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.