Fire signs Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media July 14, 2014 8:30PM
Razvan Cocis (R) of Romania vies for the ball with Depatik Curri (L) of Albania during their Euro 2012 qualifying football match in Piatra-Neamt city, some 350km north of Bucharest, on September 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO DANIEL MIHAILESCU (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
Updated: July 15, 2014 2:20AM
Romanian midfielder Razvan Cocis is the Fire’s first signing during the summer transfer window, but coach Frank Yallop hopes he won’t be the last.
The Fire on Monday
announced the signing of Cocis, 31, who most recently played for FC Hozerla Uzhhorod in Ukraine. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Cocis isn’t a designated player, which gives the Fire more flexibility throughout the rest of the summer.
‘‘The package was good from our side of things,’’ Yallop said of the deal to bring in Cocis, whom he has been tracking for about a year.
Cocis, a veteran of 50 games with the Romanian national team, isn’t expected to play for about two or three weeks while he gets settled in with the Fire and completes his move from Europe. When he does play, Yallop said it likely will be in more of an attacking role as a central midfielder, though he’s versatile enough to play on either wing, too.
But Cocis isn’t all the Fire (3-4-10, 19 points) need to make a push for a Major League Soccer playoff spot. His contract leaves them wiggle room under the salary cap to make other deals.
‘‘This fills in sort of the Chris Rolfe money we had,’’ Yallop said, referring to the forward now with D.C. United. ‘‘Obviously, [forward] Juan [Luis Anangono] is now departed [on loan to a team in Ecuador]. We picked up [Matthew] Fondy, but it’s a way different thing. So we have a little bit of room here . . . to make some moves.’’
Cocis has played in
Europe and Asia, with stops in Romania, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Russia. He has appeared in games in the UEFA Champions League and last appeared for the
Romanian national team in its World Cup qualifying playoff Nov. 15 against Greece.
‘‘I’m happy to be joining the Fire and can’t wait to get started,’’ Cocis said in a statement. ‘‘I think the move will suit me well, as I enjoy big cities and Chicago is especially charming. The team is really coming together, and I’m looking forward to contributing to its successes for the remainder of the season.’’