Updated Injury Report - Portland

MLS has released the updated inury report and the Fire only list two players.

CHICAGO FIRE -- OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair)

PORTLAND TIMBERS -- OUT: FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); FW Brian Umony (R knee MCL sprain); DF David Horst (R ankle sprain); GK Troy Perkins (R knee sprain); GK Adin Brown (hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Peter Lowry (R knee MCL strain); PROBABLE: MF Sal Zizzo (R shoulder sprain)




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  • No Banner or Kinney won't kill us... Glad to see Nyarko is NOT on that list!

  • Totally agree Modibo Nyarko not being hurt is so encouraging after how bad he went down!
    Wow the Timbers have Troy Perkins and Adin Brown as goalies! Pretty deep in the goalie dept!

  • In reply to smiley:

    Jake Gleeson is their starter in goal after injuries to Perkins and Brown.

    I'll try to get an update on Mikulic and Ristic today.

  • In reply to smiley:

    I think that's the Sounders model for expansion teams. Get a strong guy between the pipes to limit the damage.

  • But both are hurt currently!

  • Another though crowd on the road we will see what the mentality of this team is. I still not convinced about this team but a win in Portland would be encouraging to me. Point would be good before clash with Galaxy...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Three games in 8 days is a pretty good test.

  • In reply to Adam25:

    well the defense and keeping have been shaky, but i think most ppl before the season started were worried how the Fire were gonna score.

    i do have some scoring concerns tho: aside from chavez, puerrari, and pappa, who among the starters will even take shots at goal? nyarko rarely does. pause and vidiera aren't likely to. husidic has shown he can score a bit, but isnt seeing any match time. someone else needs to at least be a scoring threat, so the defenses dont fold back and smother our strikers

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Good point...I think they still need another central midfielder who can facilitate an attack.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I agree,
    Maybe Frank Klopas can work a Two for One Deal.
    Trading Mike Banner and Steve Kinney for that
    Attacking Mid Field Player.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Probably won't get the guy you need for those two in MLS.

  • In reply to cesba:

    if nyarko would shoot & otherwise be more dangerous in the box, that would help free up the other scorers so much more. he doesnt need to score a lot of goals, but just having the threat would be huge

    unfortunately, he is fairly fragile, and i think that is a good part of the reason he is so reluctant to get in deep and try to score

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    I've said it before....if Nyarko could ever develop a finsihing touch he would be unstoppable.

  • In reply to cesba:

    I would like to see Bagio given a shot to play. His game improved so much from year one to year two. There is no reason why that progress would not continue. Is it really his defense that is lacking? I think that Bag, Logan and Videira bring different skills to the game. Bagio can give the Fire that threat of a fourth scorer to free up the strikers and Pappa. Its a tough choice though because Videira has played very well and Pause is as solid as a rock.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    It seems the coaching staff feels that the Pause/Videira central pairing is the best defensive option given that Pappa has a little freedom to roam if he needs to.

  • In reply to cesba:

    It's probably a bad idea to run the same 11 out for three games in 8 days. I hope to see Nyarko, Videira and maybe Pause on the bench in favor of Ristic, Husidic and maybe Maric. See if you can find time for Ferrari as well.

  • In reply to iron81:

    We might see Maric in there at some point or Ristic for Nyarko but I doubt we'll see Pause out of the line up at any point this week.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Donovan is listed as questionable tonight against TFC.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Banner's not afraid to let it fly. Oh, you said starters.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Most of the time Banner flies in the Wrong Direction. LOL

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Peter Lowry talks about his days in Chicago and now Portland......


  • In reply to Adam25:

    You're right about that! And then on Sunday we have to play the Galaxy, even though it's at home. Donovan was hurt with a knee injury last week, so hopefully he stays out. But yes... tough test indeed.

    I have a good feeling about this portland game. Think our boys will be just as pumped as theirs. And they just saw their biggest crowd of the year last weekend in Seattle, so Portland shouldn't be all that intimidating. Looking for Nyarko to give a real big F-U game!

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