Practice Report - Sean Johnson Out Friday

The biggest news coming out of practice today is that Sean Johnson will miss Friday's game against Columbus with an eye injury suffered in training yesterday.  Johnson is suffering through a condition called hyphema which occurs with internal bleeding in the eye causing blurred vision.  The injury occured on Tuesday when Johnson was hit by a shot at close range.  The jokes about a Fire player actually getting a shot on goal at the wrong time almost write themselves. 

In other training notes:

  • Nery Castillo resumed full training and should be available on Friday
  • Krzyzstof Krol suffered a quad injury and is probably out on Friday although he is not on the injury report
  • Gonzalo Segares has resumed full training and should start on Friday
  • Calen Carr was out sick today but should be fine
  • John Thorrington and Deris Umanzor both sat out training today
  • Mike Banner is still out with an achilles injury
  • Baggio Husidic resumed training today
  • Andrew Dykstra will start on Friday and likely Tuesday against Kansas City
  • CJ Brown and Dasan Robinson will likely start at centerback on Friday

When asked about younger players like Corben Bone and Victor Pineda getting on the field in the last four matches Carlos De Los Cobos responded, "Maybe we'll have the opportunity to see these guys at the end of the season.  Maybe Corben Bone together with Logan Pause in center midfield since Thorrington is injured and Baggio is not 100%."  He has been impressed with Pineda and feels he has an excellent future but he is more of a project at this point. 

Klopas podcast

Jeff Crandall interviewed Frank Klopas on this week's All In podcast.  Klopas had a few things of interest to say about this season.  Among the highlights....

  • He expected 7-10 goals this season from Collins John
  • Explains the Bratislav Ristic signing delay
  • And most curiously....thinks that he should have signed an experienced central defender during the past offseason  



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  • Chicago Fire already in soccer hell. Dykstra starting just put the icing on the cake.

  • eh, i kinda like that dykstra is getting another shot. if he doesnt look good on this 2nd chance, he probly wont get another

    we already know what we got from sean johnson, i'm curious if dykstra can redeem himself, & who knows, maybe even push sean johnson to be even better

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Totally agree. We know we have the future in Sean, Andrew can amuse us and hopefully will not suck it up too bad that we carry 2 young keepers and not beat ourselves too bad with letting Busch go eventhough how we treated him and how much leadership he showed is very wrong and a black mark on this club.

  • In reply to smiley:

    and its not like chicago has anything to lose by using dykstra again. good time for this to happen

    well now that chicago is out of the playoffs i can concentrate on watching tottenham and rangers in the Champs league

  • In reply to smiley:

    Looks like the Fire will be adding AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Duffy on loan for the rest of the season due to Johnson's injury.

    Duffy played one game for the Red Bulls last season and spent some time as a back up in Columbus.

  • In reply to smiley:

    Carlos Bocanegra says he's like to return to the Fire....possibly in 2012

  • In reply to cesba:

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  • In reply to cesba:

    Wow, that would be excellent. I miss him. Hell, bring back Beasley, too!!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Frank Klopas will be on tonight's Chicago Tribune Live on CSN at 6

  • In reply to cesba:

    So another line change on Friday. This year is just crazy. But if Columbus win on Fire this will put me over the edge. I want at least a tie. I hope someone steps up. Next year no distration only MLS play and open cup. Funny how Columbus and Seattle think playing the open cup still matters.

  • In reply to cesba:

    It would be nice if more than 8,185 show up for an Open Cup final in Chicago too. That's the attedance for the final at Toyota Park in 2006.

  • In reply to cesba:

    According to Simon Borg on Extra Time Radio today....Patrick Nyarko has been playing with bone spurs in his right ankle since around the fifth game of the season. Might explain some of the drop off from Nyarko although he has not mentioned this issue before.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Concerning Klopas comments -- the interest in a central defender --- could it mean that he already had doubts about Conde? or was it CJ? If so CJ didn't disappoint but Conde sure did. Hopefully we won't see any more of Mr. Yellow-Card next year.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    That's why I found the comments curious. There were more pressing needs this year than central defender.

    The Fire also have a pretty good offer on the table for Conde at the moment. It could be possible that Klopas is re-thinking that offer.

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