Today is the day MLS rosters freeze, but the Chicago Fire snuck in one more move Friday via waivers.
The Fire added former Real Salt Lake striker Yura Movsisyan off waivers. The 31-year-old had been on loan with Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Allsvenskan, where he only totaled 94 minutes over four matches.
Movsisyan began his pro career in MLS with the then-Kansas City Wizards in 2006 before moving to RSL in the middle of 2007. He combined for 15 goals in 2008 and 2009 with RSL before moving to Europe. When he returned to RSL in 2016, he was a designated player.
The Armenian scored nine goals in 29 matches in 2016, but lost his starting job in 2017 and was waived just before the start of this season. Last season, Movsisyan scored seven goals in 28 matches, but only 16 of those were starts.
Movsisyan doesn’t fill an immediate major need for the Fire. Reigning MLS Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolic is at striker and under contract through 2019. Alan Gordon isn’t a long-term piece at 36 years old, but has provided four goals in limited minutes off the bench.
The last seven matches of 2018 can be a trial of sorts for Movsisyan. He isn’t under contract for 2019 so the Fire can decide if he is worth keeping beyond this season. The Fire have an option to retain Movsisyan for 2019.
He has a green card so he won’t count as an international on the roster.