The Chicago Fire will be featuring a star Mexican as its Designated Player this season, but it won't be Cuauhtemoc Blanco.
It will be someone younger, and someone with a track record of scoring goals.
The Fire announced Mexican international Nery Castillo as its new Designated Player on Saturday. The well-traveled striker joins Chicago after an unsuccessful loan stint with Ukrainian club Dnipro. The 26-year-old striker has played for Olympiakos, Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City in recent years, but has yet to fulfill the potential he flashed as a standout for Mexico and Olympiakos as far back as 2007.
Castillo enjoyed his best period with Olympiakos, but a big-money transfer to Shakhtar Donetsk has lead to goal-less stints with Shakhtar, Manchester City and Dnipro. His lack of playing time at Dnipro led to him being excluded from Mexico's World Cup squad.
What do you think of the Fire's signing? Glad Chicago didn't bring back Blanco? Think Castillo can make an impact in Chicago?
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