Hey everyone, I finally made it to Detroit and I have a couple of updates to share with you all...
**McBride and Brown -- Back for 2010**
The Fire announced today that the club options for both Brian McBride and C.J. Brown have been picked up -- meaning that both will be back with the club for the 2010 season.
Both moves give Fire fans a little extra to be thankful for this weekend, as both Brown and McBride provide solid play on the field with great veteran leadership in the locker room.
"We are pleased to have both Brian and C.J. back with the team for 2010," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "McBride is a force on the field and his experience is unmatched by many in MLS. He will play another invaluable role for us in 2010. C.J.'s contributions in 2009 were key in helping us to reach the Eastern Conference Championship Final this season. We need them both back on the pitch to help lead us toward a MLS Cup championship."
The move does a lot to shore up concerns of what the Fire's attack and back line would look like for 2010. As of now, we can go ahead and pencil in McBride up top and C.J. in the center of the back four in the opening day starting 11 -- something that will undoubtedly reassure Fire fans (and players...) heading into 2010.
**Myrie selected by Philadelphia in Expansion Draft**
David Myrie's short tenure with the Fire came to a close today, as the expansion Philadelphia Union used one of their 10 selections to pick up the 21-year-old Costa Rican defender.
Myrie, who was signed by the Fire on September 15th of this year, didn't see playing time in any of the club's matches.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise to me -- especially considering that Peter Nowak and the Union staff couldn't have had a whole lot to go off of when scouting Myrie. I'm interested to see how he does in Philly though and it's a bit of a shame that the Fire signed him to a deal and never even put him on the field.