Morning notes

Carlos Palacios, Brian Ching

Here are a couple of quick notes to get your Friday started...

**Fire local TV update**

It's not looking like the Fire will be broadcast on My50 in 2010. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, MLS wants to broadcast all of its games in high-definition this year. My50 does not broadcast in HD. You do the math...

The station -- which aired Fire matches in the Chicago market for the last two seasons -- had its contract with the team expire at the end of 2009. An alternative to My50 is Comcast SportsNet, which aired Fire matches from 2005-2007. **U.S. names roster for El Salvador friendly**

National team head coach Bob Bradley has named 23 players to a training camp roster ahead of the Americans' February 24th friendly against El Salvador. The group will convene next Wednesday in L.A., where they will train for a week-and-a-half before heading to Tampa for the actual match.

Since the game does not fall on a FIFA international fixture date, the U.S.'s European based players are unavailable. That won't be the case for the March 3rd friendly at the Netherlands.

"These are important opportunities for these players as we continue to formulate our plans for the roster for the World Cup," said Bradley. "This camp and the game against El Salvador provide a chance for the coaching staff to get one more long look at this group. El Salvador demonstrated during World Cup qualifying that they are a difficult team to beat, so we expect a good match. We had great fan support in our last visit to Raymond James Stadium, and we are looking forward to getting back to Tampa."

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Troy Perkins (D.C. United), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), Zach Thornton (Chivas USA)

DEFENDERS (7): Kevin Alston (New England Revolution), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Orozco (Philadelphia Union), Heath Pearce (FC Dallas), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders), Eddie Gaven (Columbus Crew), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Dax McCarty (FC Dallas), Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)

FORWARDS (4): Conor Casey (Colorado Rapids), Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Jeff Cunningham (FC Dallas), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake)


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  • It would be sickkkk if the fire could land a deal with WGN.

  • I agree. But the Fire would be 5th in line after the Cubs, Sox, Hawks and Bulls.

    It would also be nice if they finally got the games on the radio.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I don't have the time, but it would be interesting to see how many conflicts this would create for WGN? I feel like not that many Fire games conflicted with the Cubs last year.

  • In reply to Byron:

    It would also be nice to have some Away games on the broadcast schedule. Thank God for Direct Kick but it always features the broadcast from the opposing team.

  • Hmmm... the American MLS all-stars vs. El Salvador. It's interesting that no one from the Fire is on the roster, and I think it's got to be a positive for Chicago. Our pre-season camp is not affected while most MLS teams will be missing some of their better players for a few days, at the least.

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