RedBulls v Fire: A Few Thoughts

August 9, 2010 — by Sean

Having watched a good portion of last night’s Designated Player matchup I am again reminded that while individuals can make an impact in moments, it’s the whole team that wins or loses a game. Obvious stuff, but easy to forget when the hype swirl around Henry, Marquez, Angel, Ljungberg and Castillo would have you think we were about to see these 5 guys play between themselves in some sort of Yuen Woo-ping gravity defying super-powered action.

Henry left early with a groin strain, not good but probably just being cautious. But he hadn’t done a ton before that anyway, though it’s not entirely his fault. He had poor service, and Marquez, for as calm as he was interrupting play and delivering the ball to the wings, couldn’t quite deliver a 50 yard pass to his striker’s foot. There looked to be loads of open space in the middle of the red bulls attack with no one willing to manage the area, while the Fire came forward well with their latest DP, Freddie Ljungberg.


Chicago Fire Sign Nery Castillo

July 18, 2010 — by Sean2

26 year old attacker Nery Castillo (aka “the Brow” is moving from Greece to Chicago under the DP rule. He had a run around at Man City a couple years back, but broke a shoulder, lost all his playing time, and went back to Greece and Olympiakos, where he’d played the previous 7 seasons. He did well there, too:

Castillo made his professional debut at age 16 with Greek club Olympiakos FC in 2000. Castillo tallied 30 goals and played in 105 games for Olympiakos from 2000 to 2007, winning four Greek Super League Championships and two Greek Cups.

He’s a versatile attacker who can operate on the wings or in center, though he’s not entirely fit these days. Don’t get too used to him, fans. If he can find his form and fitness again he’ll be back in Europe for certain.