Chicago Fire Acquire Gilberto Off Waivers: Welcome Back Gil, Maybe It’s Really Your Time To Shine!
It was inevitable wasn’t it? That Gilberto would come back to MLS but in no way would he be able to come back to Toronto FC – Core DP or no. And well, he’s baaaack (in pog form!). After rumblings the past few days that things had soured at Vasco de Gama – not to mention his lack of production of late – there came talk that he was looking to return to MLS. What we didn’t know was that Vasco had terminated the loan and that he was indeed on his way; but of course TFC already have the league maximum of three DPs so he had to put on waivers. As Chicago is last in the league – ooh, being in the basement has some upsides! – they are first at the top of the waiver pile…Plus the league just let Didier Drogba go to Montreal for a pile (we assume it’s a pile) of Garberbucks, so off to the Windy City goes Gil. It’s Gil’s time to shine!
There’s no predicting what effect Gilberto will have on the Fire; they’re a team that is in a season long freefall, with coach Frank Yallop the favourite to win the sack race. But they are desperately in need of help; with Magic Mike McGee just recently back from injury and Harry Shipp nowhere near the form he had last season. Is Gil the answer? Quite possibly – it will depend on whether he can regain the form he had earlier in the year and doesn’t have the same adjustment period as he did last season.
I of course am happy to see him back, but not to a rival – I was/am a fan of his (I wrote this when he left) and I think that TFC cast him aside for newer, shinier toys as they often have in the past. So to that end I hope he lights it up and does as well as Matias Laba has been doing for the Whitecaps; though it pains me everytime I see him in something other than TFC red. Welcome back Gil, hope those wolves are long gone.
Still the best thing ever