Here's an excerpt from Steve Davis' "Talking Tactics" column on mlssoccer.com. He addresses the same issue with the midfield spot that we've been discussing here.
"New Chicago Fire manager Carlos de los Cobos wants more passing and possession at Toyota Park. I like the way he's thinking, but does he have the right personnel? Can Chicago be fully effective in this style without a passing and possession wiz in the middle? Logan Pause holds the fort dutifully, but he's not the best at clean, efficient distribution. John Thorrington will help when he returns from injury, presumably playing in front of Pause. Still, providing that central spark is not really Thorrington's game, eitehr. He's more "turn and burn" than "touch-touch." So DLC's ideas may have to give way to reality."