Fire Trim Training Roster By Four

The Fire's practice session on Saturday looked a bit lighter for good reason.  Several players are no longer in camp and won't be headed to phase 2 of pre-season training in Florida next week. 

Supplemental draft pick Yannick Salmon and trialists Barry Rice, Ashley McInnes, and Hunter Jarrett are the first casualties. 

 

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  • Had to happen, always does. You just always hope that they either come back to you stronger (if ever again), or don't come back to haunt you.

  • Any word on the other striker?

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Sounds like later this week.

  • In reply to cesba:

    suuuuuuuurrrrrreeee, i've heard that before! ;)

  • In reply to cesba:

    Move on from Peter Wilt please, people act like he is a god, but yet no other MLS team wanted him when the Fire got rid of him. He was involved with the Red Stars until they Folded no he is with the Riot until they fold, and he also failed in bringing a MLS team to Wisconsin the man is not the god you people make him out to be.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    everyone is free to their opinion, but judging him on his work with the red stars and riot hardly counts in my book. both of those are enormous uphill battles in a crowded sports market that barely has enough room financially for a legit MLS team. the amount of teams like the RS and Riot that have folded over the years is countless.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Fair enough, but care to comment on why no other MLS team has ever touched him?

  • In reply to bulls428:

    no, that's definitely a valid point. i honestly don't have a strong opinion either way...i can see how others love him and what he accomplished w/the fire but not being hired by another organization definitely raises a red flag.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    He never wanted to leave the area. It's not as though he wasn't asked.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Peter Wilt is a classy guy and has great loyalty to the Chicago and Milwaukee area and I hope he comes back to the Fire in some capacity.
    We have sure seen better days especially in year one winning the Hunt cup and MLS cup as an expansion team!
    We have really fallen from the glorious days and are truely in a rebuilding mode but without direction and people in charge that know what they are doing!

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Valid points by Eric and Drew. Let's not crown Peter Wilt as some kind of king. However, he did a lot for that organization while he was with the Fire. He hired an unknown coach Bob Bradley (now USMNT coach), drafted and signed players like Zach Thornton, Chris Armas, Jesse Marsch, CJ Brown, Roman Kosescki, Peter Nowak, Lubos Kubik, Carlos Bocanegra, DeMarcus Beasley, Ante Razov and etc. Also, he had done something that no other MLS franchise will ever accomplish for a while, a MLS Championship in their inaugural season. Currently, Wilt runs the Riot and fans have to move on and look at the present and the future. Quote from Mike Ditka: "You live in the past, you die in the past."

  • In reply to longoria3:

    And Damani Ralph, Hristo Stoickov, and Logan Pause is certainly worthy of mention. .

  • In reply to bulls428:

    The Fire need to go after Charlie Davies. We have no strikers at a top level.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Too late on that one....

  • In reply to cesba:

    Couldn't have gotten him anyway, as DC was on top of the allocation draft. I'm really pulling for him to tear up the MLS (but with no goals at the Fire's expense, of course).

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    The Leonardo that is currently on trial with the Fire is not the same Leonardo that played for the LA Galaxy last season. Seems that Leonardo is still in LA and started a scrimmage match for the Gals today.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    God?? God is a myth for children. Wilt's record is not a myth, but brute material fact.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Eric,
    You are correct Peter Wilt is not a God.
    But he is "A Legend For Soccer In The
    Chicago Area." He understands the game
    and what will increase The Fan Base.
    Look at what he has done for The Chicago Riot
    so far. Inviting former Chicago Sting Players
    and other well known player a couple of weeks
    ago to mingle with the fans prior to the Baltimore
    Blast game. Peter should be brought back to the
    Fire to inspire the team and its Fans. The current
    group are showing that they don't have their act
    together. My vote Peter Wilt for Chicago - Fire President.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Look at what he's done with the Riot? I've seen more attendance at non-football high school sporting events (prep football attendance figures would look like El Dorado to Wilt and MISL).

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/soccerinsider/2011/02/wednesday_kickaround_71.html#more

    Arnoux wouldn't look bad up front for the Men in Red! I'm grasping at straws here for things to get excited about.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Unfortunately the Fire would have to win a weighted allocation lottery for Arnoux....which is different from the regular allocation process that MLS uses for international players.

    San Jose won the rights to goalkeeper David Bingham through the allocation lottery process a few weeks ago. Funny how a player from the San Jose area managed to end up in San Jose after the local team defies the odds to win his services in a lottery which wasn't made public.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    An interesting fact about the Monte Carlo Casino is that citizen of Monaco are not allowed to enter; how, amazing. I guess this must be a policy decision so that locals are saved from the habit of playing casino games. Important aspect of such a policy is that despite such a tactics the Monte Carlo Casino attracts a large number of overseas casino players. Quite strange to believe an industry surviving on customers from outside has become an attractive travel destination and a widely known casino center.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Gaston Puerari started training yesterday and is wearing #18. Mike Banner has switched to #7.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Yep. I wouldn't mind sharing a beer with Peter, but not interested in bringing him back.

    Best of luck Peter, see you in the East Lot.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Hunter Jarrett is Greg Jarrett's son fyi.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    Guillermo,
    Did the Fire actually say they are going to announce
    the signing of another veteran Striker this week?
    Now that the Super Bowl hype is over, "Julian Posada needs
    to start performing and work on getting a Jersey Sponsor
    and getting the needed Media attention. I thought we were
    told that he had a top position with The Chicago Tribune.
    Why doesn't he use his connections there and start getting
    some attention for The fire.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Tiger,
    The Fire haven't actually said that the announcement would come this week. That's my guess based on everything I've heard.
    Posada didn't hold a top position at the Tribune but he was in charge of Hoy....the spanish language newspaper that is a Tribune property. He surely has connections over at Trib tower...we'll see what that produces.

  • In reply to bulls428:

    The Chicago fire is a hidden professional soccer team located in Chicago. You could ask almost anyone in the city to name just one player and I would be surprised if 1 in a thousand could produce a players name. Please bring back Peter Wilt the team use to be a young well coached team. Today the only aspect of the team that I am sure of is that is the worst coached team in the league. I will continue to try to follow the team but it is a difficult team and organization to understand.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    The Chicago Fire are so hidden they're not even in Chicago. And let's not bring back Peter Wilt . . . unless he's named Director of Fan Relations and has the authority to offer an open tab at the park for STH's.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    For all the Wilt years the Fire were consistently one of the best, if not the best, teams in MLS. he plucked both Armas and Beasley from LA, among many shrewd deals. There is much more to Wilt than being gregarious and fan friendly. I would happily see him return as President.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Peter Wilt pulled off one of the shrewdest deals in MLS history when he fleeced the Galaxy to get Armas. He selected Danny Pena and Kevin Hartman in the 1998 expansion draft. The Galaxy were left Pena unprotected because he had made it clear that he would play in LA or nowhere. Wilt also knew that the Galaxy were keen to unload Campos, whose trips between MLS and the Mexican league were very disruptive. Knowing that LA really wanted to keep Hartman, he offered to give Hartman and Pena back to LA in exchange for Armas. Campos was thrown into the deal to make it more palatable for LA.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    I agree 100% bringing Peter Wilt back as President
    of The Chicago-Fire is what is needed in order to
    right the sinking ship. The current leadership isn't
    getting the job done. Andrew Hauptman "Please Wake Up."

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