The Chicago Fire’s dramatic offseason rebuild shows no signs of slowing down, with the club confirming on Tuesday the signing of former Southampton forward Guilherme “Guly” do Prado.
Do Prado, 33, becomes the third international striker to join the Fire in recent weeks, teaming up with Nigerian front man Kennedy Igboananike and Ghana international David Accam, who signed from Swedish sides AIK and Helsingborg, respectively.
Prior to making the switch to MLS, Igboananike was in fact linked with Southampton, where Do Prado scored 23 goals in 118 total games from August 2010 until leaving the club this past summer, having made just nine Premier League appearances during the 2013-14 campaign.
The veteran Brazilian, who spent eight seasons in Italian football before arriving in England, has since been hunting for a new club, and told the Fire’s official website of his delight at sealing a move to the States.
“I’m really excited to join the Fire,” he said. “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.”
The Fire missed out on a post-season place in the 2014 after finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record-setting 18 draws, and fans will hope that all the added firepower will be able to turn some of those stalemates into three points in 2015.