As many of you have noted, Fire center back C.J. Brown got a little nicked up during Sunday's match against Colorado. The injury was sustained in the first half of the match, when Brown and keeper Jon Busch collided in mid-air following a Colorado cross.
"Buschy wanted to beat up on a big guy for once so he chose me," said Brown with a laugh. "It's a bruise right now so we'll see. It's tough to get knees and elbows in the rib cage -- I don't mind if [Busch] does it if he wins the ball but if he doesn't win the ball then I have issues with him."
Despite picking up the knock, C.J. didn't seem worried when I asked if he would be good to go for Saturday's match against D.C.
"I think [I'll be ready]," said the Fire captain. "We've got some good doctors and some good trainers that will take care of me."
So definitely some good news on this front. Hopefully Wilman Conde (who is dealing with that on again, off again hamstring issue) will be ready to rejoin C.J. in the back by the time Saturday rolls around -- otherwise the Fire will have some issues at centerback.
If Conde (or C.J. for that matter) is unable to go, expect Mike Banner and Austin Washington to start as outside backs and Brandon Prideaux to slide into the middle.