Chicago Fire confirm interest in ex-Liverpool misfit Sinama Pongolle

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Chicago Fire Technical Director Brian Bliss confirmed on Wednesday that French international and former Liverpool misfit, Florent Sinama Pongolle, is going to train with the Fire. have reported that the former Liverpool striker, who was most recently a member of Russian side FC Rostov, could be on the verge of signing for the MLS side.

Fire opportunity

Confirming the reports, Fire coach Bliss spoke about Pongolle in a glowing fashion and suggested that will be a future for the 29-year-old in Chicago.

“Florent’s a guy with a good resume who is currently without a team,” Bliss told “He’ll be getting a look with us in training over the next week as we explore roster development opportunities going forward.”

The initial report on Tuesday that broke the news of a possible US adventure for the former Liverpool player said that Pongolle was on the verge of engaging in talks with the Fire.

And that report is getting closer to becoming true now that Bliss has come out and confirmed Chicago's interest.

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Stalled career

Sinama Pongolle was a promising player during his youth. Pongolle burst onto the youth international scene when he won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball when France won the 2001 FIFA under-17's World Cup.

The Frenchman has played for clubs in England, Portugal, France, Spain and Russia during his career, with an appearance for the France senior team in 2008 providing his most impressive moment.

Despite being billed as one of FC Rostov's most important players ahead of last season, Pongolle's year was disrupted after he suffered a knee injury.

It remains to be seen whether or not the former great hope of French football can reinvent himself with his next move. But one thing's for sure, Chicago fans would love to see the pocket dynamo in a Fire jersey.

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