I was planning on clearing up the Fire's goalkeeping situation today by talking with Frank Klopas and Andrew Dykstra. Unfortunately, both interviews fell through. I didn't want to leave you without any sort of update though, so I'll go ahead and share a couple of notes about the Fire's new starting goalkeeper.
*Dykstra is a big dude. Officially listed at 6'4" and 205 pounds, he is a commanding presence in net and should be able to use his big body to control the area. I would guess (I can't go any farther than a guess though, I've only seen him play one half of soccer...) that he is good at handling crosses and long balls headed his way. *From what I've seen, he is a very hard worker. A very hard worker. I'm guessing he kind of followed Busch's lead in this aspect, but regardless it should be noted that Dykstra gives everything he has in every single training session. This work ethic -- combined with his natural skill -- is what allowed him to rapidly shoot past Nick Noble on the depth chart last season.
*He's not afraid to be vocal. Willingness to yell at players is almost a requirement for any goalkeeper. In order to organize the defense, you have to be loud and you have to have conviction. Recalling short sided games in training sessions last year, Dykstra has both.
*Like most reserves, Dykstra did not have much of a locker room presence last season. This is in stark contrast to Jon Busch, who was one of the most vocal guys on the 2009 roster. Dykstra will likely have to up his locker room presence -- at least a little bit -- to really earn the trust of his teammates.
*The rest is somewhat unknown. We'll see how he meshes with the Fire's first team defenders and adjusts to the speed of an actual regular season match come Saturday. All eyes will undoubtedly be on him. If the Fire is to leave New York with a win, he'll need to handle the pressure.