Here are a few tidbits ahead of the Seattle match this weekend.
The early MLS injury report has been released and the Fire have a few new names on the list. Josip Mikulic strained a quad in training last Tuesday and missed the USOC match against Colorado.
CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair); DOUBTFUL: DF Josip Mikulic (L quadriceps strain); FW Gabriel Ferrari (R hip flexor strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Cory Gibbs (R adductor soreness)
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: FW Mike Fucito (L ankle sprain); DOUBTFUL: GK Josh Ford (illness); QUESTIONABLE: DF Taylor Graham (L hand fracture); FW Fredy Montero (R wrist fracture); PROBABLE: MF Pat Noonan (L adductor strain)
EDIT NOTE : The Tuesday 4/6 MLS updated injury report has not been posted yet.
Pantazopoulos Is Finally Legal
Jeff Crandall looks at Pari Pantazopoulos' route to the Fire and delves into the "paperwork" issue that delayed the announcement of his signing.
Here's another story on the local soccer product.
RSL in CCL
This isn't Fire related but Real Salt Lake can take a big step for MLS by defeating Saprissa in Costa Rica tonight during the second leg of their CONCACAF Champion's League Semi Final. RSL holds a 2-0 edge after a victory in Utah last month. The match will be broadcast on FSC at 9 pm.