Fire Training Report - Castillo Staying In Chicago

According to Carlos De Los Cobos, Nery Castillo will not travel with the team to Seattle in order to continue working on his fitness.  Castillo will stay in Chicago to work with fitness coach Alvaro Birones ahead of the Los Angeles game next weekend. 

"Nery is improving, but first he needs to recover his best fitness level because he is not 100%.  He won't travel with us.  I prefer (he) stay with the Professor Birones and a few other guys to train.  Maybe for the next week he will be ready for LA.  My intention is that he needs to recover his best fitness level and the only way to regain that is for him to train every day here", said De Los Cobos. 

In other practice/training news heading into Seattle:

  • De Los Cobos appears to be leaning towards Krol at left back and Segares at center back this weekend.  He also mentioned the possibility of starting Watson-Siriboe ahead of Brown.  Those decisions will probably be made on Saturday.
  • John Thorrington is ready to play and will travel with the team to Seattle.
  • Patrick Nyarko may also be available to start and may play some forward.
  • Collins John is also fit and may see some playing time this weekend.
  • Calen Carr is also in the mix for a starting spot.
  • Sean Johnson is fine and has been okayed by team doctors to play on Saturday.  Johnson trained today.
  • Marco Pappa has a slight hamstring issue.  The team will re-evaluate him tomorrow in Seattle.  Pappa missed training today. 

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  • Simon Borg rants about Freddie Ljungberg's departure from Seattle on Extra Time Radio (50 minute mark).

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/videos?catid=1916&id=8132

  • Thanks for the full update! Just signed up on Twitter, I've avoided it for a while and only now am realizing the power of the social media. Now, all I need is for you to break the next DP player news on their to make it fully worth it!!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I've avoided it for a while myself but it can be useful.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Thorrington being healthy should be breaking news. If Nery Castillo wasn't going to be 100 percent fit, what was the purpose of investing a 1 million dollar player that hasn't played for two months? Don't get me wrong, I want Nery to succeed more than any Chicago Fire fan, they could had done their homework very carefully. A player like him takes a while to get back in full strength. He better use this time and effort wisely with a fitness coach. See Calen Carr. Hard work pays off.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    They probably invested the money in him because he is a very good player that we have for next season also. How can you guys be pissed at him because he isnt 100% match fit after 3 weeks with the team and being on vacation for 2 months. You guys need to calm down with it being the end of the world if everything isnt perfect right away. It's annoying.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    perhaps heed your own advice? ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    With? ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    Ditto. Can Sean make it 4 weeks in a row with save of the week? Hope he doesn't even have an opportunity because the Sounders get no time to shoot. How about 1-0 with Freddy L getting the goal?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    He has not looked like a very good player to me. If he is not fit, then couldn't he atleast give us 20 good minutes? Every time he touches the ball he loses it. He looks as bad in the first 5 mins as he does right before "he takes himself out at half." I do not think his biggest problem is fitness (although it is a problem), he is just overrated and we made a mistake wasting our money on him.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    It was a surely a gamble given that Castillo really hasn't been on form since 2007 but it might be a bit early to flatly declare him a bust.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I think it is a good gamble. He is coming over here to prove he can still play. It's now or never for him and thats a good thing for us. It's not like he is 38 and can barely run to half and back.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Castillo acquisition is either a steal or he belongs in the Landin category. Fans, including myself expecting him to make a huge impact right away and he is not getting it done due to inconsistency that results in him not being 100 percent fit. If they want to go the playoffs and advance, they have to put their best eleven out there; their is no time for so and so to get fit with 12 games left in the season unless he catches on quickly. I hope Castillo's contributions for the Fire will eat me words; until then, I view this a head scratcher for a DP.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I want a hat-trick out of Freddie!

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Yes yes yes!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Glad to see the mighty Thor! It seems like a lot of good news today, I think we have a really good mix of guys competing for the starting spot. Castillo needs to get in shape quick if he's going to be any help and have an impact on our playoff run. Aside from that, everything looks good. Things haven't looked this bright in a while. If we can get a result in Seattle things will be looking positive heading into the LA matchup in coming up.

  • Agreed :). And Carr has been MLS quality.

  • I wouldn't call a guy that stays at least an hour after every practice each day lazy. Now, if you want to criticize him for not staying in shape during his planned offseason then the critique may be valid. You have to remember that this is essentially his pre-season right now.

    And Eddie Curry was lazy.

  • Eddy Curry never put the time and effort since he wore a Bulls uniform. Even though I was critical of Nery Castillo not being in shape with a two month span he wasn't playing, at least he is aware of it by spending his time wisely with a fitness coach. Maybe an extra hour or two won't hurt by focusing on the basics. Example, former Rangers OF Juan Gonzalez, during his time in the minors he spent over 5 hours with Bump Wills learning how to slide and focusing on baserunning.

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