Wanchope To Chicago

Luis Arroyave is reporting on his blog 'The Red Card' that Costa Rican strike Paulo Wanchope is close to signing with the Chicago Fire. Fire general manager John Guppy, while not confirming Wanchope by name, said there was a "99.9 percent done deal" in the works and the only hurdle left to clear was the player's physical, to take place on Tuesday.

Wanchope, 30, spent 1996-2004 in England, playing with the likes of Derby County, West Ham and Manchester City. He has most recently spent time with FC Tokyo, a team that competes in the J League. But upon being released, it appears that the Fire have pounced on the Costa Rican international.
His most successful stint came at Manchester City, with the striker scoring 28 goals in 75 appearances. On the national scene, Wanchope has an impressive 45 goals to his name in just 72 appearances. His two goals in the opening game of the 2006 World Cup made him the first Costa Rican ever to score more than one goal in the sport's biggest tournament.

Paired with new signing Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the Chicago Fire will have an offensive punch that rivals the best in the league. With two experienced forwards, this team should crawl out of the cellar and back into contention in the Eastern Conference under new head coach Juan Carlos Osorio.


Anonymous said...

If after 2 goals in 12 games with FC Tokyo and not being able to crack the starting 11 towards the end. I am not sure how much he will actually help, especially if FC Tokyo was so willing to discard him.

Anonymous said...

well who knows how much help he had there and how motivated he was to play, with blanco in chicago it gives him someone that can feed him balls all day and god knows he can't be any worse than what the fire has running up top now