Thank you Robb, for posting the Nike Commercial. Keeps me from stopping by the FO and talking to your head of media relations and getting quotes. Here is the deal. The Wizards are getting ready to sign Santiago Hirsig. Formerly of San Lorenzo. He has won arbitration and has been released from San Lorenzo due to breech of contract. Why, you may ask? They owe him 200K in salary. What does this mean for the Wizards. FREE Transfer, no DP slot. From our reseach it appears he was close to signing with Barcelona of Guayaquil and then for some reason Barcelona goes quiet about the signing on Jan 27. Then we have Robb make his post about a “South-of-the-boarder” player on Feb 3 and now the Nike post.
Again, thank you for leaking the clues Robb. Good news is Hirsig has experance. Bad, he spent the last part of his season coming off the bench in the latter part of the match. The Ecuadorian fans thought it was a good signing; the Arggies think he is a dog.
We will see.
Kansas City Wizards Reach Agreement with Argentine Midfielder Santiago Hirsig
(February 11, 2009) – The Kansas City Wizards announced Wednesday that the club has agreed to terms with Argentine midfielder Santiago Hirsig on a Major League Soccer (MLS) contract. Most recently of San Lorenzo, Hirsig is an eight-year veteran of the Argentine first division. Per club and League policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Hirsig and the Wizards will finalize the agreement following the receipt of his International Transfer Card and P-1 Visa.
“We have come across a talented and gifted player through our expanding international scouting network and contacts,” Wizards Technical Director Peter Vermes said. “Finalizing the contractual negotiations with Santiago Hirsig gives another solid contributor to the Kansas City Wizards who can play in the center or out wide in the midfield.”
“I am very excited to join the Kansas City Wizards,” Hirsig said. “I have followed MLS a lot in the past year, and I cannot wait to be part of the team and hopefully help the Wizards win MLS Cup in 2009.”
Hirsig, 31, started his professional career in 1999 with Atlanta of the Argentinean second division. In 2001, he was transferred to Platense of the second division, where he played for two years before moving to the top flight. Hirsig played for Huracán in 2002, but the team was relegated after the season. Hirsig then joined Arsenal de Sarandi, where he became a prominent player in the Argentine first division. At Arsenal, he was instrumental in the team that qualified for Copa Sudamericana 2004, the first international tournament in the club’s history.
Hirsig stayed at Arsenal until 2006, before transferring to Argentine power San Lorenzo de Almagro. He was a key component that San Lorenzo and won the Argentinean tournament in 2007 and got to the finals of the Argentine Torneo Apertura in 2008. Hirsig becomes the second Argentine player on Kansas City’s roster, joining former Argentina international Claudio Lopez.
Club Years GP G
Atlanta (Argentina) 1998-1999 18 0
Platense (Argentina) 1999-2001 46 2
Huracán (Argentina) 2001-2003 28 1
Arsenal (Argentina) 2003-2006 107 9
San Lorenzo (Argentina) 2006-2008 77 6
Total 276 18
Born: January 12, 1978
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Birthplace: San Isidro, Argentina
Last Club: San Lorenzo (Argentina)
Transaction: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) reach agreement with Argentine midfielder Santiago Hirsig.