Fire obtain services of promising Costa Rican

who had already used their discovery options for 2004 -- had to obtain a discovery option from the Dallas Burn. In exchange, the Burn received the Fire's natural third-round selection in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.

The 5-foot-9-inch, 155-pound striker is expected to join the Fire following Costa Rica's World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala and Canada on Sept. 4 and 8. At that time, he will be available for selection by Fire head coach Dave Sarachan, pending medical and visa approval and receipt of his international transfer certificate from Herediano.

The Fire may not be done on the transfer market after the signing of Herron, Wilt said on a conference call Tuesday in advance of the Fire's match against D.C. United this Saturday, naming two other players the Fire are interested in acquiring.

Wilt said the club has an allocation available which could be used to obtain either Mexican striker Alejandro Nava or Honduras national team central defender Samuel Caballero, who most recently played for Udinese of the Italian First Division. The allocation was awarded to the club after the transfer of former Fire defender Carlos Bocanegra to Fulham of the English Premier League.

Jason Halpin is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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