Training Camp Notebook


Photo of a church in Tempe, Arizona -- where the Fire is currently in the midst of training camp. Today's forecast for Tempe? Sunny with a high of 66. Chicago's? High of 30 with a chance of snow. My jealousy? Off the charts.

Every now and then, I enjoy starting off a blog post with a good-old fashioned cliche. It's easy. And sloppy. Whatever. Just roll with me...

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. For the 2010 edition of the Chicago Fire, the first impressions have been made. And -- according to Technical Director Frank Klopas -- they have been positive.

"The training has been going very well," Klopas told me over the phone. "We're just four days into it but I think there's been a very positive attitude from the guys. There have been no issues on that end and they're working very hard and that's been great." Another positive that Klopas has seen with all the players in camp has been the level of fitness. The Fire has an offseason training regimen that all the players stuck to and they have come into camp ready to compete. Furthering the players fitness this year will be the addition of soccer fitness specialist Alvaro Briones to the Fire's staff. Briones, who served as an assistant under Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos from 2006-2009, will be charged with optimizing player's physical fitness while also offering tactical support.

"This year we made a big commitment from the organization to hire a soccer fitness specialist that Carlos has brought on board," Klopas said. "He should be able to maintain the guys' strength and fitness [levels throughout the year]."

I really like the fact that the Fire brought in a fitness coach this offseason. Hopefully the training that he puts the players through will improve their endurance and performance towards the end of games.

I'll be talking with Collins John at some point today. I'll have a story about him up either later tonight or early tomorrow morning. Until then...


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  • top of this page,,,,fire schedule and results,,,,2010 schedule?

  • In reply to bert:

    Right now it's the 2009 schedule. I'll work on updating that as soon as I have some extra time -- probably not until later this week.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Sam, like the site, keep up the good work. You are already far better than Luis's infrequent efforts. Did you ask Klopas if we have an option to buy Martinez, or do you know anything about this already.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Its a MLS rule to have a buy option at the end of the deal. So there has to be one if he is on loan.

  • In reply to Celt:

    For what it's worth I would be amazed if it was not open. I seem to remember fire Fans reporting from Arizona last preseason. They timed their holidays to watch the team

  • In reply to Celt:

    Thanks. I hope this is the case. it would be a shame to have Martinez impose himself on the league and not be resignable.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:


    I live near Tempe in Chandler, AZ. You're right to be jealous about the weather. It's gorgeous.

    I have a question for you, though. Do you have any idea if the friendly on the 15th will be open to the public? I've been trying to find out but having little luck.

    Thanks for your help.

  • In reply to jrpaine:

    I would think so. I'll ask about it for confirmation though. Keep checking this page for an answer.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Fire has confirmed that it is open. Enjoy the game.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Thank you for checking. I plan on being there to see the work in progress.

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