I was at Toyota Park for the Fire's practice this morning and unfortunately there is not a whole lot of good news coming out of Bridgeview... **Segares, Ward, Woolard all to miss significant time -**
The Fire has dealt with injuries all year long, but at no point has the team been without so many players as they are now.
The latest Fire players to leave the field and hit the training room are three of the team's outside backs: Gonzalo Segares, Tim Ward, and Daniel Woolard.
The official word is that Segares sprained his left MCL on Sunday, Woolard sprained his left ankle also on Sunday and Ward fractured a metatarsal (a bone in the foot) presumably before the Houston game.
I was told that all three players will be out for at least three weeks, leaving the Fire very thin in the back for a critical stretch. I'm guessing that we'll be seeing a lot more of Brandon Prideaux, Mike Banner and Austin Washington as they fill in during the coming weeks...
**Conde and Thorrington back on the field -**
Some of the good news coming out of the Fire training today is that midfielder John Thorrington and defender Wilman Conde returned to practice. Conde and Thorrington, neither of whom has played since the July 25th match in Seattle, are both listed as questionable for this Sunday's game in Kansas City with a left hamstring strain and right groin strain respectively.
"John and Wilman trained today light," said Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. "It was their first day back and we are starting the process for them. We'll see more tomorrow and obviously the day after and see where they are for Sunday."
**Lowry's goal -**
Second-year midfielder Peter Lowry scored his first career goal on Sunday in just his second career MLS appearance.
"It felt great to get the goal," said Lowry - the Fire's second round draft pick in 2008. "It was Blanco on the sideline that made a great play and put in a great cross and I just tried to make a play at it and thankfully it went in and ended up being a good goal and a tying goal for us."
Lowry, who has now played in two of the Fire's last five games, talked about his struggle for playing time.
"It is frustrating," said Lowry on his lack of opportunites. "I've been working hard for the last year and a half to earn some opportunities and it has been a long time coming but we do have a great team with a lot of great players and that's the tough balance. There are so many great players on this team - I think it's probably the best group talent wise in all of Major League Soccer - so that makes it a tough decision for the coaches and I'm just trying to make their decisions even tougher."