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.