MLS Roster Deadline Looms

The final MLS roster deadline closes tomorrow at 4 pm and the Fire currently have one roster spot open.  After the release of Stefan Dimitrov on August 27, the team has opted to continue with 23 senior roster players available for selection.  Homegrown talent Victor Pineda was signed on August 17 but does not count toward the maximum roster limit of 24. 

Perpetual trialist Bratislav Ristic has been training with the team for almost two months and should fill the final roster spot if Frank Klopas does not have another surprise addition coming within the next 24 hours.  Ristic should be signed for no other reason than to provide some insurance in the event that the team suffers through another rash of injuries, suspensions, or bad play as they have been prone to encounter all season, particularly in midfield. 

Marco Pappa, Patrick Nyarko, John Thorrington, Collins John, and Brian McBride have all missed time due to injury/illness and there is little reason to believe that the injury syndrome will cease any time soon given the state of affairs in Philadelphia.   There's really no reason for leaving a roster spot open after September 15 and leaving the door ajar for the even the slightest possibility of not being able to dress 18 players for a match, as was the case several times this season. 



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  • I wonder if Frank contacted Preki about the open roster spot.
    (just kidding)

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I'm wondering if Preki isn't better than Dimitrov right now.

  • We could use another assisant coach.

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  • Some would suggest we need a coach.
    Wonder how well Preki would have done with this team?

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Interesting question. Preki did a good job with Chivas but apparently wore out his welcome. Mo Johnston should be the guy under fire up there.

    DeGuzman as a DP (for that amount of money) was always questionable.

  • In reply to cesba:

    horrible decision on Trader Mo to sign a defending midfielder as a DP (De Guzman). Preki is a good coach but the organization and front office is in disarray since they existed. TFC is in a the worst situation than the Fire are right now. At least, the Fire have young players to build around like Kinney, Johnson, Watson-Siriboe, Pineda and Bone to blend with veterans like Conde, Pappa, Nyarko, Castillo and Ljungberg. The albatross with this team is having a consistent lineup on a weekly basis. Injuries, callups, midseason acquisitions and serving suspensions for cards force DLC to juggle the lineup will mess up the chemistry that leads to a failed season. That is why I give DLC a pass for the 2010 season with a 34 game regular season in 2011.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    According to Sam....Kinney, Robinson, and Thorrington did not train today.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Is the Fire going to sign Ristic or what? At what point will Klopas of CDLC be on the bubble?

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Ristic, I would think so. He's back at training this week and he's been at the games hanging around the locker room afterwards.

    Part 2 is a question for Hauptman after the season.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Section 8's twitter is saying that Ristic is finally, officially on the roster. I don't know what to think about this, guess he's better than an injured Thorrington or a 100% Dimitrov. Guillermo, can you confirm???

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I heard that Risitic is a assist specialist that doesn't score many goals.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    I am just wondering if this Ristic guys is any good, then why do we wait til now to finally sign him?

  • In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    They may have been exploring other options that didn't pan out.

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