Klopas being realistic with expectations for Fire rookies

Corben Bone

Every now and again in the world of sports, a player who was originally expected to be selected with a top-5 pick will slide way down on draft day. These experiences, which are incredibly uncomfortable/sad if the player is actually attending the draft (remember Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers?), generally end with a team giddily nabbing said "top-5" talent and proclaiming him the organization's savior.

In this year's MLS SuperDraft, the Fire picked a "top-5" talent at 13. And they stole a "top-15" player at 26. And though the Fire is pleased with their first and second round selections of midfielder Corben Bone and defender Kwame Watson Siriboe, the club understands that no rookie -- no matter how big of a steal he may have been -- is going to lead a veteran-laden roster to the MLS promiseland in 2010.

"[Bone and Watson-Siriboe] are two good players but it's a different environment here," Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas said. "Even though we believe in them and know that they have good qualities, they have to come in and prove themselves here because the level of play is much higher." So if Klopas isn't looking for the Fire's 2010 rookie class -- which also includes midfielder Drew Yates, defender Steven Kinney and goalkeeper Sean Johnson -- to come in and lead the team to a MLS cup, what does he expect from them?

"Every day they need to be competing and staying mentally strong," Klopas said. "We're happy they're with us and now its an opportunity for them to really come out and show what they can do and make the team."

Currently, the Fire has 21 of 24 roster spots accounted for. That leaves three spots open for Collins John and the five-man rookie class to compete for. It should also be noted that the Fire has filled all of their 20 senior-roster spots. So if the club does in fact sign John -- who will likely be counted as a senior international on the roster -- they will need to cut one of the other 20 senior players on the roster. That -- along with many other storylines -- will be something to watch as the Fire get deeper into preseason over the next few weeks.

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  • Who's on the bubble do you think Sam? If C John makes the squad, who'd be in trouble? Will be interesting to see if Bone lives up to his top 5 billing.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Calen Carr, Stefan Dimitrov and Austin Washington. Carr and Dimitrov would be in trouble because they play the same position as John. Washington would be in danger because of the Fire's big numbers at defense. The team is currently carrying 7 defenders (excluding Watson-Siriboe, Kinney, and listing Mike Banner as a midfielder).

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Hopefully Mapp!

  • In reply to Chow:

    I've always wondered what they see in Mapp. Sure he is a decent player but only McBride and Blanco were making more than him. Maybe for half of his salary he would be worth it but 220k is about 120k too much for him. There has to be some team in the MLS that would want a young, left footed winger.

  • In reply to Chow:

    Well Bone and Johnson are going to be in the squad because they are GA players. Dykstra is probably gone because of Johnson, Watson for Washington, John for Carr. Now we just need to trade Mapp and we could have a complete roster heading into the season.

  • In reply to Chow:

    Keep the updates coming! This entry is on today's "Hot on ChicagoNow:"
    http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/hot-on-chicagonow/2010/02/hot-on-chicagonow-february-1-2010.html

  • In reply to Chow:

    Given that John has to replace a senior, it does appear to be all 3 slots are up for grabs by the 5 drafties (with additional possibilities if they displacing current members).

    What is the current state of our Senior Internation slots? Are Krol and Martinez senior? Is there an open slot for John or does that limit who he can swap with in the roster?

  • In reply to krenouard:

    Good point on the 3 slots being available for the five draftees. Not sure why I missed that in the post. Not sure what the overall status of the Fire's international slots are (or Martinez's status for that matter) but I will check on those. Krol is a senior international though.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    The Fire's senior internationals are Krol, Conde, Pappa and Martinez. There is an open slot for John.

  • In reply to krenouard:

    Once again, Klopas is awesome. He is realistic this time, showing us that due to his realistic-ness he will know pretty much what to expect out of his players and the players he signs this upcoming season. This gives more of an undertone of truth to all of his actions, such as the signing of De Los Cobos, Krol, and John. The battle for roster spots will be interesting. I think that Carr should keep his spot instead of Dimitrov, because Carr has showed me a lot more than the absolute nothing Dimitrov has in the few years he's been here. Washington also has not looked good. Even though he's a rookie, I think I would rather have Kwame Witson-Siboe then Washington.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Dimitrov took out Ricketts I think he can develop to a player thats good in the air and has a big body to make room for smaller players to put the ball on goal...

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    What exactly has Caitlin Carr showed? The only thing that he had going for him was his speed. When he hurt his knee, he lost his speed. He can trap the ball farther than I can kick it and WHEN he does score, that celebration is enough for him to lose his spot to John or Bone.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Austin Washington has looked terrible... they must see somthing I dont

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