By FRANCO PANIZO
The Chicago Fire may have been unlucky in their pursuit of Jermaine Jones this summer, but that still did not prevent the club from bolstering its squad ahead of the roster freeze deadline.
The Fire announced on Tuesday that they have signed French forward Florent Sinama Pongolle. The 29-year-old most recently played for FC Rostov in Russia. The signing comes days before MLS’s Sept. 15 deadline on player acquisitions.
“Florent is a quality player with experience playing in some of the top leagues in Europe,” said Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop in a statement. “Since he’s been training with us for the past few weeks, we’ve been able to see first-hand the attributes he has. I’m pleased that we were able to add him to the squad as we enter the final stretch of the regular season.”
Sinama Pongolle, who earned one cap with France back in 2008, has played for a number of clubs since beginning his professional career with Premier League heavyweights Liverpool in 2001. Some of the teams he has suited up for include Atletico Madrid, Blackburn Rovers, Sporting CP and Saint-Etienne.
He becomes the latest attacking weapon on the Fire, joining the likes of Mike Magee and Quincy Amarikwa in a summer that saw Chicago lose out on Jones.
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