Profiling San Luis FC

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The Fire kick off their SuperLiga play Saturday night when they take on Mexican first division side San Luis FC. San Luis, who play in Central Mexican city San Luis Potosi, qualified for SuperLiga play by virtue of finishing the regular season of Apertura 2008 in first place.

Despite their first place finish in the Apertura, San Luis struggled in their most recent campaign (Clausura 2009). They finished in 15th place out of 18 teams and were not able to qualify for the liguilla (the Mexican first division playoffs). San Luis's poor showing in Clausura 2009 lead to the firing of manager Americo Scotolaro, who was replaced by Juan Antonio Luna on May 26th of this year.

San Luis's upcoming SuperLiga matches are Luna's first as manager so I fully expect him to field a solid lineup and take the competition seriously. San Luis is led on the field by captain Braulio Luna, a veteran of the Mexican National team and solid midfielder. San Luis's main goal-scoring threat is Colombian forward Malher Moreno and another player to watch for on Saturday will be American fullback Michael Orozco.

Orozco, who played with Fire forward Brian McBride in Beijing on the U.S. Olympic squad, is one of San Luis's top defenders. I would be very surprised if he doesn't see the field on Saturday night and I am personally looking forward to seeing the National Team defender in action.

If the Fire field a strong lineup on Saturday night (something I expect to happen), they should walk away from the match with all 3 points. It should be a hard fought game, but I think that the Fire will take full advantage of the fact that the Mexican side is currently out of season and come away with a 2-0 victory.

As Saturday's match will not be televised, I will be providing a running commentary of sorts from Toyota Park for those of you that wish to follow along. (**Edit: the match will be shown on Telefutura as well as on the SuperLiga website, so I will not be providing a live commentary. Sorry for the mistake. -Sam*)

If you want to know anything more about San Luis, [here](http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team?tag=MEX.SAN_LUIS&cc=5901) is a link to their homepage on ESPN Soccernet, where you can find their full roster and statistics.

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  • hey sam, i agree 2-0...rolfe and banner...who is our #2 goal keep? and when will he see playing time?

  • Bert,

    The number two goalkeeper is currently Andrew Dykstra. Not sure when/if he will see any playing time but if he does it should come in either the SuperLiga or the U.S. Open Cup.

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