More Trialists Released and More Come In

Before departing for Phase 2 of pre-season training in Florida the Fire announced the release of trialists Nate Weiss, Graham Dugoni, Pedro Chicarelli, Leonardo, Matt Glaeser and Amadou Sanyang.

They have also added new trialists Shane Clark, Gabriel Ferrari, Jordan Seabrook, Evan Schwarz, Joachim Bendu, Orr Barouch, and two additional yet unnamed players. 

There are 16 trialists, 20 signed players, and three draft picks currently on the roster.  In an increasingly embarrassing and almost comical fashion, International Striker "X" still has not been announced.

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  • With this delay, I'm wondering how Striker X is going to be received once announced. At this point (and by no fault of his own), I'm afraid our new Striker friend will have to be amazing, or have the last name "Messi" to not garner raised eyebrows when he's finally announced. The responsibility of which could rest on a number of shoulders, his excluded.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    Wasn't Striker X Speed Racers Brother? ;~)

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Maybe he'll wear #9.....and drive the Shooting Star.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Philadelphia won the weighted lottery for Virginia forward Chris Argorsor yesterday. Only three teams participated Philly, Portland, and Vancouver.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Shane Clarke has produced zero goals in 69 games, just the type of player the Fire is looking for.
    Orr Barouch could be the surprise of the group.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Is it too early to get my Fire jersey customized? I want An X over the 10 on the back.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    You can also have jersey sponsor "x" on the front.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Maybe the jersey sponsor can be the letter "X" like in "Sesame Street". Cookie Monster can be the guest GM and Statler and Waldorf can criticize the team on "Fire Confidential". I like the idea Patrick.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Statler and Waldorf? Janjo would love that.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Yeah!!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    As ominous and terrible as this might be looking, I'm real excited just to start to season, get out to Toyota Park, and have a great time soaking in the new team. I know it might go terribly bad, but we've seen raw and ugly-looking MLS teams do well enough before... and if you can reach the playoffs you never know what can happen. Overly optimistic? Probably, but I'm still excited.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    WTF?

  • In reply to Janjo:

    Yeah I said it! ... might regret it in a few months, but I stand behind it now! ha

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I'm excited for the season and watching games and seeing how some of our younger players develop, but this excitement is in spite of the Fire and what they've accomplished this season.

    Playoffs? We're talking playoffs???

  • In reply to cesba:

    Side note: Nery is on the bench for Aris versus Machester City. We'll see if he's "fitness" allows him to get an apperance.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    So far, here is his current stats that will knock your socks off: 4 games with zero goals. His last goal was with Shakhtar back in 2008-2009 season.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Another note: Conde has two goals with Atlas and he is a center back.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Under Julian Posoda,Frank Klopas and Carlos de los Cobos the
    Chicago Fire are not the team they used to be.
    Still no Jersey Sponsor,the New Players they have in camp
    appear to be inferior to those of other MLS Teams.
    Since the current Chicago Fire Front Office Staff don't
    Know how to assemble a Winning Team and Organization a
    name change would be in order. Here are a few suggestions;
    "Chicago-Shadow", "Chicago-Flicker".

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Rumor has it, that the Fire's new international striker is Casper De'Ghost,
    known as "The Invisible One"

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    On the surface he would seem to be very fan friendly...

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    HTIOT does some homework on the trialists.....

    http://www.hottimeinoldtown.com/2011/2/14/1993802/fire-in-florida

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Chivas USA has acquired USMNT right back Heath Pearce from FC Dallas for allocation money.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Left back, no?

  • In reply to cesba:

    Does anyone know anything about this???? What do you think Guillermo?

    http://www.mls-rumors.net/14981/2011/02/incoming-chicago-fire-looking-to-sign-costa-ricans-walter-pate-centeno-and-jose-luis-puppy-lopez/

  • In reply to TKing:

    Let's hope and pray it's not true.
    The last thing the Fire needs is other team's cast-offs. If we are going to suck, the Fire are better playing younger players with promise, than using has beens. Puppy would probably develop a great relationship with Sparky, as the team is going to the dogs anyway.
    Why is it difficult for the Fire to draw interest from top quality players (outside of Gibbs).
    Has the team developed a bad reputation due to poor management?
    Back in May I said the Fire was being led by amateurs and morons, nothing has happened since that time to change my perception, only to strengthen it.
    I see the Fire hasn't announced the signing of their striker, Casper De'Ghost as yet.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I'll see if I can find out anything about this rumor. Centeno has been a good player for a long time but he's almost 37.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    http://www.mlsgear.com/25286-sc.html

    That's a familiar sight! Nice to see you again, old friend! Did you bring your brother, flag jersey?

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Rumors that Casper De'Ghost, the invisible one will be the Fire's next striker is in error.
    The striker the Fire are looking for is the Scarlet Pimpernel.
    They seek him here,
    they seek him there,
    they seek him everywhere,
    Is he in heaven or
    is he in hell,
    but not as yet with the Fire
    That damned illusive pimpernel

  • In reply to TKing:

    For the past two years I have avoided making any negative statements about Frank Klopas and the FO in general. But as of now I've had it! "What we have here is a failure to comMUnicate!!!" I can sympathize with anyone in a high profile management position--everyone looking over your shoulder, second-guessing every move. However, the Fire is now about to enter the second season in which its preseason has proven totally dysfunctional. Last year it was the turmoil over replacing a coach and firing the first sting goalie. This year it's all about bringing in new players, or not!! What stands out in both years is the total failure of Fire management to explain itself to its fans. We are now one month away from starting the season and the outline of a starting lineup is no where to be seen. (Of course we know that Pause, Nyarko, Segares, and Johnson are there but nothing else is even close to firming up.) On top of this we have one foreign player who has yet to show up and one (or two) who are still unidentified. And what has Fire management had to say about this -- nada -- except to blame some paper shufflers. Why do those in the public eye constantly have to relearn the lesson that honesty is the best policy and it's best done sooner rather than later. Otherwise, as now with the Fire it leads the public to ASSUME incompetence. Unless the Fire is negotiating for an Iranian or North Korean star, it's time (way past time) to open up to their fans or we will only assume the worst.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    (Of course we know that Pause, Nyarko, Segares, and Johnson are there but nothing else is even close to firming up.)

    You don't think Pappa and Gibbs are penciled in as starters at this point?

    I've got to think management thinks Husidic is capable of starting as well, otherwise why let Lowry go? Ristic showed well enough for us that he should be in the running for a spot as well.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I think the mid field is set, gk,and the outside full backs
    Johsnon, Sega, Ristic, Pause, Husidic, pappa, nyarko

    the open spots i think are CB (robinson, Kwame, Croatian, draft pic dude) and Forwards (Carr, uruguain guy, trialists.. ) the biggest issue i think is there are so many spots to sign, and the forwards are not inspiring at all, we seemed to spend the least on the area most clubs would spend the most on

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Crew wins weighted lottery for right back Korey Veeder. Only Columbus, Toronto, Seattle, and Colorado decided to participate in the lottery for his services.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    What's with the rumor the Fire wants to sign Costa Ricans Walter Centeno and Puppy Lopez?
    Things seem to go from bad to worse.
    Is the Fire getting such a bad reputation that no one decent doesn't want to play for them.
    Can't understand why they haven't made a greater effort to go after Edison Fonseca, who may not be a world beater but looks better than some players they are looking at.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    so is that new striker signing soon? or will we have to wait a couple more days? weeks? months? years? this makes me think of a spaceballs quote: "when will then be now?" "soon."

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Chicago Embers or Chicago Ashes come to mind. Chicago Radiators has possibilities.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    Even if x was Messi, the cap hit would only be 355,000 and so still not excuse a million unused dollars and a piss poor rebuilding, if we can even call it that. Time to clean house. I am willing to bet Klopas and DLC will be gone next year if not before. This is not rocket science and better clubs than the Fire, and that is just about all of them, have revamped their roster and added better level talent than Chicago has. of course, player X, no matter how good he is, can never compensate for the disaster that is this off season. Marco Pappa is the sum total of Klopas's years in charge. Blind pigs and acorns.

  • In reply to Celt:

    this will be klopas' make or break season. the past 3 seasons have been with the parts he took when he came on board. within the first 2 months we should know if he will be around next year.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    The paperwork completion delay is not their fault...but it's making them look bad. The long delay is going to make the announcement quite anti-climatic.

  • In reply to cesba:

    What is their fault:

    2 years of quality players leaving and minimal replacement players of value being brought back in...which creates a sense of desperation among the fan base after a poor season, made particularly painful after the team had experienced years of success and high expectations...which then creates a thirst for fire signings/upgrades to return to "the good ol' days"...which then creates frustration when there is a dearth of signings, particularly signings of significance (no, hearing of unknown trialists doesn't much qualify - with no offense to the trialists who surely are very very good soccer players, on a relative basis - at least relative to me)...when we are reassured that there will be 2 signings, "simmer down people, we will announce our signings on Monday" and then it takes weeks to announce one seemingly mediocre signing (with potential I confess) and even longer to announce their top secret signing of the off season, it creates a sense of urgency to fans that this better be The One, 'cause it sure looks like the organization is completely clueless and we have no reason to believe that anyone else of significance will be brought in before the season starts or that things will come together later in the season, as they so unfortunately proved last year. This isn't frigging national security here, announce the damn signing with a caveat that it's subject to paperwork. It happens ALL THE TIME, the only logical thing that explains the delay is the player is Egypt's ex president/dictator and this must be kept secret in order to avoid any rioting and marching outside Toyota Park, which would be such a nuisance for Monterrey Security, just like those damn flares in section 8. Or - possibly - the team is so far removed from what the fan's feel and the bad blood they are creating, that they have no idea that the mass exodus that they've allowed to happen under their watch and lack of spending on proven roster players this off season isn't exactly what the fans had in mind when they decided to back this team in a crowded Chicago sports scene, and for a team that doesn't even play IN Chicago.

    End rant. Thanks for reading.

    PS...I hope I didn't offend any Egyptians or Bridgeviewians, that wasn't my intent.

  • In reply to Drew:

    SPOT.ON.

  • In reply to Drew:

    That's quite a mouthful...and echoes the sentiments of much of the fan base.

  • In reply to Drew:

    haha, and Nery is IN the game in the 87th for Aris.. 0-0... i hope he scores. That would just twist the knife a bit more for us.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Nope, no late game brilliance from El Nery, sorry guys.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    He did play a "hard" 5 minutes today. That's "Chicago-tough"!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    just give him 3 more months to "regain his fitness" and maybe Aris will get a whole half out of him.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    That is bordering on Adu minutes!

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Do most MLS teams carry this many trialists at this point in the offseason? There are nearly as many trialists as signees.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    They do have a high number of trialists but I don't have much issue with bringing in as many trialists as possible...the real problem is the lack of quality depth or even starters in some spots.

  • In reply to cesba:

    They must feel they are deep as they passed on Veeder and the other two special lottery players. They left them for the lesser teams like RSL and the Crew to pick up.

  • In reply to Drew:

    There are Egyptians in Bridgeview?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Also I prefer Fire play in Bridgeview then Naperville...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    me too. the point being if they don't put a competitive team on the pitch they are going to have a lot of empty seats. which creates a less than ideal environment, which turns off the casual fan. i wonder if they'd hire me to be their business consultant. ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    Spot on indeed. I'm happy to see I am not the only one getting increasingly more annoyed at this obviously clueless crew in charge of the Fire. reading MLS news
    And seeing the quality brought in as depth for good squads, multiple moves from everyone except the Fire, in what appears to be the strongest MLS ever, just adds to the sense that we are screwed for the next few years. We need our own Shellas Hyndman , Sigi Scmidt, or Jason Kreiss type of manager and a FO that knows what it is doing. As it stands, every draft pick, every signing and most of last years starters will have to have career years if we are not to be last years DC united.

  • In reply to DFBJeff:

    DIEGO MARADONA! said it here first!
    Just be careful. He likes snorting the outline of the fields.
    He really sounds like fire material

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