We haven’t checked the alltime MLS player registry, but we’d be willing to bet the league had never had a “Gaston” in its ranks before the Chicago Fire acquired Uruguayan striker Gaston Puerari this past offseason.
Today, MLS has reverted to its former Gaston-less state, and we are all the poorer for it.
The Fire transferred the mercurial 25-year-old forward to Mexican Primera Division side Club Atlas for an undisclosed fee.
Puerari appeared in 14 matches for Chicago, starting 10 and producing one goal and two assists.
Early in the season, he and countryman Diego Chaves formed what looked like a potent, dynamic strike force, but the coaching staff apparently did not see it that way. Puerari eventually dropped out of the starting XI, and the team acquired Ghanaian forward Dominic Oduro from Houston and signed 20-year-old striker Cristian Nazarit from Colombia as potential partners for Chaves.
“Club Atlas was very keen on Gaston and we made the decision to accept the offer based on the best interest of building our club,” Fire Technical Director and Interim Head Coach Frank Klopas told the team website.
“This move provides us with additional flexibility to find a player who will help us achieve our goal of making the MLS Cup Playoffs. We wish Gaston nothing but the best with his new club.”