Moving on up?

Carlos de los Cobos, Corben Bone, Frank Klopas

Before ALS wracked his body and ended his playing career, baseball star Lou Gehrig was known as the Iron Horse for his incredible streak of 2130 consecutive games played. The story goes that Gehrig, who would go on to become one of the greatest hitters of all time, started his streak when regular first-baseman Wally Pipp elected to sit out a game with a headache. Clearly, Pipp never got his job back.

Such is the nature of injuries in sports. No matter how minor an ailment may be, all it takes is one day out to lose a spot in the lineup or a place on the depth chart. So, with Fire players Andrew Dykstra, Corben Bone and Joao Baptista being forced out of preseason training due to injuries/visa issues, players behind them on the depth chart who are able to train will be looking to make their mark and possibly leapfrog past one of the injured three.

Continue after the jump for a more in-depth look at two players who could be moving up the depth chart this week... **MID -- Drew Yates**

Yates, a midfielder out of the University of Maryland, replaced fellow rookie Bone when the Fire's first round draft choice had to leave last Monday's friendly against Vancouver with a bone bruise. Yates didn't have any trouble getting acclimated to the game, registering two assists in 58 minutes of action in the Fire's 4-1 victory over the USSF Division 2 side. Along with his strong performance in last week's match, [Yates has emerged as an unlikely leader of the Fire](http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20100210&content_id=8048794&vkey=news_chf&fext=.jsp&team=t100). Yates will be hoping to see some time in Thursday's friendly against Chivas Guadalara so he can further prove to head coach Carlos de los Cobos that he is worthy of a roster spot -- and some potential future playing time.

**GK -- Sean Johnson**

Like Yates, Johnson is a rookie draftee coming off of a strong performance in last week's friendly against the Vancouver Whitecaps. However, unlike Yates, Johnson is a Generation Adidas signing, meaning that his salary does not count against the cap and that he is almost assured of a place on the Fire's final roster. Given that, Johnson's concern should lie solely with trying to take control of the backup keeper slot that Dykstra held in 2009. The University of Central Florida product will be looking to get some game action on Thursday to show de los Cobos that he is the man to provide cover for starting goalie Jon Busch.

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I'm hoping to speak with Corben Bone this afternoon. If you have any last minute questions for the Wake Forest product, feel free to post them in the comments section below. As always, I'll do my best to work them into the interview.

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  • I think Johnson was ahead of Dykstra when Johnson got drafted. Dykstra had a better half against America which made Nobles look even worse. I dont think Dykstra is going to make the roster. It wouldnt make sense to have 3 of our 20 senior players to be GKs. We are only at 28 now in camp. We have to cut atleast 4 more and thats with 4 development players. So to keep Dykstra instead of a field player would really surprise me. And if it comes down to Yates or Bone, its going to be Bone because of the GA contract.

  • According to Charlie Corr, Yates did not make the 28-man roster. That being said he could still make the squad, but I would say it's a long shot.

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    I didn't see anywhere in Corr's article that Yates didn't make the 28 man cut. I think he's still with the squad going to Mexico.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    whoops, my bad, I confused Yates and Blades. Blades got cut, Yates did not.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    What a differnce between the two:
    http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20091116&content_id=7674580&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp
    http://web.mlsnet.com/news/mls_news.jsp?ymd=20080724&content_id=175209&vkey=news_mls&fext=.jsp

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