According to Robb's post on Big Soccer, the Wizards seem to be close to signing Santiago Hirsig. This is the Santiago Hirsig commercial Robb used as a hint.
According to AG's research on Hirsig, he was released from San Lorenzo because they owe him money. He was rumored to be going to a team in Ecuador but those rumors stopped in late January. Just about the time Peter said he was looking at someone from South America as well.
Here is Mike's take on the rumored new signing. Probably not going to be the leading goal scorer on the team, of course who thought Conrad would be last year.
Everything I’ve seen has him listed at various places in midfield, center, attacking and right. Where will the Wizards try to place him?
Rumor is the announcement will be official today...
(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.