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Did Nelson Rodriguez say the Fire went after Carlos Tevez?

Did Nelson Rodriguez say the Fire went after Carlos Tevez?

All the buzz around the Chicago Fire right now is obviously the signing of Bastian Schweinsteiger, but general manager Nelson Rodriguez offered a hint at another player that had their eyes on.

During this week's Fire Weekly, Rodriguez talked about landing impact offensive players in regards to Schweinsteiger and said the club was looking at multiple different players.

"You carry simultaneous tracks on a lot of players," Rodriguez said. "We looked at a different form of impact offensive player than Basti is. Some of those we lost out on. One we lost out on to China when he signed for $84 million. We're just not going to swim in those waters. There's no rational sense to that contract."

Naturally there aren't many players that signed for $84 million anywhere, let alone in China. By process of elimination, Rodriguez sure makes it sound like the Fire made some effort to acquire Carlos Tevez. The 33-year-old Argentine striker signed a huge deal with Shanghai Shenhua in December that was reported to be worth 84 million euros.

This isn't the first time Rodriguez has dropped a hint about other players they've targeted. At the team's season kickoff luncheon on Feb. 27, Rodriguez said the team had looked at a few players to fill the team's open designated player spot, which Schweinsteiger has now occupied.

"Two of the players that we had on our list, we didn't make offers for so I want to be clear the two players we were tracking, one signed in Mexico with a big club in Mexico and one went to China for big money so they're off our list," Rodriguez said then.

Speculation remains open as to who the player that signed in Mexico was, but what Rodriguez said on Wednesday indicates that Tevez was the player who went to China. This also indicates that the negotiations didn't progress very far if the Fire never made an offer to Tevez, but it does sound like the Fire at least 'looked at' adding Tevez.

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

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."

Fire Weekly to live stream Wednesday on CSNChicago.com

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Fire Weekly to live stream Wednesday on CSNChicago.com

Fire Weekly, presented by Private Bank, at the Heineken Pub97 will live stream on CSNChicago.com Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. The weekly show will also air later in the night at 10 p.m. on CSN Plus.

Fred Huebner, Frank Klopas and Paul Tenorio will lead the show from Fire Pitch. They will break down the season opener at Columbus and look ahead to the home opener Saturday against Real Salt Lake.

General manager Nelson Rodriguez will join them live to talk about the additions made in the offseason, how the 2017 roster came together, his views on the season ahead and what his plan is for the rest of the season and beyond.