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Diego Chaves’ Uncertain Future with the Chicago Fire: Fan View
A recent interview with Diego Chaves reveals that his future with the Chicago Fire remains uncertain. In a conversation with FutbolMLS.com on Dec. 27, Chaves admits that he is not certain about staying with the team in 2012. It seems that the Chicago Fire may be exploring other options for the position of forward.
Diego Chaves mentions that his contract with the Chicago Fire expires on Dec. 31. He has not received any information on a renewal or his future with the team. Meanwhile, head coach Frank Klopas has been busy with a scouting trip in Europe to find new talent. Klopas has pointed out that the team is searching for additional help in the midfield and forward sections.
Is the Chicago Fire getting rid of Diego Chaves? Although the team has not made an official announcement, Chaves does not sound optimistic in his interview with MLS. He states that the current situation is "bastante complicado" or quite complicated. Diego Chaves also adds that it could be discarded or "descartado." He mentions other teams are interested in acquiring him, so the Chicago Fire may be letting go of one of their strikers.
Mixed Results with the Fire
Diego Chaves was a new acquisition for the 2011 season. The Uruguayan player spent his first year in MLS with the Chicago Fire. By the end of the season, he scored a total of six goals and played in 29 games. In the beginning, I admit he seemed like the answer to Chicago's forward problems. The promising combination of Diego Chaves and Gaston Puerari, his former teammate, should have changed the team's direction. Unfortunately, something was always lacking and remained unfulfilled. The Chicago Fire sold Puerari to Club Atlas in June, and Chaves may also be leaving.
Sad to See Him Leave
Despite the mixed results of the 2011 season, it is still sad to consider losing Diego Chaves. Making 6 goals out of 49 shots is not the best ratio, but he does have potential. It is also important to consider that Chaves suffered several injuries in 2011 that had in impact on his performance. I hope the Chicago Fire extend his contract because finding a good replacement will not be easy.
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Lana follows MLS, UEFA and FIFA. She has been a faithful fan of the Chicago Fire since 1998. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter .
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