Fire Sign Columbian Conde

Fire Sign Columbian Conde

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 21, 2007

In what seems to be a good solid push towards the post season, the Chicago Fire have gone out and signed another foreign player. Colombian international midfielder/defender Wilman Conde has signed with the Fire pending visa approval and an open roster spot.

The 24-year-old Conde has been with Millonarios in the Mustang Cup first division since the 2006 season, where he played under Fire head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. He is a native of Cali, Colombia and has represented his country at the U15, U17, U20, and U23 levels and has also played for Colombian clubs Aucas (2005), Deportivo Cali (2001-04), and Deportes Quindio (2000). Osorio brought Conde to Millonarios after the defender trained with Argentine club Tigre and Colombian side Real Cartegena through the beginning of the 2006 season.

It has been rumored for a few days that Osorio was looking to bring in one of his former players from Columbus and Conde was just that guy. Conde is young but seems to have plenty of solid experience. With a couple other Colombians in the league seeing success, Osorio is hoping for the same gold-mine in Conde that Dallas has in Juan Toja and New York in Juan Pablo Angel.

I think it is a solid move for the Fire who do need defensive help. Getting their defensive part of the midfield sured up will surely help their cause for the playoffs. Also being one of Osorio’s guys should help get him more accustomed to the club a bit quicker.

Chicago had to clear some space on the roster to make room for Conde by putting midfielder Willian Oliveira on waivers. Oliveria played in eight games, seeing four starts and one goal.

Thoughts on this move? Good or bad? Think it will help Chicago reach the playoffs?