English Premier League vet Chimbonda on trial in Chicago
The Chicago Fire have no pressing need for another right back.
But that didn't stop manager Frank Klopas from taking a look at English Premier League veteran Pascal Chimbonda, who is on trial during the Fire's final preseason phase in Charleston, S.C.
“You can see that he brings a lot of experience with him, but I think we need to see his mobility that he still has on the field,” Klopas said Thursday on a conference call from South Carolina. “He'll play in some games, and we'll see that and also how he fits in our group.”
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The 33-year-old will have to leave quite an impression on the staff, who already have Logan Pause and Jalil Anibaba fighting for playing time at the position.
Chimbonda has been without a club since April, when he played for Doncaster Rovers of the English Championship, though he played for his native Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Cup qualification round in October.
He previously played for Wigan, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn among other clubs in the English Premier League, and he last played in England's top flight in early 2011.
If signed, Chimbonda would fill one of three remaining international slots, with second-round SuperDraft pick Yazid Atouba looking increasingly likely to take up another.
“Our whole goal is just overall to have better quality and a deeper team in every spot,” Klopas said. “You bring quality players in and you create a very good training atmosphere.”