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Fire fall to Revolution, acquire Mexican forward

Fire fall to Revolution, acquire Mexican forward

Saturday, July 17, 2010
8:30 PM

By Tony Andracki
CSNChicago.com

The Fire did not wait long to begin their bounce-back after a 1-0 SuperLiga loss to New England Saturday at Toyota Park, announcing after the game that it had acquired Nery Castillo as a Designated Player.

Castillo is a 26-year-old forward from Shakhtar Donetsk, a Ukranian team, and may become a permanent resident of Chicago as the Fire have an option for a permanent transfer.

He is expected to be ready to join Chicago next week and will be eligible to play in next Sunday's road tilt against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Castillo, a San Luis Potosi, Mexico, native, made 12 appearances for the Shakhtar Donetsk through 2009 and 21 appearances for Mexico's national team since 2007.

The Fire have lost four straight games, but will return to action looking for a win against Pumas UNAM on Tuesday.

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

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@JTHAZZARD

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

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USA TODAY

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.