Chicago Fire have pulled the trigger and secured the services of Sinama Pongolle for the next four months as they looked to see whether or not the former Liverpool misfit can reignite his career.
The 29-year-old has signed a short, four-month deal, that will see him battle for a starting spot at the Fire, who are languishing down in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.
It is understood that the deal will last until the 31st December, and if Sinama Pongolle impresses, his contract could be extended to a two-year MLS deal.
The move to bring him on board is just another step in Chicago Fire's overall process on reviewing the Frenchman's current ability and potential going forward.
Initially, Fire Technical Director Brian Bliss revealed last month that the former Liverpool striker was training with the MLS side with a view to a permanent deal.
At the time, Bliss spoke of Pongolle's ability and excitement at the opportunity to work with the former French bright light.
“Florent’s a guy with a good resume who is currently without a team,” Bliss told Chicago-Fire.com. “He’ll be getting a look with us in training over the next week as we explore roster development opportunities going forward.”
Obviously the trial period that Pongolle endured went well, with Chicago clearly deeming Sinama up to standard for their MLS efforts for the rest of the season.
And the move to MLS is just another destination after an array of travelling across the globe for Sinama during his career.
Once seen as a promising player in the French youth system, Pongolle burst onto the scene when he won the Golden Boot and Golden Ball when France won the 2001 FIFA under-17's World Cup.
He has played for clubs in Portugal, France, Spain and Russia, but it is his five-year stint at Liverpool for which he is most well known.
Chicago is just the latest chapter in an unusual career for the Frenchman, with Fire fans looking forward to seeing the pocket dynamo in action.
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