In a match that could become an annual tradition, the Fire is set to take on
Friday's festivities will feature an extended tailgate party near Gate D beginning at 2pm. Klopas is providing the roast pig and lamb, there will be more give aways, a meet and greet with new team President Julian Posada, and a supporter's match played on the
The main event is the match on Friday night against the Crew as the Fire look to salvage something from a disappointing season.
Andy Gruenebaum got the start in goal on Tuesday but William Hesmer should return as the starter against the Fire. Frankie Hejduk,
Eddie Gaven, Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, and Kevin Burns got the call in midfield for the Open Cup final while Robbie Rogers and Emilio Renteria entered the match as substitutes.
Carlos De Los Cobos continues to juggle the line up due to injury even at this late stage in the season. The latest casualty is goalkeeper Sean Johnson who suffered an eye injury in training on Tuesday. Andrew Dykstra will replace Johnson while AC St. Louis keeper Alec Duffy has been signed as a back up.
De Los Cobos has indicated he will start CJ Brown and Dasan Robinson in the middle, eschewing rookie Kwame Watson-Siriboe after three consecutive starts. It would seem to me that keeping Watson-Siriboe in the starting eleven would make more sense since he is presumably a big part of the picture next season and any additional seasoning would be helpful. Gonzalo Segares should return from injury at left back replacing the now injured Krzyzstof Krol. Steven Kinney will start at right back.
The middle of the field is again a question mark. De Los Cobos has mentioned the possibility of finding some playing time for Corben Bone ahead of Logan Pause centrally but it's more likely that Peter Lowry or Freddie Ljungberg fill that position if Nery Castillo is back in the line up either at left mid or withdrawn forward. Marco Pappa and Bratislav Ristic still figure to be in the equation as starters while Patrick Nyarko could see time as a substitute since he is apparently suffering from bone spurs in his right ankle which sidelined him from training today.
Whether or not Calen Carr continues to start or Collins John and/or Brian McBride return to starter's minutes is anyone's guess.
OUT: Mike Banner M (bilateral Achilles tendinitis), Sean Johnson GK (hyphema); QUESTIONABLE: Gonzalo Segares D (R quad strain), John Thorrington M (R quad strain), Baggio Husidic M (R quad strain)
OUT: Danny O'Rourke M (back spasms)
The Crew have been displaced atop the Eastern Conference standings by
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