiced for the first time today. Both players are now eligible to join Raphael Wicky’s team for this weekend’s match against the New England Revolution, although it’s unclear if either will make the roster after such a short amount of time with the club.

The Fire are still waiting on the arrivals of right back Boris Sekulić and attacking midfielder Luka Stojanović, although Wicky said he expects them to be here soon.

“This is a process,” Wicky told Hot Time in Old Town. “A lot of the players will be coming in the next days, and it will take some time, but we are on the right track. We all feel that.”

Wicky said despite the late loss to the Sounders, there were a lot of positives to take away from the last match.

“We were very disappointed losing in the 93rd minute, but overall we had a good game,” Wicky said. “A lot of good things against the defending champions on their home turf, which is never easy to play there. But, we did a lot of things well. There were things to do better, which we told the team about, but there were a lot of things which give us confidence, which we can keep building in practice.”

Other Chicago Fire news:

New player jersey numbers: Aliseda will wear number 7, Giménez takes the 30 shirt, Miguel Navarro will wear 6, Sekulić will be number 2, and Stojanović will wear number 8.

WGN-TV & ESPN+: Tomorrow marks the first Fire match of the season on WGN-TV, with Tyler Terens and Tony Meola on the call. It’ll be the same crew, but note that the pre-match coverage starts at 12:15 p.m. CT on ESPN+, while WGN will start coverage at 12:30.