GM Nelson Rodriguez says Fire are searching for 'another impact player'


Even though the season has started, the Chicago Fire's roster might still get some tweaks.

General manager Nelson Rodriguez was the guest on Fire Weekly on Wednesday and gave some information on moves that could happen in the near future.

Rodriguez said the team will not make a move as a direct result of John Goossens' injury, but has some flexibility in making an addition.

"We have been looking," Rodriguez said. "We have reserved salary cap space and MLS resources to bring in another player. We have been searching for what we call another impact player, someone who can help us more on the attacking side of the ball. Preferably a more experienced player still, but we have some options and we'll keep looking."

While Rodriguez mentioned an attacking player, he did add that the Fire could use some reinforcement defensively.

"We're light in numbers and can use some cover in some different spots in the back line," he said.

In other news, Rodriguez said third-year midfielder Collin Fernandez, 20, will go on a season-long loan to new USL affiliate Tulsa. The Fire scrimmaged against Tulsa on Monday with a lineup of players who did not log many minutes in the season opener two days prior. Other logical candidates for a loan move include rookies Stefan Cleveland and Matej Dekovic, but for now Fernandez is the only loan that has been confirmed. Tulsa begins its season on March 25.


"With all of our loans we always have the ability to recall, but the plan for Collin is go there, get your games, prove yourself, get your minutes," Rodriguez said. "If he's crushing it and we have a need, we can bring him back."