Cháves To Start For Fire

Newly signed Uruguayan striker Diego Cháves will be a starter for the Chicago Fire this season, according to technical director Frank Klopas.

“He’s someone that’s definitely going to be a starting player,” Klopas told on Tuesday. “We lost a couple forwards [this offseason] and he’s one of the main players that is going to replace those pieces.”

Cháves, 25, comes to the Fire following a short stint with Uruguayan power Nacional. The speedy forward previously played for Uruguay’s Montevideo Wanderers and Mexican clubs Querétaro and Veracruz. He also briefly played with new Fire signing – and fellow Uruguayan – Gastón Puerari while at Wanderers.

The 5-foot-10 forward has scored 31 goals in 127 appearances during his seven-year professional career.

“He’s a No. 9-type player who has very good feet and who is very good in the air,” Klopas said. “He’s got a good nose for goal, too. He fits in well with our league. He’s very competitive and strong as a player. You can play through him, he’s able to hold the ball and attack players and he can bring players into the play.”

Sam Stejskal covers the Chicago Fire for Email him at and follow him on Twitter @samstejskal.

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