Striker Chris Rolfe returns to Fire fold
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media April 16, 2012 10:22PM
Chris Rolfe had played in Denmark the last three seasons. Rolfe scored 40 goals for the Fire from 2005-09. | Brian Kersey~MLS
Updated: May 18, 2012 9:57AM
The Fire has a defense capable of winning an MLS Cup and all that has held it back through the first four games has been the team’s inability to score consistently.
With that in mind, the club reacquired striker Chris Rolfe on Wednesday.
Rolfe was made available to the Fire after he mutually parted ways with the Danish Superliga team Aalborg BK for which he had spent the last three seasons.
Rolfe scored 40 goals and tallied 20 assists in 149 game from 2005-09 with the Fire, which had selected him in the third round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.
“Chris is a proven goal scorer with experience in MLS and abroad,” coach Frank Klopas said. “Chris will help us as we push for the MLS Cup playoffs and we are happy to welcome him back to the club.”
The Fire has scored three goals in four games, the most recent coming on a fluke when a free kick by Pavel Pardo deflected off the back of Logan Pause in the Fire’s 1-1 weather-shortened tie against the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park on Sunday.
Striker Dominic Oduro, who has the other two Fire goals, has been the only player capable of consistently creating goal-scoring opportunities.
Oduro, however, is a player who relies solely on his speed to get behind defenses. Rarely does he beat players with the ball at his feet.
Rolfe will be available to play in the road game on Saturday’ against Toronto FC at BMO Field.