Chicago not expected to throw ‘very gifted’ signing Grazzini into fire right away


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New Chicago Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini arrived in Chicago on Friday morning. The Argentine playmaker will be available for selection for Saturday's game against Portland, though head coach Frank Klopas doubts he'll play that soon.

"I'm not counting it out, but it would be really difficult," Klopas said.

Grazzini should play in Tuesday's reserve game against Kansas City then Saturday against Manchester United. The Fire then have a nine-day break that includes the All-Star Game before they play Philadelphia.

"It’s good because we do have a break a little bit," Klopas said. "We do have some games we can get him into right away and that gives him some time to learn the players a little bit and to give the players a chance to know him. So the timing is perfect."

Grazzini last played for Club Atletico All Boys in Argentina after making stops in Belgium, Italy, and Spain. Chicago will be Grazzini's 10th team. His most prolific stint was with Serie D Italian side Sestrese, where he scored 22 goals in 45 games.

The Fire have been looking for a consistent playmaking midfielder to play underneath the forwards since the departure of Cuauhtémoc Blanco after the 2009 season.

Nery Castillo, a Designated Player signing last year, proved to be a bust, but Klopas thinks Grazzini can fill that void.

"He's a player that's technically very gifted," Klopas said. "He can make that final pass, he can create opportunities off the dribble for himself. He's got a great shot from the outside and he’s very accurate on dead ball situations. He's just a quality player."

Though he didn't give a definitive answer either way, Klopas didn't miake it sound like the Fire will make any additions for the rest of the season.

"I don't think this is a time, for me at least, when you make too many changes," Klopas said. "There's got to be consistency with the players you have. If you keep changing all the time, that's not going to happen."

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17 Responses to Chicago not expected to throw ‘very gifted’ signing Grazzini into fire right away

  1. strider says:

    Seems reasonable to me. Give the guy a chance to get his feet on the ground in Chicago.

  2. NE Matt says:

    LMAO prolific in Serie D?!?!?!

    Thats a sad excuse for DP tag.

  3. Paul C says:

    You have to respect someone who tore it up in Serie D.

  4. Raul says:

    hes not a DP

  5. abm says:

    What makes you think this guy is a DP? Making stuff up…

  6. Creepy Old Man says:

    All boys huh, personally I prefer young boys.

  7. mistadobolina says:

    i had no idea there was a Siere D. hopefully he has something to prove.

  8. Colin says:

    Apparently you’ve never heard of Terza Categoria, the 10th and lowest level of the Italian leagues.

  9. Jamie Z. says:

    “Into the Fire.” I see what you did there.

  10. chris says:

    Hahahahahaha Serie D. Klopas is so bad at scouting he needs to go if chicago want to actually win.

  11. CSD says:

    I would get him on the field ASAP. His resume indicates he won’t be around for long.

  12. ChiTownFire says:

    He played in the Argentine 1st division, that’s a good league.

  13. topher says:

    thanks soccercleats!

  14. Cheapo says:

    He better get some experience or Fire isnt going anywhere

  15. Alex says:

    hahaha wth this guy makes me laugh jjst randomly butts in and talks abouy players soccer cleats xD

  16. Plex the Robot says:

    Oh great, another thirty-something hobbling around on the field. Didn’t the Fire learn anything from the Wanchope fiasco? Too many times have the Fire picked up some ancient foreigner just good enough to hide a plaguing injury that will manifest itself a few games down the road. As stated earlier, MLS-The Country for Old Men.

  17. Andy Zilis says:

    He had some success in Argentina and the Fire is in desperate need of a central attacking mid, so I’m not seeing a problem with this signing. Might not work out, but that’s the case with any signing. If he does work, the Fire could turn into a playoff-caliber team.