Morning Links

Here are a few links to get your day started...

The 'Players Only' section of the Chicago Tribune did a fun little piece with Fire midfielders John Thorrington and Logan Pause the other day.  Thorrington interviewed Pause for the entry, asking Logan all sorts of things in rapid-fire format.  Logan and John had some pretty entertaining back and forths and if you want to learn a little bit more about each player the piece is a good way to do so.

MLS has announced the finalists for all of their 2009 awards.  Brian McBride is the Fire's sole nominee for any individual hardware (if you didn't see my post on his nomination you can check it out here...) but there are several other categories that should be interesting as well.  Highlights include the MVP race between Landon Donovan, Shalrie Joseph and Jeff Cunningham and Coach of the Year between Sigi Schmid, Bruce Arena and Robert Warzycha.
Ex-Fire player and coach Tom Soehn resigned as Head Coach of D.C. United Monday morning,
ending his three year run as the man in charge at RFK Stadium.  D.C.
failed to make the playoffs each of the last two years under Soehn --
who says that he plans on pursuing several likely MLS openings this
offseason.

Peter Lowry, Marco Pappa and Brian McBride all had a goal nominated for the 2009 Goal of the Year award.  I've provided a link to each of the nominated goals below for you guys to check out.  For my money, Lowry had the best strike but Pappa's and McBride's finishes are certainly nothing to sneeze at. 

McBride's goal at San Jose

Pappa's one-timer at Colorado

Lowry's flying volley at Houston

That's all I have for now, but I'll be back later this afternoon with a Mid-Week Update.  Be sure to get your questions for Denis Hamlett in by 11 a.m. and I'll do my best to get the better ones (with all the entries this week I'll have to pick and choose a couple...) answered for you.

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