The Fire have acquired Brazilian forward Gilberto off waivers from Toronto FC, the club announced Monday afternoon.
The news comes hours after the Montreal Impact procured Didier Drogba's MLS discovery rights from the Fire in exchange for a "substantial amount of targeted and regular allocation money" Sunday afternoon.
Those reports were verified, as the Men in Red acquired general and targeted allocation money in exchange for the Ivorian via a sign-and-trade deal with the Impact. Gilberto will occupy the Fire's third designated player spot, as the club opted to buy down Kennedy Igboananike's salary.
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"Gilberto is in the prime of his career and can immediately help our club push toward the MLS Cup Playoffs this year and for years to come," head coach Frank Yallop said in a press release. "We've been tracking Gilberto for some time now and knew he could become available due to Toronto FC's Designated Player situation. He's shown he can score goals in this league and we look forward to him joining our club here in Chicago.
"With regards to the trade, we felt this move was in the best interest of our club. We received a significant amount of allocation money from Montreal, giving us the spending flexibility to find another player in this window or down the line. We respect Mr. Drogba's professionalism throughout this process and wish him luck, but we are excited to welcome Gilberto to the club and move forward toward the MLS Cup Playoffs and the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals."
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After signing on with Toronto as a Designated Player on Dec. 13, 2013, Gilberto tallied seven goals and five assists in his rookie MLS season, starting 21 and appearing in 28 regular season matches overall in 2014.
The 26-year-old was then sent on loan to Brazilian Série A side CR Vasco de Gama on Feb. 20, where he failed to score in 890 minutes across 12 games. In 13 appearances during the team's run to the 2015 Rio de Janeiro state championship -- the Campeonato Carioca -- his nine goals spearheaded Vasco to glory in May.
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.
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.