Thought the Fire had their left back issue sorted out? Think again.
Despite acquiring left back Krzysztof Krol via loan in January, Head Coach Carlos de los Cobos has his eye on another potential replacement - Deris Umanzor - for former Fire stalwart Gonzalo Segares. Umanzor, a 30-year-old Salvadoran defender who currently plays for C.D. Aguila in El Salvador, trained with the Fire last week and played the full 90 in last Thursday's friendly against Houston.
"He played with us in Houston," de los Cobos said of Umanzor - who was the starting left back for El Salvador throughout de los Cobos's tenure as coach there. "He played very good against Houston but he went back to El Salvador and we're now trying to bring him back to us." De los Cobos is looking for a new left back because he feels that Krol, who is in the beginning stages of a one-year loan from Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok, doesn't have the necessary pace to play on the wing.
"[Krol] has good qualities," de los Cobos said. "He's very strong but he's not fast. We need more speed for the wings - normally teams have a lot of speed on the wings - and for that reason I think [Umanzor] can help us."
De los Cobos also mentioned that he may be interested in bringing in another center back and midfielder who could better fit his preferred 4-1-4-1 formation. Should the Fire sign any new player, they will have to cut a current one loose, as they are at the league roster size limit of 24.