Dykstra Cut and Some Trialists Identified

The Fire have announced the release of last season's opening day goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.  The acquisition of Jon Conway via trade on draft day led to some speculation that the Fire would keep three 'keepers on the roster in order to make one available for reserve league action while the other competed for the back up spot to Sean Johnson.  Dykstra's age (25) restricts the Fire's flexibility under MLS' newly revised roster rules. 

Under the new rules any player 25 or older is not eligible for the "Off Budget" salary slots made available for players occupying roster spots 25-30.  The new rules also stipulate that the "Off Budget" players earn a minimum of $32,500.00 per season.  Dykstra was due for an annual increase to $42,000.00 based on the collective bargaining agreement signed last spring therefore making him expendable in favor of a younger and less expensive reserve keeper who would not count against the cap number.  While this move is an unfortunate reality of the revamped salary cap and roster rules it also makes the release of Jon Busch last spring in favor of Dykstra look even more dubious. 

Trialist Identified

The names of some of the trialists currently in camp have been released.  The list includes young Colombians Fabian Burbano (striker) and Yoximar Granados (right back), Nate Weiss (right back), and Ashley McInnes (striker).  The full list is due to be released tomorrow. 

Burbano is not the international striker who has been rumored to be joining the club over the last few weeks. 

MLS "Major" Announcement on Tuesday

Don Garber will be joined by Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry for what MLS calls a "major announcement" on Tuesday afternoon.  I doubt that the league would go this extent to simply announce the league schedule. That's due next week.  My guess is the announcement of a new television contract will be made while we're preparing for the most cataclysmic snowfall in the history of snow dumps. 

  

 

 

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  • Considering the Fire's FB posts and announcing their Monday announcement of player signings, this is a big letdown. I sure hope they have some much bigger news soon. I just can't believe, after the mass exoduses of the past two seasons that this offseason has been so slow. It feels like they know they are going to be terrible and have just accepted it as fact instead of bringing in legit players. My patience is running awfully thin right now.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I'm annoyed, quite f...ing annoyed. Waste of time.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I would love to see Ashley McInnes to get a shot with the Fire. He was a descent player with Tulsa.

  • In reply to Drew:

    No surprises so far, no game changers either.
    Fire has a solid base and is about three top players from
    being highly competitive.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I have usually been willing to give the Fire front office the benefit of the doubt. But I'm just about out of patience. This rubbish of delays in visa approvals is bunk. If they truly have players on the hook then announce them with that proviso. It's been done before. If they are playing games betting on some great PR they had better have some very good names or else the backlash will be ugly!! Nobody likes being jacked around, even old people!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I'll try to find out what the deal is tomorrow at training.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Really glad I re-upped season tickets before this announcement, no wonder there has been so strong a push to get you to renew...we are going to get dumped on this year, it just wont be snow!

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Maybe Umanzor's flight to El Salvador will be cancelled tomorrow and they will be forced to re-sign him to an extension. ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    I knew I should have paid for better seats!

  • In reply to cesba:

    According to the Fire....42 players participated in training today. There are 20 players under contract plus four draft picks in camp.

    Sam Arthur has decided to finish his final semester at South Carolina before joining the team at a later date, so he is not at training.

    There are also 18 international and domestic trialists in camp.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The pre-season schedule released last week included a TBD on February 26.

    That TBD foe will be the Seattle Sounders in Bradenton, FL.

  • In reply to cesba:

    This may explain alot...

    http://beerandsoccer.com/2011/01/31/666/

  • In reply to cesba:

    Juan Pablo Pereya, 26, striker, winger

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    He'd require a transfer fee I think

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Try this one.......

    http://sportifi.com/news/Wanderers-striker-Puerari-linked-with-MLS-427959.html

    http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/futbol/jugador/_/id/116519/gaston-puerari

    Uruguayan, striker, some success in his domestic league, and only 25 years old.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OOMGMYE5MI

  • In reply to cesba:

    Seems a lot like Chris Rolfe. I was always in the belief that the FO deserved till the end of the window before being criticized. Well, I think it's time to criticize.

  • In reply to fire1020:

    Which window?...the MLS window closes on April 15. Let's see what Puerari brings.

  • In reply to cesba:

    If he is more than a rumor that is...

  • In reply to cesba:

    Chris Rolfe will come home in the summer transfer. Please refer to this post when that happens.

  • In reply to giaco:

    I will mark this down Giaco.

  • In reply to giaco:

    If this organization doesn't get it's @%$# together I doubt that will happen. As much as Chris loves the Fire it's not same as when he left.

  • In reply to giaco:

    i will highly doubt he will come back. if frank did not make him a good enough offer before he left, who's to say he will make him a good enough offer in the summer.

  • In reply to firefan1998:

    It wasn't the money that made him leave (although, it didn't help).

  • In reply to cesba:

    looks ok to me - striker that can shoot from edge of the box, & looks like he is very willing & has the vision to play the ball to others coming into the box

    chicago needs a bit of south american flair anyways

    plus, looks like this guy could use some fans to play in front of :)

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Another possible trialist.....19 yo Argentine midfielder Martin Rivas who participated in the MLS Combine and played in two friendlies for DC United last summer.

    Oh....and seriously take a look at the video of the player mentioned in the previous comment.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Charlie Corr has a little more about Umanzor's impending departure....

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire/post/_/id/960/source-fire-explore-umanzors-departure

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