Fire To Sign Wanchope

Fire To Sign Wanchope

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 24, 2007

Looks as though I missed this yesterday while I was out but Chicago has seem to land another impressive foreign striker to go along with Blanco and the injured Chris Rolfe. Costa Rican forward Paolo Wanchope, 30, is set to sign with the Chicago Fire sometime this week once a physical and all the paperwork takes place.

Wanchope has been rumored in the past to sign with an MLS club, most notably the Red Bulls back in the off-season.

For those who aren’t familiar with Wanchope, he is a very good striker with some gas left in the tank, I would say. He started off his career with Derby County, where he scored 28 goals in 83 games before being sold to West Ham United and then later to Manchester City. The last year or so he has bounced around a couple clubs but has been very important to the Costa Rican national team where he is second all-time in goals scored with 45 goals in 72 games.

Some may remember two goals that he netted against in last summer’s World Cup in the 4-2 loss to Germany.

Questions surround his health as he does carry a bad knee with him. If all is good there though this could be quite an attacking combination for the Fire who aren’t all that far away from a playoff spot still. But my questions still remains, why aren’t they improving that defense any?