Fire to hold Open Tryouts December 8-9, Messi wins Ballon d'Or and more

Leo MESSI

The Fire has announced that they will hold their second annual open tryout for the team this year. Registration for the tryouts, which will take place on December 8-9 at the The MAX Indoor Soccer Center in McCook Ill., closes at 3 p.m. central time this Friday (December 4th). There is a $150 sign up fee that includes a ticket to April 10th's home opener against San Jose.

Unfortunately, I'll be unable to make the tryouts, otherwise I would've totally nabbed a spot on the roster. It's not everyday that an out-of-shape guy who hasn't played a competitive soccer match since the fall of 2007 comes around looking for a spot on the team. How could the Fire possibly resist that? On a more serious note, I think it's a cool thing that the Fire holds an annual open tryout. I don't want to make too much out of it but the fact that the Fire takes the time to put this together and actually sends members of the first team staff out to observe.

If you (or someone you know) is trying out, good luck to you/them. It would be a great story if someone from the tryout actually made the team -- though I'm not sure what that would say about the depth of the Fire's roster...

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Leo Messi can now put the Ballon d'Or -- the trophy given annually to Europe's top player -- on his mantle at home. [The Barcelona striker won the prestigious award yesterday](http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/dec/01/lionel-messi-ballon-dor-barcelona), becoming the first Argentinian to do so in the process.

The 22-year-old Messi won the award by a record margin over second place finisher Cristiano Ronaldo, who took home the hardware last year.

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Former D.C. United Head Coach and Fire player [Tom Soehn was in Vancouver last week to meet with the Whitecaps brass about possibly joining the team (which will join MLS in 2011) in a Technical Director-like position](http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/backofthenet/archive/2009/11/29/former-d-c-united-coach-on-the-caps-radar.aspx).

Soehn has been rumored to be a candidate for the Fire's vacant head coaching job since Denis Hamlett was let go last week but this would seem to indicate that the native Chicagoan doesn't stand that good a chance of coming home to coach the Fire.

I view this as a bit of good news. Nothing against the man in particular, but I think the Fire would be making a mistake if they hired Soehn for the job. He wasn't able to get it done in D.C. and I think replacing Hamlett with him would be a downgrade in many regards.

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Lastly, [Philadelphia has acquired former Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Chris Seitz for the upcoming season](http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/soccer/story/1358760.html). Seitz, 22, was the third pick of the 2007 draft but had been stuck behind keeper Nick Rimando for his entire tenure in Utah.

Seitz has been involved with the U.S. National Team, both as a participant on the youth levels in recent years and as a member of the player pool. I'm interested to see how he fares next year in what will likely be a starting role for Peter Nowak's Union.

Real Salt Lake received allocation money in return for Seitz.

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  • Open try-outs nice way for the fire to make some extra money $150 to register. I wonder how may over weight people turn up to it.

  • Soehn is the best candidate of the MLS retreads. He has won trophies recently and been in a major cup final last season. He would be an upgrade over Hamlett.

    Personally I would like to see a coach from outside MLS but if we do go inside MLS we could do much, much worse than Soehn.

  • I think Richie Williams would be a better coaching candidate than Soehn. It's a shame the open tryouts aren't a week or two later, I'd definitely go to them if they were. I'm still in school Dec. 8-9. I guess I'll just have to set my sights on being drafted.

  • i wonder how many and what kind of players will turn up to the tryouts.

  • That'd be like the tryout scene in Invincible where the fat guy can't move the blocking dummy and they're all singing the fight song. If they really thought something would come of this it would be free. That way more talent would come in.

  • Get Bill Cowher before the Bears do.

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