MLS’s Free Agency window has been open as of last Wednesday, and it’s expected that the Fire will be sure to attempt to grab a couple of players as there are still a number of uncertainties about this roster. 

A Good Free Agency Window is Crucial

Every good MLS contender has several quality MLS vets, players who know the league’s style and tempo and can instantly make a difference. These players don’t need long periods of time to “settle” in the league and adjust to the different play. We have seen in the past that it can be an issue when foreigners come over and struggle to play in the environment, and some seem to never adapt. 

We’ve seen it with the Fire, Jairo Torres being the best example, a Liga MX rising star that seemed to just forget how to be involved in a goal once coming over here.

Jairo Torres

Meanwhile, plugging in an MLS player to the lineup that had similar stats as Jairo in Mexico would have resulted in a much more effective player, and would presumably come cheaper as well. 

The Fire are currently 150-1 longshots to win the MLS Cup next season, according to a sportsbook recommended by Some key free-agent signings could improve their chances. 

Free Agents the Chicago Fire Should be Interested In

Based on who I think could realistically help the Fire while also being a realistic landing destination, here are a couple of players I would love to see here in Chicago. 

Kellyn Acosta

I recognize what he’s said in the past about wanting to make the leap to European leagues and leave the MLS, but at 28, that boat may have sailed already. At 28 years old, he still has several quality years left in his career. It’s not very often you see a player make the big Europe move from MLS while they are IN their prime rather than BEFORE they’re in it.

And for that reason, I think the USMNT midfielder could very possibly still stay here and become a top option for lots of MLS teams. I think he would provide stability in the midfield and winning experience, and I hope to see us make a move on him. 

Julian Gressel

Quality fullback with vast MLS experience on very successful championship-winning teams and a Gutman-Gressel Fullback pair sounds amazing. He also brings versatility, as he has been used as a Right Mid, RWB, and RB.

Julian Gressel
Photo: Dirty South Soccer

Miles Robinson

A US International experienced player entering his prime and proven to be one of the best defensive players in the MLS, Miles is yet another player who has a chance to continue the MLS > Europe trend, but if he stays in the MLS, any team in the league will certainly enjoy his services.

Nico Lodeiro

A Sounder since 2016, Lodeiro is now a free agent following a very successful stay in Seattle. The 34-year-old Uruguayan CAM is the definition of a quality MLS vet, one that would benefit nearly all the teams in this league, but specifically the Fire. He would provide great leadership and mentoring to the younger guys, as well as bring winning experience. If he could come here on a cheap deal, I would love to see it. 

Nico Lodeiro
Photo: Seattle Sounders

Dax McCarty

He is a former Fire player and a key piece to the successful 2017 season; I think any Fire fan will be ecstatic to see him return to Chicago. He’s been in the league for a whopping 18 years, and during that time span, he was even good enough to earn himself some USMNT caps.

Of course, at 36 years old, he’s not exactly in his prime, but that didn’t stop him from being a starter on playoff time (Nashville) this previous season. 

This is just a small selection of players; the list can go on and on, and there are several players that would be beneficial to the team.

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