Roster Trimmed Ahead of Wednesday Exhibition v New York

The Fire trimmed the training camp roster to 33 remaining players (21 signed players, 2 draft picks, and 10 trialists) today after cutting draft choice Amani Walker and trialists Jordan Seabrook, Eric Ustruck, Evan Schwartz, Fabian Burbano, Anderson Costa, and Jocian Bento.

Tunisian Nadir Taider has been identified as one of the new trialists and interestingly enough Open Tryout winner Pari Pantazopolous has survived the first few rounds of cuts and remains in camp. 

I'll hopefully be speaking to Frank Klopas about the roster in the next day or so - if you've you've got any specific questions you'd like asked fire away. 

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  • Any chance of getting DP before start of season?

  • Here's the current roster:

    Signed players: Anibaba, Banner, Bone, Carr, Conway, Gibbs, Husidic, Johnson, Kinney, Mikulic, Nyarko, Paladini, Pappa, Pause, Pineda, Ristic, Robinson, Segares, Watson-Siriboe, Puerari, Chaves

    Draft Picks: Herrick, Paul

    Trialists: Yoximar, Videira, Dufty, Pantazopoulos, Rivas, Muniz, Clark, Ferrari, Barouch, Taider

  • In reply to cesba:

    Amani Walker got cut from the roster, since every MLS team expands their roster to 30 players, the players who don't make the opening roster, will players like Walker are welcome to come back to start the season in the reserve league? How does that work? Since I am familiar with baseball spring training when they get sent to the minors if they don't make the big league roster to start the season.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    The players who are on the 30 man roster will make up the reserve league rosters as well. Guys who don't see action in the league match will play in the reserve games. Walker won't likely be back.

  • In reply to cesba:

    ask frank what he plans to do about a true #10, someone that can create and control play in the middle.

  • I am pleased with the LATE additions of Puerari and Chaves and I am also pleased to hear that the Fire has evidently made the decision to go with youth. It would have been nice if the latter fact had been announced as a philosophical direction some time ago. Not doing so until after the fact makes their rationale seem like an after thought. Even at this late date it would be great for Frank to stand up and state that they are rebuilding and have decided to go with youth and ask for patience from Fire fans. Pineda could be used as a poster boy for this. I would bet a lot that all Fire fans would be willing to buy into this if someone would just stand up and tell the truth about the past off-season instead of regaling us with stories of how many miles they logged.Just as in the selections of Puerari and Chaves the lack of intelligent information coming from the front office makes them look like rookies. The ridiculous excuse of the ITC processing was exposed after the announcement when we were informed that the ITC was yet to be completed!!!. I can forgive a lot but needless obfuscation is not one of them.
    Regarding the status of the team at this point: offense looks as a possible positive with Nyarko, Pappa, and the two Uruguayans; defense is somewhat problematic, however Gibbs, Segares, and Johnson are certainly a good starting point. The biggest issue remains the midfield. Despite the fact that Pause and Husidic are capable neither is going to tear up the league (Husidic maybe in a couple years). If Ristic becomes the next Blanco, then things may indeed fall into place. If he doesn't then we are back to last year with strikers getting little if any service.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Getting decent service for the strikers is still an issue that hasn't been totally addressed. It appears that Puerari may have some skill in that department but he's a forward. A playmaker out of midfield centrally is still something I'd like to see.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    I'm pretty intrigued by this Pantazapoulos thing. Could he actually make the team?

  • In reply to cweimers:

    He's gone this far....looks like he has a legit shot.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Any info on Nadir Taider? I couldnt seem to find much myself.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Might be a spelling error in the release...try Nabil Taider.

  • In reply to cesba:

    You're correct. Nabil Taider is a French born Tunisian, 27 y/o, midfielder, aproximately
    6 ft., played in both the French and Turkey leagues.
    216 games played at the Senior level with 10 goals.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Not an overly impressive record--one or two a year in MLS.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I've been playing phone tag today but here's Sam's article on some answers from Klopas including a "no" on Marko Babic......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/fire-notebook-klopas-discusses-2011-roster

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Guillermo -

    Any news on who or even when we will get our next sponsor?

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    No word yet...it's looking like the team will start the season with "Fire" on the kits. I'll try to get a hold of Posada as the season draws closer.

  • In reply to cesba:

    No, no, no, no . . . don't bother Posada, he's far too busy.

    Imagine the Manhattan Project, then wipe that thought out of your mind and think of a frat house of guys playing X-Box on a Wednesday night. That's what's buzzing at the TP offices.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Red Bulls are streaming today's games live........

    http://www.newyorkredbulls.com/news/2011/02/red-bulls-preseason-tilts-against-chicago-fire-be-streamed-live

  • In reply to cesba:

    Just talked to Klopas.....starters will play 60-75 minutes against New York this morning.

    More later.

  • In reply to cesba:

    starters will play 60-75 the SECOND game, right? As I understood, the reserves will play the first match at 10, and then the first team squads will play at 12. Is that what you heard, too?

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    ha, the link you provided confirms precisely that -- sorry didn't see the link!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    1-1 in the reserves match, about 15 min in. Fire scored (Babic maybe?) on a PK right off the bat, and John Rooney equalized with a very well-taken free kick goal 10 min later.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    PK scorer was Barouch(?), i believe.. not Babic, of course. Barouch has had his name said quite a bit... very penetrating and a lot to handle.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    It was Barouch on the PK.....Yoximar looks decent on the right wing as well.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Barouch has two goals -- looks like a keeper!! Who is Maritch -- is that how Mikulic is pronounced??? Rivas is also looking good

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Maric is a Croatian midfielder who can also play defense. He's a 6-2 box to box enforcer type.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Where did he come from -- he's not on your list above.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    He just joined the team. Darko also joined the team just this morning.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Definitely a FirstTeam for NY... lots of big namers. Henry-Agudelo up top, Marquez in back

  • In reply to cesba:

    nice cut inside and shot from davis paul, just over the bar

  • In reply to cesba:

    feed cuts out on me from time to time, but from what i have seen, chicago reserves are controlling the midfield pretty well

  • In reply to cesba:

    and barouch scores his 4th just seconds before the match ends

  • In reply to cesba:

    I know it's a preseason reserve game and all, but that's kind of impressive.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Agreed. Orr Barouch made his mark for sure.

    Good midfield play and distribution looked good.

    Maybe this is what CLDC meant by "attractive soccer"? Dunno.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    finally something to get excited about...

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Definitely some very positive things from the reserves.
    The double teaming on defense reminded me of Barca's swarming midfield. Maric looks like much more than a big defensive mid. Would love to see him against the first team!!!

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    GR, what's the story on Kwame Obeng Darko? Was he outside the stadium this morning looking for a pick-up game or a legitimate call-in?

    ;-)

  • In reply to fireman451:

    lol....he joined them this morning from what I understand.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwame_Obeng_Darko

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Johnson, alibaba, gibbs, segares, pappa, nyarko, peurari, ferrari, 2 mids I'm not sure on yet, too...

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Husidic, Pause, Paladini, Nyarko in midfield

  • In reply to cesba:

    that's right, just about to correct myself. hope ya don't mind me updating so much, I'm just bored as hell, ha.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Damn, Husidic (I think) whiffs on a chance he should have buried, and New York comes right back the other way and scores.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Paladini over Ristic?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Makes sense, chance to see what Paladini has to offer, Ristic is a pretty much
    known commodity with wider experience at the senior level.
    This is just a pre-season game after all.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Does any1 know if the Pitch is still open I thought I go watch Arsenal on Sunday?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    The Pitch is closed after some unfortunate issues with licenses or some such nonsense....not really sure why it's closed. Too bad...it was a great place.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I loved the place and the atmosphere, but really it might be for the better if it opens someplace else. Unfortunately that location is a black hole for bars.

    The no more bus service on Clybourn or nearby train, plus there isn't a whole lot to do in that immediate area made it very hard for droves of people to come out. It may be licensing or something else, but I don't think it was long for it anyhow. Hopefully it can re-locate to a different neighborhood, because I loved it!

  • In reply to cesba:

    PENALTY!

  • In reply to cesba:

    pappa blows the pk - saved :(

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Pappa's PK attempt is saved by Condoul after Marquez takes down Nyarko in the box.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    i didnt see the first half, but in this 2nd half here, chicago looks quite lively, they are quick to the ball, at times they are making good passes, good combinations. occasionally they get lazy and throw pointless long balls forward. cut those down and this team mite not be too bad this season

    good energy by this team that i have seen

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    First half was not as good

  • In reply to cesba:

    First half not as good but after the goal by Lindpere, Chicago gradually asserted themselves. Second half was all Fire. Defense from everyone looked quite good. Number of take-aways was impressive. Offense looked dangerous the entire second half but only led to one score -- that is a little bothersome, not much, just a little. Fire was by far the more entertaining team. Red Bulls looked very mechanical. Ristic was playing on the outside?? What's with that??

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    DLC may have been doing some experimenting. It looked like Nyarko was up top by himself late in the second half too.

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    i thought the fire were pretty weak the last 5-10 minutes of the game as well

    NY seemed to have the ball deep on chicago half for most of the final minutes

    then again, i was kinda peeking every now and then when i wasnt working, so i may have missed the good parts :)

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    "Ristic was playing on the outside?? What's with that??"

    i thought thats where he played his best last season - either winger or right back IIRC?

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    He did play mostly outside in midfield and in the back where ever he was needed last year.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I mistakenly thought that they were going to try him as a playmaker -- my mistake brain fart!!!

  • In reply to cesba:

    Game recaps...........

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/02/fire-red-bulls-play-1-1-draw

  • In reply to cesba:

    It will be interesting to see who the Fire will cut to get to the 30 or 28 limit. Although Barouch scored 4 goals against a reserve team, the important thing is that he knows how to position himself and knows how to finish.
    Overall, although they might not be quite as strong on top as last year, I feel they may be deeper in talent rosterwise. Based on some of the performances, both Carr and Banner should be worried about keeping their spots. With the depth of the roster, it's difficult to see Banner getting much playing time with the first team, paticularly if they are bringing in several more to look at.
    The reserve team looked great and the first team looked fairly solid in the second half.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Totally agree regarding Banner and Carr. Actually with the number of young potentials only Sean Johnson should relax.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Scoring not going to come easy this year for the Fire, probably like every other year.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Let's see how good Chaves is....I also get the impression they're not done after speaking to Klopas.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Guillermo,
    Ask Julian Posada if the Fire Game against Seattle can be
    Streamed life as were the games VS The Red Bulls.
    If The Red Bulls can do this for their Fans why cant the
    Fire do this for us Fans? Here is a chance for Posada to
    finally do something for the Fans after so much of doing nothing.
    "I was impressed with the play of both The Reserves and The A Team." New York has played more games than the Fire has, so the Fire did good. Orr Barouch deserves a chance to play with the A
    Team based on his great performance today.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    i agree, barouch deserves a shot with the first team. i know it was against NYRB reserves, but he found the net FOUR TIMES. thats showing a nose for the goals

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    The new playoff format is unveiled.....

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/mls-reveals-expanded-playoffs-structure-2011

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would have prefer a single playoff format. I thought Garber said that the new playoff format will avoid Western Conference team winning the Eastern Conference championship. I don't like this format what so ever, it is heading in that same direction.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I was only able to catch the first half, but I found even that pretty encouraging. NY dominated possession for the first the twenty minutes or so, but after that we turned it around. They didn't threaten at all other than the goal, and we definitely had more dangerous chances. Anibaba looked really good. I'm starting to feel cautiously optimistic about this season.

    And with 10 teams qualifying for the playoffs, there's no reason to think that we can't at least grab one of those spots.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    On to Seattle...

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    final: 1-1 draw
    pappa with the lone Fire goal

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I like Ferrari..and not just for the name, he is doing a nice job from the time i have had to check on the game

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Players look a bit rusty, looks like half the team is really playing. Pappa looking to continue his golden boot.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    great cross by nyarko to an open pappa in the box - GOAL!

  • In reply to cesba:

    couple great scoring chances at the end of the half... no goals, fire down 1-0

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I know this is heretical, but I kinda wanna watch Henry-Agudelo as much as I wanna watch our own boys! ha

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    yeah i wanna watch them too, watching them have their legs broken by tackles from segares.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    Anyone else having problems with the feed?

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    yeah, and it's too bad, i was getting excited

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    oooooh, it think we're back on! just about to kick!

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I like what I'm seeing no matter what the final score.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Fire reserves lead 3-1 at the half...Orr Barouch has a hat trick. Open Try Out winner Pari Pantazapoulos with an assist on the third.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    3 -1 Chicago. Midfield with Maritch?? and Rivas looks strong. Loved to see the defensive effort of the front. Realize that this is just reserves but passing and SHIELDING looks very good.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Can't see why Chivas let Barouch go.
    On several sites he was listed as up and comer.
    Looked solid on several videos

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Just got the feed turned on - was that barouch that missed the scissors kick in the box? regardless of the miss, give him an A for effort :)

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    Another new trialist Ghanian Kwame Obeng Darko is on to start the half for Herrick at forward.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    don't have time to watch much today, but a thumbs up to the red bulls organization for putting this on the internet for die-hards to watch. Fire should do the same for all their preseason games.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    It's a real shame for a Great City like Chicago with a very large
    Ethnic and Home Grown Soccer Fan Base to be without a Jersey Sponsor at the start of the Season.
    Just goes to show that Julian Posada "Mr Nada" was a very poor
    choice for Chicago - Fire president. It is high time for Posada to move over and let Peter Wilt take over. As Jimmy Hendrix sang "Move Over Rover."

  • In reply to cesba:

    I thought Amani Walker was looking forward to big things this year... I guess not in Chicago

  • In reply to cesba:

    If anyone is wondering about the worth of any particular player, you can google " transfermarket.co.uk"
    and check out their value on the transfer market

  • In reply to cesba:

    GR,

    Ask Frank why he takes trip with CDLC to Europe and not sign any European player? Or was it just a vacation?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Mikulic is from those parts...there's another trialist or two from that part of the globe as well.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I also know that trialist Shane Clark is from england, has played for lincoln city in the 2nd division over there, i like his potential

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