Mid Week Training Report - Castillo Out?

The Fire returned to training today amid the realization that making the playoffs at this point will take something short of a miracle.  Carlos De Los Cobos called the task "very difficult" but not impossibe. "Every week we talk and I tell you unfortunately the same thing.  We're having mistakes, we lose concentration and make a big mistake like we did the other day.  We need to play the (last) seven games with honor.  We need to respect our fans and the add the points because nothing is impossible," said De Los Cobos. 

"I feel bad" the coach continued, "because I don't want to repeat the same things.  I know people are tired of listening to the same things.  It's necessary the guys understand that we are professionals and need to put 100% on the field.  This is the situation for our fans, our club, our jersey.  We need to show our commitment and respect our fans and think we can win all the points (remaining)."

News and Notes Going into the Seattle Match

 

 

  • Nery Castillo missed training today with a hamstring injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. In the meantime the team is training with Collins John as the lone forward.  The midfield formation used today included Marco Pappa, Patrick Nyarko, Logan Pause, Bratislav Ristic, and Freddie Ljungberg.  De Los Cobos referred to some early season success when contemplating tactics for this weekend's match. "We started the season with one forward formations and we had some good moments.  In the last few matches we played two forwards but the last match was difficult with one less player.  Maybe tomorrow I'll decide on one or two forwards depending on what happens with Nery."
  • When asked about Ljungberg's role, De Los Cobos still see's him behind the forward spot.  "Freddie normally plays good.  I see him playing behind one or two forwards.  It's a good position for him because he's close to the forwards.  The last match I took him off because we were playing with one less player and I needed another forward like Calen Carr to find that one option to score."
  • Dasan Robinson missed training today with a recurrence of the hamstring injury he has been battling.  If Robinson is healthy, De Los Cobos prefers to play him at center back with CJ Brown in Conde's absense. 
  • Steven Kinney missed training with a quad injury.  The Fire are without a healthy right back if Robinson plays in the middle.  Deris Umanzor could see time at right back.
  • John Thorrington returned to training although he doesn't feel 100% yet.  He should be available for selection on Saturday.
  • Brian McBride also returned to training and should be ready to go. 

Pilsen Mural

The Fire unveiled the restoration of a 13 year old mural at 1030 West 16th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood.  The mural originally featured Jorge Campos and Roman Kosecki playing at Soldier Field.  Section 8 has a few pictures of the event here.

Section 8 is also hosting a club anniversary planning event at The Pitch tonight.  The anniversary party will be held on October 8. 

     

 

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  • Former trialist Jeremiah White lands in Poland
    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/postcard-europe-white-loving-life-poland

  • is it just me or have there been an extraordinary amount of games lost to injury this year?

  • In reply to Drew:

    It's not just you. There does seem to be more than the usual.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Seattle is going with a B squad tonight in CCL action:
    Boss; Scott, Marshall, Graham, Wahl; Estrada, Fernandez, Seamon, Montano; Fucito, Jaqua

    Only Wahl and Fernandez are regular starters.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Seattle pulled a Fire around the 75th minute.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    One of the craziest nights in recent MLS memory as three teams blow two goal leads....

    Seattle blew a 2-0 lead and lost to Monterrey 3-2 to continue MLS' incredible run of misfortune in Mexico.

    New England blew a 2-0 lead in the 78th minute to draw with FC Dallas 2-2, although the tying goal was scored by Jeff Cunningham in the 93rd minute while he was about 5 feet offsides.

    Houston blew a 3-1 lead in Kansas City and lost 4-3. In a game which saw some terrible defending from both sides, Josh Wolff scored the game winner in the 97th....yes 97th minute.

    What would a night of MLS action be without some more bad news for the Fire? The Wizards are now ahead of the Fire by 7 points.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    RSL held on to their two goal lead and beat Arabe Unido 3-2 in Panama.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    I think Castillo is running out of time to impress me, hopefully he heals and scores a goal or two so I can stop having these negative thoughts about him!

    Pleasantly surprised by Ristic though, I'm excited to see how he does this weekend.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    I think the 5 man midfield with Ristic behind Ljungberg centrally with Pause is worth a look.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Yeah, It is worth a look... I just don't know how smart it is to play with 1 forward up top, especially for a team that needs ONLY wins... which means goals.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    i'm with you guys. i like how ristic looked last week and would like to see the 3 of them play together. hopefully he can keep playing like that. i wouldn't mind moving forward with him and letting thor go...as much as i love the guy he's just too fragile to rely on.

    this offseason is going to be very interesting. at this point i've given up on the post season and am starting to get excited about the idea of the fire adding a very good young player or two and letting go of some unproductive baggage. i do think "we" can get this team turned around to be a play off caliber team next year, assuming DLC isn't completely incompetent and can get the team playing together next year.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Too soon to start thinking about the protected list for expansion?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Ristic seems ok...but I don't he was a need or all that much better then the replacements

  • In reply to lijien:

    "seems ok" is a major accomplishment this year

  • In reply to cesba:

    i thought he was pretty active and had pretty solid ball skills. i didn't watch the entire game though, couldn't bare it. we'll see, it's only one game anyhow.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Proof that Puerto Rico does indeed have a national team ;)

    http://www.philadelphiaunion.com/news/2010/09/arrieta-called-puerto-rican-national-team

  • In reply to cesba:

    Other than Marco Velez and Arrieta, Puerto Rico has a LONG way to go in order to compete with the big boys. Who is the coach for PRMNT?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It's Islanders coach Colin Clarke pulling double duty. Sounders back up keeper Terry Boss is also on the team.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    According to Tom Soehn (who's running the show in Vancouver), negotiations with Jay DeMerit are "worlds apart".

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Is Krol of his way out? Nobody seems to know what going on with him.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I think DLC is just not a fan.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Lets keep Krol and get rid of DLC

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    I like that idea.

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    i wouldn't mind that at all. that said, i'm generally against giving coaches only 1 year to get things put together. but dlc is not inspiring much confidence the way the team has played since getting some pretty damn good players.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I am not a big fan of changing coaches on a yearly basis and the players going through learning from one system to another. It takes time for players to used to a system that are not familiar with. Look at Schmid in Columbus, Arena in LA and Hyndeman in Dallas.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Orrin Schwarz has a few ideas for Julian Posada
    http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=409992

  • In reply to cesba:

    not overly creative, but a start i suppose...

  • In reply to cesba:

    This should be an interesting broadcast. The Quakes broadcast team is brutal.
    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/09/fire-earthquakes-tv-switch

  • In reply to cesba:

    Humorous celebrity look alike articles by Jeff Crandall

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/09/ze-doppelgangers-pt-2

  • In reply to cesba:

    The Fire is trying a bunch of different approaches and promotions in order to recapture and promote 2011 season ticket sales. Frank Flopas should check out this one......
    http://chicagofiresoccer.blogspot.com/2010/09/renew-for-2011-and-be-entered-to-win.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    Check out the new USA World Cup promo video

    http://www.gousabid.com/pages/morganfreeman?source=twitter&subsource=GoUSABidTweet-2010-09-23-135p&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=GoUSABidTweet&utm_campaign=2010-09-23-135p

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