Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Fire go Polish up top
by Ridge Mahoney, February 22nd, 2008 6:31AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS]It only took a few preseason games for Polish striker Tomasz Frankowski to land an MLS contract, giving the Fire what it lacked last season: a box striker capable of consistently putting away chances. That's the theory, anyway.

Frankowski, 33, is only 5-foot-7, 145 pounds, so he's basically a foreign version of Chris Rolfe. He led the Polish league in scoring three times, and netted 10 goals in 22 appearances for his national team, but stints with clubs in France, Japan, Spain and England never matched his success with Wizla Krakow, for which he scored 115 goals in 173 league appearances.

"Tomasz is a very experienced forward and we are excited to have him on the roster," said Fire coach Denis Hamlett in a press release announcing the transaction. "We saw a lot of positive play from Tomasz in Bradenton, he is clinical around the box and we feel he will fit in well with our system."

Frankowski scored two goals and Rolfe notched one in a 3-2 win against Columbus during the Fire's stay in Florida. Rookie midfielder Stephen King netted an equalizer in the 90th minute last weekend in a 1-1 tie with Kansas City, and Calen Carr scored Wednesday in a 1-1 tie against Toronto that concluded the team's stay in Florida.

Chicago heads to Mexico for three games on Monday having bolstered its forward corps with Andy Herron, whose rights the Fire reacquired in a trade with Columbus, joining returnees Chad Barrett, Floyd Franks, and Carr, and rookie Patrick Nyarko.

Frankowski has yet to receive his P-1 visa but when that formality is taken care off, one of the forwards may have to be excised from the 18-man senior roster, even though Nyarko is protected as a Generation Adidas player.

MLS teams must be roster and salary-cap compliant by March 3; the Fire plays the second game of their tour against Necaxa the following day.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Landon Donovan    
"I realized quickly I'm not a naturally energetic, outgoing, outspoken kind of person. I have pretty ...
MLS Countdown: Howard anxious for Rapids debut    
By some divine convergence, one of the best players to ever pull on a USA jersey ...
U.S. Open Cup: Struggling Fire and Sounders triumph    
The Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders, MLS's most successful clubs in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open ...
Datebook: Concacaf Champions League schedule    
Four of the five MLS clubs entered in the group stage of the 2016-17 Scotiabank Concacaf ...
Klinsmann's U.S. plans hamstrung by FIFA calendar    
After the USA fell to Argentina, 4-0, in the Copa Centenario semifinals, Jurgen Klinsmann reiterated his ...
TV Report: Cali Clasico hits 1 million mark on Univision    
Saturday's San Jose Earthquakes-LA Galaxy game on Univision -- the first game on the Spanish-language network ...
What They're Saying: Harry Redknapp    
"Knows what system? The losing system? He knows the losing formula?" -- Harry Redknapp on the ...
Video Pick: Roy Hodgson faces the press    
Roy Hodgson resigned as England coach immediately after his team was eliminated from Euro 2016 with ...
What They're Saying: Icelandic whale watching company North Sailing    
"It must be hard to lose against the smallest nation that has ever taken part in ...
U.S. Open Cup: Schedule    
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup's round of 16 begins Tuesday with two games, both involving ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives