Chicago Fire bring in former Southampton forward Guly Do Prado

The Chicago Fire‘s busy offseason continues as the club have announced the signing of former Southampton forward Guly Do Prado.

The 33-year-old Brazilian is the third international striker to join the Fire this offseason after Ghanaian striker David Accam and Nigerian forward Kennedy Igboananike were also brought in to play for the Men in Red.

Do Prado can play as the main striker or out wide and his versatility in the final third is one of the key reasons Chicago head coach Frank Yallop wanted to bring him in.

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“Guly is a versatile, attacking player,” he said. “I’m pleased to add someone with his experience to strengthen our corps of attack-minded players.”

After spending four years with Southampton in England, Do Prado has been without a club for seven months as he was released at the end of his contract last summer.

But he was a fan favourite at St Mary’s as he was a key part of the squad that saw the club’s meteoric rise to the Premier League with back-to-back promotions in 2011 and 2012.

He made a total of 118 appearances for the Saints, scoring 23 goals and now will look to shine in Major League Soccer with what will be an exciting Chicago Fire team in 2015.

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“I’m really excited to join the Fire,” said Do Prado. “After playing at the top level in the United Kingdom, I wanted to make the right decision for the next chapter of my career.

“After meeting with head coach Frank Yallop, I feel this is a good move and I’m looking forward to joining the club and showing the Fire fans what I’m about.”

He is the ninth addition to the Chicago Fire roster this offseason and the club will be expecting to make a real push for the playoffs this year, having not made them in the past two years.

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