After training on Wednesday morning Carlos De Los Cobos was still playing down the Fire's reliance on the 3-5-2 formation that the coach used for most of preseason. If the Fire is starting the year deployed in that line up, De Los Cobos isn't saying so yet. "I'm trying to teach the team to be able to play in 2 or 3 different ways. That's my philosophy. Sometimes we'll need to change our distribution on the field or change the dynamic of the team depending on who is on the field," said De Los Cobos. "Right now, I'm not sure how we'll start on Saturday but the guys know and understand the system."
When asked about Patrick Nyarko's status in the starting eleven given that the Fire's 2010 assist leader played off the bench in most of his preseason appearances De Los Cobos was equally evasive. "I don't know right now. Patrick is a very good player, a very important player for us but we need to watch him because of some of the injuries he had last season. I want him to be 100% all season because I know he will help us all season." Nyarko has recovered from the concussion and ankle injuries that hampered him in the second half of 2010 and is fully fit according to De Los Cobos.
The head coach also commented on the difference in training this season when compared to last year and looks forward to the opener against FC Dallas. "I feel more confident today because I've learned a lot about this league in the last year. I'm very excited because we've got good young players with a good attitude. For me, that is very important. We're playing a good team on Saturday and it's a good opportunity to analyze our level right now. I think we'll get better with time this season but nobody is going to start at 100% their best. We have a different team, more dynamic with different skills."
Chaves On MLS
The Fire's new Uruguayan striker, Diego Chaves is happy to be in
Steven Kinney, Mike Banner, and Calen Carr all sat out practice and will not be available for the opener. Carr is suffering from a concussion he received at some point during training while in
Town Hall Q&A with Andrew Hauptman
The Fire's owner, along with Julian Posada, Frank Klopas, and Mike Jeffries will answer questions and address fans on Friday March 25 at English (444 N. LaSalle Blvd. -Chicago) from 7-9 pm. Similar to last year's event, the Q&A will take place right before the home opener. If you've got a question that you feel hasn't been asked yet I would suggest you attend this event. It's a pretty good gesture on the part of the organization to reach out and address your concerns.
STH Meet the Team Event
This year's Season Ticket Holder Meet the Team event will be held at Chitown Futbol (2255 South Throop St) on Saturday April 2 from 2-5 pm .
Benny Cumming and Aaron Flanagan are hosts of Section 8 Chicago's new podcast called "Hot Mess". Give it a listen here. The first episode features and excellent interview with team captain Logan Pause.