Fire Practice Report -- 7/9

Fire vs DC United

The Fire took part in a light practice today heading into Saturday night's match against the Columbus Crew. The Fire mainly worked on tactics today, so (sadly) most of the practice was closed. Regardless of that here are a few quick notes from today's training... **Excited for Pause**

Fire players and coaches are taking notice of Logan Pause's debut for the U.S. National team and they all seem to be very happy for him.

"I'm really excited for Logan to get his chance to get in there and show himself to the staff," said former U.S. National Team star Brian McBride. "It's one of those things where you always hate to miss players but you're very excited for them to do well for their countries."

"I'm happy for him," said Denis Hamlett on Logan's international debut. "I think he's going in there and taking advantage of his opportunity and he's done well. It's always a good thing when one of your players leaves and goes and represents his country and does well."

**McBride's thoughts on facing Columbus**

Brian McBride, always the consummate professional, downplayed facing off against his former team, for whom he played for from 1996-2004.

"It's soccer," said McBride on facing off against his former team. "It's not going to be any different from any other game. I have some great memories and some great friends [in Columbus] but in the end it's a soccer game."

**The Fire go camping**

The Fire hosted their annual Camp day on Thursday and over 800 kids turned up to watch some of the practice and participate in some drills/games with Jon Busch, Bakary Soumare, and Chris Rolfe. It was nice to see so many kids out at Toyota Park supporting the Fire and hopefully a few of them will turn into fans.

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  • Pause looked fine against a weak Grenada team, but he looked over matched against a much better Honduras. I would be surprised if Bradley uses him much from now on. His biggest deficiencies yesterday were the same ones he always exhibits with the Fire, he telegraphs his passes, the passes lack pace, and most importantly he rarely looks to pass or move the ball forward. All were painfully on display against Honduras and I felt sorry for him when the FSC announcers kept advocating that he should be subbed out. You have to admit the US team looked ten fold better when Feilhaber took his spot, that hurts. Clearly teh Fire don't have a Feilhaber but I predict we score some goals this Saturday without Pause.

  • Hey sam. This is completely not about this post. I was just wondering, since getting your new job writing about the fire have you been able to check out the academy scene? If you haven't, I was just wondering in future if you would be able to check them out and tell us what its like, any potential you see with guys that might be ready now or in a few years. I thought it'd be cool to see if we have anything special on the come up.

    Anyway, great job so far, I've liked the practice reports you've been doing. Thanks for keeping consistent with the posts and great content!

  • In reply to Warren:

    Warren,

    Thanks a lot. I really appreciate the kind words. I really don't know too much about the academy scene right now and haven't covered it at all to be completely honest. But I think you make a great suggestion and I'll try to get out and cover those guys a little bit in the future.

  • In reply to Warren:

    18th minute

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