Mid Week Training Report

The Fire depart for California on Thursday to close out the season against Chivas USA on Saturday night.  The game doesn't mean much to either side and the Fire could use the opportunity to get a look at some younger players. 

  • According to De Los Cobos he wants to give Corben Bone another shot against Chivas but hasn't decided whether or not he will start yet.
  • Sean Johnson returned to training with the first team but the coach wants to review his recovery before making a decision on the goalkeeper for Saturday night.
  • Brian McBride was out sick and did not train. 
  • Gonzalo Segares, Dasan Robinson, and Mike Banner are all on the official injury report and did not train today.
  • Collins John is still out sick.
  • Wilman Conde was not available after training and the Fire had no official comment regarding reports that the defender was heading to Israel on trial. 

De Los Cobos also expounded on the season and the difficulties the team has had.  "For me it's been a new experience.  I needed to learn about the league, the characteristics of the players, and the way teams play in this league," said De Los Cobos.  "I'm sure next season, my second in MLS will be very different.  Now I know the players and the way to play against other teams.  I'll have more tools to fight and play other teams too."

In terms of improvement on the field the coach offered, "We need to improve technique - passing the ball, shooting the ball, crossing - I need to work on that with our players."

We've disussed injuries and the effect of lengthier and more difficult training sessions on the current team in the comments section of a previous post.  When asked about that topic De Los Cobos indicated that this will be addressed next season, "Part of the reason is guys were adapting to our style of work and training.  Next season will be a different situation for me because I know the players better.  I'll know better how to work (train) here - I need to take advantage of this." 

 

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  • Sam's practice report......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/fire-notes-de-los-cobos-undecided-starting-gk

  • When all else fails....

    http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2010/10/20/peruvian-soccer-players-allegedly-drugged-by-other-team-during-m/?icid=main%7Cmain%7Cdl7%7Csec1_lnk3%7C178948

  • I hope they start Corben Bone but have him at CENTER midfield not outside. He doesn't have the breakaway speed to play outside. Will Risitic play midfield or left/right back pending on injuries?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I'm guessing right mid

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Hey, I entered some contest whose first prize was airfare, hotel, and tix to the Chivas game. Do you know who won that? It certainly wasn't me.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I think it was Corben Bone........

    Seriously, I have no idea. I would imagine the Fire will have some sort of announcement on their Facebook page.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    back heel flick into a dunk.....

    http://ht.ly/2WM6T

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Sorry Guys,
    Just sick and tired of reading De los Cobos lame excuses of didn't
    know MSL and the players. The problem is De los Cobos is the "Wrong
    coach for the Chicago Fire." Other teams have let their coaches go after not delivering on their promises. We need someone else that knows what they are doing. How about Chicago native and former Chicago Sting and former DC Coach Tomy Soehn??? I am sure he is much better than the under achiever the Fire has now. I cant imagine Andrew Hauptman puting uo with another disappointing season
    in 2011 under De los Cobos. We need someone who is able to correctly evaluate players on their prior performance ahead of signing them. De los Cobos has failed in this area as we know.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Soehn played for the Chicago Fire not the Chicago Sting. He played for the Fire from 1998-2000. He is currently working for the Vancouver Whitecaps as the Director of Soccer Operations.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I believe Soehn interviewed for the job this past January. Longoria is correct....he's currently Director of Soccer of Ops for expansion Vancouver.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Thank you,
    longoria3 and Guillermo Rivera,
    You are both correct. I stand corrected.
    Its going to be a long winter I am hopefully
    looking forward to a good 2011 Chicago Fire Season.
    I am convinced in order to be successfull in 2011 we
    NEED A NEW COACH and FITNESS COACH and some proven quality
    players who can electrefy the Toyota Park Chicago Fire Fans.
    Dont want a repeat of 2010 so changes are necessary.
    Those that did'nt deliver need to make room for those that can.
    Dont want to be a broken record and repeat myself.
    As dedicated Fire Fans we want much better in 2011 than what
    we just went through in 2010.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Let's be honest name a sport where a new coach typically makes the playoffs. For DLC next year will be more pivotal, although i think with the change in philosophy it is more a 3 year change.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I think it takes a year to implement what a coach wants to do (getting players to buy into the system and familiarizing themselves with each other's play)...that being said if DLC isn't in the playoffs next year with some new additions he should be gone.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i'm now inclined to agree and think CLDC should get another year to prove himself in MLS.

  • In reply to lijien:

    The Wall Street Journal compares MLS and NBA attendance.......

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304741404575564463288685240.html

  • In reply to cesba:

    one thing the article didnt mention is NBA teams get 41 home games, MLS teams get 15 plus cup/CCL/friendlys; so somewhere near 20 on average. they have half as many opportunities to fill the stadium

    still, considering the MLS is about 15 yrs old, it compares quite favorably to sports that have been around & established for much longer, have big network TV contracts, much more media coverage, etc

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    probly woulda been fairer to compare chivas to LA clippers instead of using the galaxy twice

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    It's a good sign that some media outlets are at least taking notice and not simply assuming that there is no market for MLS.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    It is also impressive for the MLS given the fact that the quality of the MLS is inferior to what you can get on TV (Premiership, La Liga, etc...), whereas the NBA is the best basketball league on the planet.

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    excellent point - i had not considered that!

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Speaking of the NBA, the quality is so low, they are considering contracting four teams. Not only the NFL are in danger in a lockout, the NBA facing the same situation

    http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2010-10-21/nba-wants-player-salary-costs-to-drop-by-a-third

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    CJ BROWN RETIRES?!?!?!?

  • In reply to lijien:

    Nery Castillo takes another jab at the Mexican press.....

    http://futbol.univision.com/mexico/seleccion-nacional/article/2010-10-21/nery-castillo-critico-que-los-jugadores-no-se-defendieran-antes

  • In reply to cesba:

    I wish I could read spanish...

  • In reply to cesba:

    Am I crazy or does DLC really want to succeed here, badly, next season? I'm reading some heat in his words. Or maybe I'm just being way too optimistic. I know there were some reports about going back to El Salv and all, but I think he really wants to make an impression on the US radar.
    I especially liked the bit about knowing now "how other teams play", as well as how his own guys play. I think that's an underrated aspect of successful coaching in MLS, and it's no surprise that - in that respect - he was coaching with one hand tied behind his back. Just my 2 cents!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Let's hope the light has been turned on.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Video of Ljungberg's appearance on Soccer Talk Live.....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/10/freddie-fsc

  • In reply to lijien:

    Jeff Crandall's All-In podcast with Patrick Nyarko features some interesting thoughts on the season....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2010/10/all-patrick-nyarko

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