Fire sign Mexican veteran Franco

Fire sign Mexican veteran Franco

MLS- Chicago Fire

Fire sign Mexican veteran Franco

Franco (ISI)

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The Chicago Fire are climbing up the Eastern Conference standings, but they are not standing pat prior to this weekend's roster freeze deadline.

The Fire signed 35-year-old Mexican forward Guillermo Franco on a free transfer Friday, adding the World Cup veteran as another attacking option after the team loaned forward Orr Barouch to Israeli side Bnei Yehuda on Thursday. The well-traveled Franco was most recently with Pachuca after stops at Velez Sarsfield, West Ham, Villarreal, Monterrey and San Lorenzo in his native Argentina. 

"(Franco) has a wealth of international playing experience and will be a great asset as we look to strengthen our squad for a potential MLS Cup playoff run," Fire coach Frank Klopas said in a statement.

Franco, who played for Mexico in both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and scored the final goal in Mexico's 5-0 triumph over the United States in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, becomes the latest Mexican international to play for Chicago after past Fire players Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Nery Castillo and current Fire midfielder Pavel Pardo. 

What do you think of the signing? Do you think Franco still has something left in the tank to contribute to the Fire's postseason run?

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