Ok Club America fans your man is coming to MLS!
Cuahutemoc Blanco will join the Chicago Fire in the summer as the third designated player signed by Major League Soccer following David Beckham in LA and Claudio Reyna in New York. It’s no secret that the three largest media centers and cities in MLS would be the first to pull the trigger on the designated player.
Blanco will join the Fire in the summer after completing the season with Club America in Mexico.
Yesterday Blanco displayed his talents in a 2-0 victory over Quetaro in Mexican League play. Blanco set up Salvador Cabanas beautifully for a second goal and reminded me of his wonderful attacking ability.
His move to MLS has to be applauded, Blanco is taking risk or is he?
If he succeeds and can be as dominant in MLS as in the Mexican League he will certainly leave a better impression than Carlos Hermosillo, Luis Hernandez (who was always looking for the next party) and Jorge Campos.
Fact is will he take the league seriously? Fans will demand alot of “their hero” and he will put people in seats and could be the platform to convert more Mexican League fans.
Head coach Dave Sarachan of the Fire will be challenged to manage Blanco. He will need to sourround him with the right players to put him in a position to succeed. An aging Chris Armas will need to be supported by a more mobile partner in midfield presuming Blanco plays in the “hole’ behind a striker or two.
Blanco will not find MLS easy, and will get less time on the ball as opposed to the Mexican League where defending at times can be naive.
The Fire needed a spike in a tough sports market to crack and they will get it from Blanco when he arrives initially.