Injury Report Updated

CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair); DOUBTFUL: FW Gabriel Ferrari (R hip flexor strain); PROBABLE: DF Josip Mikulic (L quadriceps strain); DF Cory Gibbs (R groin soreness); GK Sean Johnson (general illness)

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- DOUBTFUL: FW Mike Fucito (L ankle sprain); GK Josh Ford (illness); QUESTIONABLE: FW Fredy Montero (R wrist fracture); PROBABLE: MF Pat Noonan (L adductor strain); DF Taylor Graham (L hand fracture)

 

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  • Isn't Gibbs a married man? There's no way that guy can have groin soreness. No. Way.

    That kind of injury is only experienced by free spirited, single guys.

  • In reply to fireman451:

    LOL so true! :-)

  • RSL advances to the CONCACAF Champions League Final against either Monterrey or Cruz Azul after advancing past Saprissa 3-2 on aggregate.

  • In reply to cesba:

    it was an excellent game, and RSL really looked like a team on a different level then the other MLS teams.. hopefully we can catch up

  • In reply to lijien:

    I thought it was a great game too. I am glad that RSL is on to the finals. I wish the CONCACAF Champions League final was not a home-away series but just a one game final at a neutral site like the way UEFA does it. I think that that would draw more fans attention to the final and thus to the competition as a whole. I would think that Houston would be a great host city as it usually sells out for Mexico friendlies. In any event, RSL's success is great for MLS. If they actually win the whole thing and get to play in the Club World Cup that would be terrific. I wish MLS would market this tournament more. They should start by improving the MLS website's information about the competition and which teams would make the tournament so fans can see what it is each team is fighting for during the league campaign. Is it the MLS Cup or the right to play in the Champions League? Let the fans decide by at least promoting/highlighting the competition/qualification during the season. If MLS consistently performs well in CONCACAF CL, they may have teams invited to play in the Copa Libertadores the way Mexican teams get invited. That is how MLS should grow, not by bringing in faded Euro stars who skate through games, get "hurt", and cash their checks for a few years.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    I think they need both, CONCACAF CL success for the soccer fans that don't follow mls because they feel it is to low in quality, and the euro names for the casual fans that watch the world cup every 4 years to get them to games here and there..

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    I think if MLS teams have success in this tournament, the league will jump on this opportunity. I know DCU won this way back when but MLS teams have not performed that well in recent years. I think part of that was due to outrageous officiating along with the trials of traveling and playing outside north America. That said, Superliga was not scheduled this year because the CCL went to a league-style format. Regardless, this is an excellent opportunity for the teams (and the players) to develop and become better. Tone is right too. The league needs to get some stars that are larger than life. They're going to need to bring them in (or bring them back) because players won't go for nobody to somebody solely by being in MLS.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    MLS fans are starting to figure out that old, slow stars from abroad do not make MLS teams winners. Beckham spends more time trying to figure out how he can get loaned out then trying to win with LA. Other DPs have not been that great either. Would you rather have the Fire find, cultivate 5 young players or buy one Blanco for 2 1/2 seasons? As much as I enjoyed Blanco at times, there were many times when he, and other DPs, just phoned it in. I think MLS fans are starting to figure out that the young guys in the league are going to become the stars. Najar, Agudelo etc. are the types of players the league needs. Not some 33 year old guy from Chelsea. I'm not saying that a Euro star won't put fans in the seats. They will. But those fans won't stay there forever because they are there for the novelty of seeing some former star or Posh Spice. There were 65000 people at the Meadowlands for Beckham's first game against NYRB. My guess is, when LA visits NYRB this summer, they won't sell out. This is not a sustainable business modelt for building the league. Owners should expect to be able to get a decent return. DP's in my opinion cost too much and generate little in return in the long run.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Say what you will about Blanco (too old, too slow, too floppy, too much arguing, etc) but phoning it in is definitely not a criticism that applied to him while wearing a Fire kit.

  • In reply to cesba:

    true.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Depends on the player and his character. The Fire have had plenty of older foreigners who were difference-makers: Nowak, Kubik, Stoichkov. The DP rule wasn't around then, but these were DP-caliber players and none of them ever mailed it in.

    I think a lot of it comes down to how a club's personnel guy is able to evaluate a player's heart. Klopas said he went looking this off-season for players who will play for the badge. In their time, Nowak, Kubik and Stoichkov fit that description. Campos, as one example, did not.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Dp's do not have to be paid millions, like Becks or Blanco. Today a DP means teams can pay them more than 350,000 without taking a hit on the Cap. This provides flexibility and allows teams to get players a class above the maximum pay scale. Most DP's today are good value for money and raise the standard of the league. Ferreria or Saboro or even Montero are not on millions and in my view this is money well spent.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    John Thorrington is on the pitch in the second half for Vancouver tonight after missing the first three weeks of the season with a quad injury.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    toledo is a horrible MLS ref IMO, but Hassli is an idiot for taking his shirt off after being booked earlier

    vancouver down to 9 men now, but up 1-0 in score

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    btw -hassli has played in 3 matches for vancouver, 5 yellow cards/2 red

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    and revs are down a man now as well

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    revs tie it up in injury time

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    payback for kansas city match? heh

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Ridiculous second yellow by Hassli and even more ridiculous officiating from Toledo.
    Although I must say, taking off a jersey only to have another jersey on underneath is pretty funny.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    good article on Fire fitness coach Jouaux

    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Interesting....a soccer charter school in Chicago......

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-soccer-charter-0407-20110406,0,4084997.story

  • In reply to cesba:

    This is a start to reach out to kids the introduction of the game of soccer. I wonder if the Fire are the first MLS team to use this strategy to form an academy.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Sigi Schmid says Montero is unlikely to play on Saturday due to the wrist fracture injury that caused him to miss Seattle's last match.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Q&A with new Fire color commentator Evan Whitfield......

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/qa-evan-part-one
    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/04/qa-evan-part-two

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Didn't get a chance to make it out to training today but Sam did tweet today that Mikulic will not travel to Seattle and Gibbs will be a game time decision.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Interestingly, I think no team with a DP has won the MLS Cup. So the model for success is to get quality players that are off people's radar screens along with MLS vets that know how to win in this league. I think the Fire may have that this year. I'd still take Arjen Robben if he were available but an affordable team with a deep bench is key.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    Cough Cough David Beckham Cough Cough

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