Castillo's fiesty attitude fits right into Chicago tradition

Fire's Brown says Nery is similar to Nowak, Blanco and Stoitchkov

BRIDGEVIEW Ill. – Fire Designated Player Nery Castillo isn’t one to hold
back.  Ever.

The 26-year-old forward is already legendary for his spats
with the Mexican media, his sometimes tenuous relations with teammates and
managers, and his fiery nature.

Normally, those qualities would be perceived as potential
pitfalls for a big-money signing. But
that’s not how the Fire are viewing things. In fact, the team is embracing the "intense" attitude of its newest acquisition. 

“He’s a player that has a strong personality and a strong
temper,” said Fire head coach Carlos de los Cobos. “That is going to strengthen our team and
help us out a lot. This is our first
step in a positive way for the Chicago Fire.”

Castillo’s controversial personality certainly could do good
things for the Fire. The team has lacked
a certain bite on the field this season, something that is not indicative of
the organization’s history. Castillo
could bring that sting back to Chicago. 

“I think it’s going to be great,” Fire defender C.J. Brown
said when asked about the impact Castillo’s attitude would have on the
team. “You always want somebody with a
little attitude and hopefully he can spark it on the field ... that’s what we were always

"We fought when we needed to fight
and we played when we needed to play," Brown continued. "[Cuauhtémoc] Blanco had the same type of attitude, [Hristo] Stoitchkov
same attitude, [Peter] Nowak same attitude so I think it’s good for us.”

But a return to a rough and tumble attitude will mean little
to the Fire if Castillo can’t produce on the field – where he’ll ultimately be

Sam Stejskal covers the Chicago Fire for  He can be reached at