Fire add Dutch striker MacDonald as DP

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The Chicago Fire have added some punch to their attack, signing a Designated Player from Europe that is joining the club after spending the last three seasons in Belgium.

The Fire announced Tuesday that they signed Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald from Belgian Pro League side Germinal Beerschot AC. The 27-year-old scored 15 goals in 82 matches since joining the club in 2009, and his six-foot frame should give Chicago a target forward to compliment the likes of Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa.

"Sherjill is a goal scorer who can hold the ball up, attack with pace and is very technically sound," Fire head coach Frank Klopas said in a statement. "He has competed at a high level in Europe and will bolster our attack as we make a push toward the MLS Cup Playoffs."

MacDonald is expected to begin training with his new teammates on Tuesday morning at Toyota Park.

Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

What do you think of the Fire signing MacDonald? Think he will do well in MLS? Wishing it would have been a bigger name?

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89 Responses to Fire add Dutch striker MacDonald as DP

  1. THomas says:

    MacDonald? Doesn’t sound very dutch. Must be a typo, should be spelled Mcdjnald.

  2. J says:

    Well, at least he’s not 34.

  3. The Dude says:

    Uh, okay. Anyone see this ending well?

  4. assocfoot says:

    Is that really only 15 goals in 82 games as a striker in the second division in Belgium? He’s a DP for that? Am I missing something?

  5. Raul says:

    As a fire fan, I don’t wanna talk about it.

  6. Nick says:

    The only part you’re missing is that it will end up being a bad move. Wait, that’s foresight. Never mind you’re missing nothing. Good luck to this guy who’s being massively overpaid.

  7. NE Matt says:

    Holy Crap what a bad signing. Probably the worst DP in the league

  8. Joe+G says:

    I think it’s “Van Dijinald”.

  9. Joe+G says:

    I was kinda hoping for a Dexter Rosales signing.

  10. YO says:

    You have to remember that these DP’s are only called that because of transfer fee sometimes…I hope this was one of those times LMAO.

  11. CG says:

    Why not? I agree the signing doesn’t have the curb appeal that some other possibilities might, but I for one know little about him. Actually, I know nothing about him. I’d love to hear someone talk about it.

  12. Old School says:

    Obviously New York missed out on signing Sherjill Macdonald so they signed Tim Cahill as their back-up option.

    Advantage, Chicago.

  13. Lindsay Lohan says:

    DP for this guy? A 2nd division Belgian striker. No way

  14. Lindsay Lohan says:

    in league history to be exact

  15. Hamms says:

    Am I the only one who is having Collins John flashbacks already?

  16. TheFrenchOne says:

    i can already hear the “Cheryl” taunts, like when reggie miller visited madison square garden…

  17. Vic says:

    I guess there was no one available from the indoor or the beach soccer league as a DP so the Fire went for the next best option.

  18. chris says:

    hahahahhahaha what? I would rather have Klopas play a 18 year old Gulley than this overpaid scrub. Klopas does just enough to not get fired, hes average and thats all Chicago will be with him in charge.

    P.S. What happened to Barrouch

  19. gio says:

    Not gonna judge him before i see him play, but if i were the chicago fire i would have done everything to get Louis saha’s signature.

  20. TomM says:

    Van Der Nard?

  21. Gabe-RBNY says:

    First division in Belgium, but yeah I know what you mean

  22. el Greco says:

    when MacDonald tweeted weeks ago that he was coming to Chicago, Klopas said “Good for him.” Well, if this guy isn’t worth it – ie another Klopas bust like Nery, Collins John, etc — then it won’t be good for Klopas. almost 3 years after firing a coach for coming a PK shootout short of the MLS cup final, Klopas better have more to show at year’s end than “At least we made the playoffs.”

  23. alanmiller says:

    yeah, how does chicago end up with some 2nd division belgian striker (who can’t even seem to score regularly there) and NY gets tim cahill? if this kid does not light it up there is going to be hell to pay. certainly not going to create any excitement. seriously, second division in belgium???

  24. Oranje Mike says:

    He better shine for DP money. I don’t think any player in the Belgian 2nd division is worth a DP slot. Back around ’07, I was told Chicago made offers to Zidane, Nedved and Figo. All declined but at least Chicago put some effort in. This signing is nuts. Where is the effort?

  25. ViC El Paso Texas says:

    I repeat,if the Red Bull win MLS Cup with Henry-Cahill-“Marquez”, that will be two teams in a roll winning the MLS Cup with 3 fancy DPs and big cities of the US. So, will the other big cities or small market cities will finally spend money like Galaxy and Red Bull.
    1. Seattle what are they thinking, they can easily get 3 fancy DPs. Montero is a barbie.
    2. Chicago, sad story but I think their name does attract players and their stadium with a stage ufff
    3. Chivas USA should attack the Mexican high profile players and South American players
    4. Portland, Vancouver just open your wallets, its the NW
    5.Houston get your game on, why wait
    6. TFC Montreal should have no problem
    7. RSL open your wallets stingy coach
    8. CREW Fc Dallas Rapids San Jose= WTF
    9. SKC open wallet anytime now
    10. Boston and DC new stadium then will see
    11. Philly WTF no money or what
    12. When Cosmos join, it will be a higher salary cap and 4 dps per team for sure, cant wait

  26. Allen23 says:

    You must have forgot about Nery Castillo.

  27. Allen23 says:

    Barrouch started 1 game earlier this year and spent most of the time asking the ref for fouls. He has the size but not the touch to be a target forward. He is young and a work in progress, but so far he is lucky to be in the game day 18.

  28. assocfoot says:

    Thanks, I was confused when Franco didn’t call it the Jupiler league and assumed this team was 2nd division. I stand corrected but my shock is only slightly lessened…

  29. Patrick Starr says:

    im still trying to forget about Mustapha Jarju…

  30. Allen23 says:

    Wikipedia actually lists Puppo as a Fire DP. That can’t be right can it?

    As far as MacDonald goes, at least the Fire signed someone. Is there anything tougher than being a middle of the road team and watching those around you making big moves.

    Besides the Fire are so desperate for goals, he can’t really hurt the team.

    I like Oduro as much as anyone, but the league has figured him out. Keep a body on him and when he shoots he always goes low. Maybe he can be effective off of the bench.

  31. b says:

    “Please ignore my hyperbolic statement because apparently I have never heard of Mustapha Jarju”

  32. b says:

    First division, but congrats on being 2/2 with bad comments.

  33. chris says:

    wow youre comment is so dumb its impossible to ignore

  34. Steve the Arsonist says:

    When the Fire have been on this year, they’ve been tough. Since the beginning of the year we’ve been in need of another striker. The locker room has been good this year and players have been playing for each other. If due diligence was done, and there is a good chance it has been, the Fire may well have picked up solid on and off the field teammate who can take pressure/attention off Oduro and help those around him. The thing is, without the solid #10 (Grazzini) piece of the puzzle out there pulling the strings this move may not really matter nearly as much as it might of before Seba headed back home.
    This move may not due much unless Alex has an amazing run of instant development.

  35. b says:

    I don’t see how this is a bad move. The Fire have to do something just to stay in the playoff picture, and as the person above said, Oduro is not much of a threat.
    This dude plays in Belgium, first (not second) division. That’s not bad. Plus he’s only 27. The league needs more DPs like that (cough Ireland).

  36. Tom Soehn says:

    What was wrong with Mustapha Jarju?

  37. chris says:

    *your, now i look just as dumb

  38. Steve the Arsonist says:

    “due” much?

    Puppo is only technically a DP because of the way his rights figured into the signing. He, thankfully, is not pulling down DP cash himself.

  39. CSD says:

    I was curious where Collins John ended up after Chicago. Somehow he has made his way to Iran. At his last 6 clubs he has scored a total of 3 goals (all of which for the Fire).

  40. Sascha says:

    Nothing Tommy,at least he came flrom a top flight Belgian team (Mons)

  41. Garth says:

    This guy has an abysmal scoring ratio for a striker in a worse league. Rolfe as a midfielder has an equivalent goal scoring ratio.

    COME THE F ON FIRE. Definitely pleased with my decision not to renew my season tickets.

  42. MensreaJim says:

    I like how you manage to list RSL, Columbus, Dallas, Colorado, San Jose, and KC consecutively as teams that are doing it wrong. Take a look at these teams’ places in the rankings and/or recent MLS Cup finals.

  43. Sticky says:

    A forward with 15 goals in 3 seasons? Franco hits it spot on in the article: he’s “a target forward to compliment the likes of Patrick Nyarko and Marco Pappa.” Compliment not complement.

    “Nice ball, Patrick.”
    “Well struck, Marco.”
    And why not “My, you’re fast, Dom.”

  44. Modibo says:

    Hello, the Fire has a DP named Federico Puppo. Ever heard of him? Yeah, I thought so.

  45. THomas says:

    If he scores at a 5 goal a season pace he may only be paying compliments from the bench….oooooooooooooooooooooh

  46. ViC El Paso Texas says:

    whatever bimbo

  47. Robert Daniels says:

    SMH…I go on vacation starting 6PM, yet this signing still managed to put me in a bad mood

  48. Roy says:

    I just don’t see a positive to this. Grazzini offered creativity that is frequently lacking, but Fire lets him go. So they go with this guy after Cahill announcement. Really? Can you bore your fans anymore? There has to be someone the Fire can get who will excite fans and improve the team. I was much more excited about Rolfe returning than this new signing.

  49. Amru says:

    It seems we have some euro snobs working in mls front front offices. 15 goals in three seasons? Really?

  50. chris says:

    thanks for the info havent heard about him in a while

  51. euroman says:

    15 goals in 3 years; when will MLS learn, stupid, stpuid & stupid!

  52. fish says:

    first division

  53. fish says:

    first division. sheessshh, this has been covered like 10 times already

  54. Vic says:

    MLS revenue doesn’t support high paid DPs. Its nice of you to be generous with other people’s money.

  55. aaaaha noooo fire says:


    Second prize to Nery,

    Third to Jarju.

  56. ChiTownFireFan says:

    Well that answer’s the Puppo question. He has been loaned to Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting for the rest of the season. Still, this signing does not stir anything in this season ticket holder

  57. aaaaha noooo fire says:


  58. fischy says:

    Terminal Beer Shot? Sounds like fun.

  59. Joamiq says:

    But that would mean they paid a significant transfer fee for him, which doesn’t make this much better

  60. RLW2020 says:

    wow ppl are really negative about this! Not a great CV and not as great as Cahill and i guess the Chicago FO doesn’t have a great record but still has anyone ever seen him play?

  61. The Imperative Voice says:

    Jarju, Denilson, Luis Landin. Pre-dating DP but likewise way overpaid for value, Matthaus. One assumes he was paid an unusually high amount of money that would have triggered a DP in this era. [Before the player lawsuit the salaries weren’t necessarily public and MLS briefly flirted with a level playing field under the public knowledge salaries regime before arguably reverting back to the star system under the Beckham rule, ie, DP. But at least it’s done more on the table now.]

  62. The Imperative Voice says:

    At 12 goals last year 5 goals this I don’t think the league has figured him out. But he and Nyarko are both limited, speed-type players, and they could do better. Precarious spot in the standings, arguably, must do better.

    My comment would be that when Klopas starts saying he has speed, ummmm, how is he any different than what’s on hand? What they really need is a target man in the manner of McBride or Ching, to link the attack, not more speed players to run off and leave the midfielders. Between that and the lack of proven production is where I scratch my head.

    Is there a limit to what could be afforded? How much does Quaker pay a year and is the 15K attendance cutting it? The general impression is the salary effort has deteriorated from, say, Blanco. The DP blank check ain’t bein’ filled out with so many zeroes.

  63. The Imperative Voice says:

    If he was unused I think some people might cut him some slack on potential, but he’s played a lot for modest sides and scored equally modestly. If he doesn’t score for marginal EPL/league sides like WBA or minimally scores for Belgian teams like Anderlecht or Germinal, why should I expect different here (the teams he has scored for like Hereford are probably minor league equivalents here)? Took him 82 games to score 15 for Germinal. That’ll be like 5 goals a season here, assuming you equate Belgium to here. For DP money! You can get that and more from Will Bruin, Kenny Cooper, etc.

    Maybe he surprises but at his age and experience level, it would be a surprise for him to surprise.

  64. Allen23 says:

    Robayo’s Twitter seems to indicate he is leaving as well. TBD…

  65. Ryan says:

    Klopas isn’t Technical Director anymore. So this signing is on the front office: Petrei/Leon/Hauptman etc

  66. mikebsiu says:

    I’m a huge jupiler league fan and fire fan. This guy sucks. Red bulls get Cahill we get McDonald. What a joke, I’m so pissed right now

  67. devin says:

    You could find better on the dollar menu.

  68. frank from sf says:


  69. b says:

    Vic just destroyed Vic El Paso

  70. b says:

    “That’ll be like 5 goals a season here, assuming you equate Belgium to here.”

    Really? Or… OR. Or maybe Belgium is better than MLS??

  71. Fire says:

    Fire front office the worst in the league. They have no clue on talent. 3 years and counting for a retool when RSL and SKC take 2 years to become excellent. Toronto at least buy talent even if their team is poor. I notice that Klopas’s take on Macdonald is similar, if not identical, to what he said about Puppo, fast, good movement blah blah.

  72. Jay says:

    I have no idea how the Fire can’t attract a high profile DP. It’s the third biggest market in the city with a huge Mexican population. This is a club that recently had Ljungberg and Blanco. Getting Pardo and Friedrich to play for them on non DP deals is great but they need to make a splash and get someone like Ballack or Lampard.

  73. Roger says:

    I bet he’ll do better than half of the DP’s to ever sign. The MLS gets a young DP and you guys are still complaining. Ya bunch babies! Lol

  74. Rich says:

    Steve hit the nail on the head. The team has great chemistry and up until Grazzini left another striker was all that was needed. In the past month everyone can see that Alex is talented but not able to create and make that final pass to set up a quality scoring opportunity. Sebastian’s absence has brought our offense to a screeching halt. I agree with Steve…without a solid #10 this engine is stalled.

  75. Victor says:

    Our team/owner/coach are a joke. Honestly this guy as a DP? They said he’s a scorer when introducing him and only 15 goals in 82 games or whatever, that’s so bs. We actually paid a transfer fee for this guy to. Our owner said we’d spend Keane type of money on a player if he fit the team, well we are struggling and need a marquee player and we bring this in. I hate our stadium and its location, I hate our owner and I hate our coach. Please sell them and move out.

  76. Scott e Dio93 says:

    MLS really needs change some the DP rules. To be a DP: no low transfers (only transfer over 500k), DP’s salary to be 600k & up, name value or higher performer in respectful league, marketing, & good stats. This guy has none of these qualities, just devalue the idea of a DP.

  77. galloway84 says:

    Add Mista, Koke, Nkufo, Boskovic, Jefferson and Geovanni to that list. Pre DP era, the Fire had Pascal Bedrossian (France Div 2).

  78. Clayton says:

    Nor does it have any appeal

  79. jmadsen says:

    oh dear. Collins and this MacDonald were teammates at Roeselare in 2009

  80. BOHAWK says:


  81. mike says:

    he gone!

  82. Mike says:

    thought that myself, one word to shout out Grazini!!!

  83. otergod says:

    not a significant amount, so long as the salary he makes with Chicago and the transfer fee puts him over the DP price tag. Therefore if he makes $150k and Chicago paid more then $200k for him he’d be listed as a DP. Next summer he’ll no longer be listed as a DP.

  84. otergod says:

    just like MacDonald, Puppo was only listed as a DP b/c the fire paid a transfer fee. Puppo isnt a bad player, simply isnt the correct type of player to play in Franks 4-5-1.

  85. otergod says:

    Steve, you did a great job on that post. With the acquisition of Alex and Rolfe, the fire have 2 weapons to build upon. Shame we didnt keep Grazzini and we are about to lose Pappa as well. In the end, the Fire need to stop playing with 2 dmids and play two strikers. People bag on Oduro but to be fair he’s been isolated and left to play the target (a role that doesnt fit his strengths).

    remove Pause or Pardo and start MacDonald up top with Oduro with Alex, Nyarko and Rolfe filling the midfield (with Pause/Pardo behind them), and you’ll have a team that can compete. MacDonald (or any striker for that matter) will open space for Oduro to run off and get behind the defense. In all honesty the players havent been the biggest problem, but rather the formation.

  86. otergod says:

    for being 29-30 and having played 31 games (according to transfermkt)Grazzini didnt seem to be the best pick up in the world. However, now fire fans are pissed that we are losing him.

  87. otergod says:

    “Toronto at least buy talent even if their team is poor”

    And how well has that worked out for them? The Fire are 7 points behind NY and it only takes a string of wins (which the fire have accomplished this season) to catch up to top of the east. I would argue while the team is not where we want it to be that some Fire fans are merely clinging onto their past success a bit too tightly. Teams shift, raise and fall. LA missed out on 3 straight Playoffs before becoming a dominant team in MLS. I’m not saying Chicago will follow suit, but it’s far more likely that teams will continue to be average in MLS as there can only be a couple “Dominant” teams a season

  88. matt says:

    how is frank rost not the worst dp ever?