Well-known throughout international soccer, Arne Friedrich was a player Fire coach Frank Klopas knew quite well.
But in addition to bringing a glowing resume to Chicago, Klopas believes the Fire the 32-year old Friedrich--signed Wednesday by the club--is at a point in his career where he can contribute at the highest technical level.
"It's [the resume] important," Klopas said. "You look at all that but you still look at him at a very good age base at the position he plays. It's a critical position on the field where experience plays a big role.
He makes a lot of the decisions you have to make easier, but it's also easier for me meeting the player and speaking to the player. Experience is important but you also want to bring in a guy that has a lot contribute."
Klopas was unsure when Friedrich will be available to the Fire considering that he still needs to obtain his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate, but the club targets its home-opener on March 24 against Philadelphia as the date Friedrich should be available.
"He's a player that is I think is able to adapt pretty fast," Klopas said. "He's been in different situations. Obviously it does take some time just to get some familiarity with the players and the way we play and stuff but I think he's someone that will adapt very quickly."