Here are a few quick notes that are making news in the world of the Fire/MLS today. Better late than never right?
A few Fire players have been struggling with injuries for the past couple weeks and while some of them could return this Saturday against Toronto, the news isn't very good for others. Here's a full breakdown.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco: Out
Blanco, who strained his left hamstring last Sunday, is listed as questionable in the Fire's injury report but a source told me that he won't see the field on Saturday. Blanco being out is a big blow for the Fire, who will either start Patrick Nyarko or Chris Rolfe in his place.
Gonzalo Segares: Not listed on injury report
Segares, who hasn't played since spraining his left MCL on August 9th at Houston, could be poised to return to the Fire's lineup this week. Nothing is set in stone as of yet though, as Gonzalo did experience some difficulty in training this week.
"[When you first come back from] a MCL [injury] every time you make a certain movement... you sort of break up the scar tissue and I think Gonzalo did a little bit of that yesterday," said Fire Head Coach Denis Hamlett. "We have to see how he responds after today and tomorrow before we can make a decision for Saturday but we have to be careful because we don't want to put him in too early. We have to make sure that we continue to be cautious with that because with [MCL injuries] if you push it a little bit too early there can be a major setback."
I'm going to guess that the Fire will remain cautious with Gonzalo this weekend and not give him the start. I wouldn't be too surprised if he saw some second half action if the Fire takes the lead, but I wouldn't guess that he would get the start. That's just an early prediction though...
John Thorrington: Out
Thorrington, who is dealing with a right groin strain, will miss his third straight game this Saturday. Peter Lowry will likely get the start in the central midfield in place of Thorrington and he'll have a lot to deal with come Saturday as Toronto boasts one of the best central midfield pairings in the league with Amado Guevara and the newly signed Julian DeGuzman. There is currently no timetable for Thorrington's return, but I'll try and get an update from him Saturday night.
The US Soccer Federations received outside back David Myrie's International Transfer Certificate during the week and he is eligible to play against Toronto. Given Myrie's recent arrival to the team however (and the return of fellow defender Gonzalo Segares), I would be surprise if he saw the field. We'll see though...
**MLS Announces 2010 Home Openers**
MLS announced today every team's 2010 home opener. The Fire's season will open on March 27th at the brand new Red Bull Arena against - you guessed it - the New York Red Bulls. The first game at Toyota Park won't be until April 10th, when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. It's pretty cool that the Fire gets to open up Red Bull Arena though. From all indications it seems like it's going to be a fantastic stadium.