Fire Practice Report -- 8/27

SuperLiga 2009 Final Tigres UANL v Chicago Fire

Hey everyone, here are a few notes from today's Fire practice at Toyota Park...

**Bye-Bye Baky -**

As you all know, Bakary Soumare's transfer to French team Boulogne went through yesterday, putting a close to his Fire career. But what do his former teammates think about the end of the ordeal that was his final days with the Fire? I think Jon Busch put it best...

"You wish him the best," said the Fire keeper. "That's what he wanted. We move on and he moves on. I enjoyed playing with him and I think he's got a bright future, but you know what, he didn't want to be here and we move on. It happens and that's it. We've got business to take care of and he's got business to take care of."

So a little terse, but what can you expect? The Fire players probably feel that Baky could've handled his situation in a better manner but hey - they're all moving on.

**Injury updates -**

I got a couple of updates on some injured Fire players today at practice. First up is defender Wilman Conde, who has missed 4 of the 5 while dealing with a hamstring injury. Wilman is listed as questionable for Saturday's match against D.C. and while he didn't train today, the Fire is optimistic he'll be able to go on Saturday.

"[Wilman's doing] good," said Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. "He would've trained today but given the weather (it's been rainy all day in Chicago) we didn't want to get him out there. But I think he'll train tomorrow and we'll make the decision tomorrow but I think it looks good for him."

Another defender who has missed some time in recent weeks is defender Daniel Woolard. Woolard, who picked up a high ankle sprain on August 9th against Houston, is doing well in rehab and is hoping to be back soon.

"He's good," said Hamlett of Woolard. "I think he's putting full weight on it now. High ankle sprains are tricky they take a little longer but he's progressing very well."

Also, C.J. Brown participated in the full training today and did fine. He isn't listed on the injury report and should be good to go on Saturday.

**The 7th inning stretch -**

For those of you who didn't hear/see, John Thorrington, Logan Pause and Cuauhtemoc Blanco sang "Take me out to the ballgame" at last night's Cubs-Nationals game. I saw the performance and it actually wasn't that bad. Here's what Thorrington had to say about it...

"We were excited to do it," said the midfielder. "It was certainly nerve racking but yeah we had a good time with it. First time I've ever done anything like that. My voice is certainly not good enough where I get invited to sing at events but it was fun. We were just told be enthusiastic and that's all we went with so we hope we'll be grade on our enthusiasm and not our actual singing ability."

What about Denis Hamlett's take? "Put it this way," said the Fire Head man, "I've seen worse."

I tried to find some video of the performance for you guys but unfortunately my efforts were in vain. But why not leave you with some of the more memorable renditions of the baseball classic anyway? Brace your ears...


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  • Whew, we're going to have Conde and CJ back there. Thats good news.

  • The interview was pretty brutal but I have seen them end the interview with alot of guests before the inning was over.

  • good update sam. it's too bad when players leave on less than desirable terms. great to hear a few of the defenders will be back sooner than later. cj and conde should make for a solid tandem.

  • I'm going to practice so that when i'm famous and i sing it ill be good.

  • Thanks for the updates Sam. Glad to hear CJ will be good to go, and hopefully we'll see Conde back as well.
    Thor's interview in the box wasn't any better or worse than Chris Rolfe's last year. Clearly the announcers have no soccer knowledge, but I did have to laugh when they asked Thor if he's just a bad boy or are the refs just out to get him.

  • I was in the stands... the singing wasn't Ditka or Ozzie, but it was definitely a fourth quartile performance... so it's a good thing they aren't professional singers.

    As for interviews ending before the inning, that happens all the time. The seventh inning was pretty long too as the Cubs scored a couple of runs.

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