17 July, 2010

Nery Castillo is the Chicago Fire DP

Well, no complete surprise. Didn't expect to see Mexico's equivalent to Matt Stairs in the shape of Blanco's 37yo beer gut coming back to MLS. Instead, the Fire decide to pick up 26yo Nery Castillo on loan for the rest of the season from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Fire are looking to jump start an offense that has been rather anemic (although their D has been pretty bad too). The loan has an option to buy, but unless Castillo really impresses, I don't expect them to do so.

Really, all Chicago tends to do is pick up players with little quality and a big name that appease the home fans (think a lot of Polish and Mexican fans) so this comes as no surprise to anyone.

In international play, Nery has put the ball in the net 6 times in 21 appearances. Recently, though, he has only found the net once and made only 20 appearances in the past 3 years with rumored problems of insubordination (such as refusing to give up a pk to a fellow teammate while with Shakhtar in 2007). Hopefully, he can play nice in Chicago, but only time will tell.

In the mean time, here are some highlights of what the guy is capable of:

Video: Gonzoproductions

1 comment:

  1. It all comes back around to Uruguay.

    Nery Castillo was born in Mexico when his father, a pro soccer player from Uruguay, was playing there professionally. At the age of 3 months, Nery Castillo moved to Uruguay where he lived until going pro at the age of 16 with Olimpiakos. So, technically, he is Uruguayan although he was born in Mexico and chose to play for them after being cut from Uruguay's U-17 team in 2001 and vowing never to play for Uruguay. Lived in Mexico a whopping 3 months.


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