Chicago Fire: Federico Puppo
Chicago Fire forward Federico Puppo has been loaned to Defensor Sporting Club in Uruguay, the Fire announced on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old Puppo had one goal and one assist in 12 games, including two starts, for the Fire. He joined the team on the Jan. 11 after playing for Danubio FC in Uruguay.
“This loan is an opportunity to provide Federico with more consistent playing time,” Fire coach Frank Klopas said in a statement. “Defensor is a top team in Uruguay, having won the 2012 Clausura. We look forward to keeping a close eye on his progress while he is playing in Montevideo.”
Puppo’s departure opens an international player slot for Dutch forward Sherjill MacDonald, which the Fire signed on Tuesday.
The Fire pressured early and Pappa took the ball off the foot of Federico Puppo at the top of the 18-yard box and unleashed a curling shot past Louisville goalkeeper Zach Torp into the upper left corner of the goal.
Fire goalies Sean Johnson and Paolo Tornaghi combined for the shutout.
Newly acquired Fire defender Arne Friedrich, playing for the first time in over six months, went 88 minutes in his debut.
The Fire return to league play against the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday, April 15.
An offseason of turnover continued for the Chicago Fire on Wednesday with the team's announcement that it had signed Uruguayan striker Federico Puppo.
“Federico Puppo is a player we’ve kept an eye for the past few seasons,” said Fire head coach Frank Klopas. “He is a smart forward who moves well off the ball and finishes in front of the goal. His addition helps us to strengthen our attacking core. We are excited to get all of these guys into camp and begin putting in the work on the field.”
Puppo, 25, will join the Fire from the Primera División Uruguaya club Danubio F.C. He scored two goals in ten matches with Danubio.
Puppo was a member of the Uruguay team that played in the 2011 Pan American Games held in Guadalajara. He scored a goal in appearances in that tournament.