CJ Brown's retirement party/team awards night drew a large turnout at The Pitch. Brown accepted his 2010 Fire defender of the year award, 2010 Supporter's player of the year award from Section 8, and a commerative gift from the Fire with the class and demeanor that we're all used to seeing from the Fire original.
The best line of the night came during Brown's closing comments to the assembled crowd. "I knew it was time to retire when I saw I was up for the Fair Play award."
The Fire have photos from the event here.
Players in attendance included McBride, Ljungberg, Pause, Thorrington, Lowry, Carr (sporting a 70's porn stache), Bone, Conde, Dykstra, Husidic, Johnson, Kinney, Nyarko, Robinson, Segares, and Watson-Siriboe.
Looking Toward 2011
The newly re-hired Mike Jeffries is currently off in South America on a scouting mission. According to this, the first stop appears to be Argentina.
Frank Klopas and Carlos De Los Cobos will be departing shortly to Eastern Europe in search of additional reinforcements.
Goal of the Year Voting
The team is running a tournament style bracket to determine a Goal of the Year winner.
Post season training continues at Toyota Park through November 19. Collins John has not trained due to recurring health issues.
The Fire will need to protect 11 players in the upcoming expansion draft. More on that soon.