Mid Week Injury Report

The Fire's mid week injury report includes an update on the "general illness" that has kept Patrick Nyarko out of action.  The condition is now being described as a concussion.  Both Nyarko and Sean Johnson are listed as "OUT" for the Toronto match.  Cory Gibbs has resumed full training.  Toronto is in action tonight in Dallas. 

CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MF Mike Banner (L Achilles tendinitis); DF Steven Kinney (R Achilles repair); GK Sean Johnson (R quad strain); MF Patrick Nyarko (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Marko Maric (L deltoid sprain/contusion); QUESTIONABLE: MF Logan Pause (L hamstring strain)

 

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  • So once again a bad canadian team has a game a few days before we play them while we get to rest? We really need to capitalize on this and get a better result this time around.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    +1

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    well with that information, i think it might be worth to place a bet in vegas for toronto to win 2-1 :p

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    The Fire will travel to San Jose on Tuesday May 24 for the next USOC play in match....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/05/usoc-play-match

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I had a feeling that if we couldn't close out against the Canucks of BC we would have a fairly s#!tty season......yet I'm still going North of the border to see the match on Saturday. There's still a lot of season to be had (for better or worse).

    I'm concerned that Patrick's injury is symptomatic of a long-term concussion problem (a la Taylor Tightshirt). Maybe the summer window would be a good time to cash in on his crashing value.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    What are the odds that DLC doesn't come back to Chicago if they lose by the same score as last year's wind blown excursion? There's a part of me that would like to see a blow out just so I won't have to see DLC on the side line looking befuddled anymore.

    I am now starting the Jesse Marsch as new coach rumors.
    "Did you hear Jesse Marsch met with Klopas in California last week? Did you see Jesse Marsch in the parking lot of Toyota Park last Sunday?"

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    I said it before, and will say it again.
    The Fire need to say "Adi'os to Carlos de los Crapos."
    Under Carlos de los Cobos we will never have a winning season.
    I would welcome to give Jesse Marsch the opportunity, he is from Racine Wisconsin my wife's Home Town so that practically makes
    him a home grown product. He has had coaching and mentoring under
    Bob Bradley and was a fan favorite as a player with the Fire.
    Dennis Hammlet was let go they brought in Carlos so the Fire
    play attractive soccer.
    All we have seen from DLC is unattractive Loses and Ties.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I totally agree. The current team, as a whole, has far better talent then last year's team. Yet, they cannot get past the midfield. Is it coaching, preparation, style? How about all of that? I think when Chaves and Peurari are clicking, they have plenty to give the team. Right now, Pause and/or Paladini cannot initiate the attack so they retreat and pass back. Anibaba does go forward, but when he does he gets yanked for Dasan. Gonzo goes forward but Pause/Paladini don't see him, give up the ball and get caught with too few in back. By the time Pappa does get a touch, he is so desperate for a shot he is shoting before he even gets the ball. Chaves and Puerari have to come so far back to get the ball, there is no one up front waiting for it. Its very frustrating to watch.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    Orrin Schwarz says De Los Cobos needs more time........

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110511/sports/705119957/

  • In reply to cesba:

    Carlos de los Cobos has already had way too much time.
    With him in Charge things will continue to get worse.
    The Fans are upset with the Fire's poor performance and
    as a continuation of last year the attendance will start to decrease not increase. "Adi'os Carlos de los Crapos."
    Denis Hamlett was let go, even though his record as a
    coach was 'Much Better Than DLC.
    Why waste another Season and turn the Fans away???
    The assistant Coach is doing much better than DLC that
    in itself sends a message.

  • In reply to TigerJMS:

    I lean towards letting him go, but Orrin makes some good points. Sometimes I do think fans need to be more patient to let teams come together. This team is full of new personnel, and I wouldn't say Klopas exactly gave him a lot of talent to work with. It'd be one thing if he had the NY or LA roster and was losing like this.

    That said, he's a year and a half into his time here and the team hasn't seemed to take any significant steps. Is it Klopas' fault, CDLC' fault, or both??? I guess that's up for debate. I just hope they make the right move. Seems they've been making too many wrong moves of late.

    Quick note about Klopas...his signings of Milukic, Puerari and Chaves for just over $200k should be applauded. Of course there are a few poor signings and players with terrible value for the money, but he deserves credit for those 3, nonetheless. I'm really looking forward to seeing how Nazarit works out. I'm cautiously optimistic.

  • In reply to cesba:

    i would give him the year, he has more of his type of players and it was a lot of turnover. When Dallas brought Schellus (s/p) in it took that team a while to gel too.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I agree with you and Orrin on this one. There isn't much to be gained from letting him go at this point when his contract expires at the end of the season anyways. The team has been better than last year's debacle in terms of creating scoring chances albeit the results aren't there, which is the ultimate criteria. It's not like you could bring Alex Ferguson in here tomorrow and immediately become an MLS cup contender. The new coach would still have a huge issue in central midfield and need time to implement whatever system he's going to play. I don't think anybody is saying DLC has been good but at this point the Fire almost have to see it out to the end of the season and not rush into hiring the next guy given that some of the talent brought in this year was acquired with the intent of playing the one touch game DLC favors.

  • In reply to lijien:

    I would get the whole give it time argument if the team was getting better. DLC keeps talking about how things are improving when they aren't. There were moments last week againts Vancouver when the Fire were just awful. The players are not on the same page as to what it is they need to be doing at any given time whether its a corner, set piece, counter attack. They just don't play with each other. I get that corners are dangerous, but for the Fire, a corner is a nightmare. This is DLC's creation. When the Fire brought in Juan Carlos Osorio, they were in just as bad of disaray. That didn't work out, but at least we made the play-offs. Why not bring in an MLS knowledgeable person to finish out the season. Maybe just understanding the limitations of our roster and not asking them to do what they are not capable of doing would be a better way than trying to impose a system that is not working?

  • In reply to cesba:

    he keep wanting to play possesion soccer, i'm still waiting to see it.

  • In reply to cesba:

    if the only problem was JUST finishing, or JUST defensive lapses, then i'd agree

    however, we all see the possession problems, the set piece issues (both offensive and defensive), as well as the finishing and defensive lapses. thats a lot of issues to fix

    i think it wont be much longer, if it doesnt get better real soon, the Fire will have a new coach

  • In reply to cesba:

    I never thought the Fire were right to ire Hamlett, as his record diserved more time. Last year, I think every time I posted here I called for DLC to be fired. I do like the players he has brought in though. If he can fill some holes in the summer, get a player who can dominate in the midfield, and the defense is able to get a grip, then the Fire will be a fairly good and entertaining team. This also gives Brown some time to get some coaching experiance with RSL ;).

  • In reply to fire1020:

    I agree with you Colton. We were one PK from the Final and there was a constant calling for his head because of some concern over style of play or something. As if the playoffs were guaranteed and Hamlett was just a caretaker. The team has collapsed since then and it can't all be because Blanco left. So, when this ship finally gets righted, I hope we will appreciate the success and hold off on the can-the-coach drumbeat.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    The team that lost that game to RSL would crush the current team. I think that Klopas got rid of Hamlet because he was not his guy. He was inherited. I also think that there were some tension between the players and Hamlet, but I'm not in he know on that. All I know is the second to last game that season, when the Fire knocked the revs out of the playoffs, I have never seen Toyota Park more alive. It was an awesome experience that my son and I will never forget, especially when Blanco scored and then jumped into the stands!

  • In reply to oliotya:

    I never thought the Fire should have signed Hamlett to be the coach. He was the 3rd option after the first 2 said no. He was the only one left. He was on borrowed time to start with. He had the best roster in the league to go with. It should never be ok to settle for the conference finals. That was the best we were going to get with The Menace. Hamlett had Rolfe, Segares, Soumare playing like he wanted to be on the team, Conde playing as the best defender in the league, Busch being the GK of the year, Blanco, Thorrington, Pause, McBride, Pappa and then having Nyarko come off the bench for us. We were the most talented team with the least talented coach. A great offensive team with a completely defensive minded coach. Things didnt work and he had to go. Is CDLC the man for the job, I don't think so. I think we should have thrown everything at Nowak to bring him here. I don't know who we should get but I hope it is sooner rather than another wasted season.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Hitting the nail pretty much on the head Joe.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    It seemed as if the fire was either terribly out of shape or completely disorganized during the final 10 minutes of the Vancouver game.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    They switched to a 4-4-2 trying to get another forward (Oduro) closer to goal.....didn't work.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Since Corey Gibbs is back at full strength, will they start him with Mikulic or will they stay with Cuesta and Mikulic?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Sounds like it will be Mikulic and Gibbs.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I vote for Cuesta! I think that he is a really talented player. If he and Mikulic can coordinate better, they will eventually be a really good pairing in the back. The bigger question for me is who will be in the middle: Paladini, Bone, Videira, or Husidic? I would like to see Baggio get another chance. He may not be the quickest on the pitch, but his instincts are so good. He has a knack for getting secondary shots on frame. I think we will need that in Toronto.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    My guess is the Paladini/Bone combo gets another shot.

  • In reply to SoccerNewbie:

    I second the vote for Cuesta.

  • In reply to oliotya:

    Third vote for Cuesta. Paladini and Bone.....YIKES!!! Bone needs plenty of work in the reserves. They are very deep at the defense but midfield is a question mark especially at center mid. My question is Johnson's performance has something to do with retinal injury he had late last season? His ability to read crosses are head scratchers.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    That's an interesting suggestion that I haven't heard yet.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Before the Vancouver game, I went into the new team store through the stadium. (Its pretty cool by the way.) When I was going back up the stairs to the stadium past the level to the stadium club, Sean Johnson was walking down the stairs dressed in a suit (very nice one too). I said, "Hey Sean, why aren't you dressed to play?" He said, "I tweaked my hamstring." He was moving down the stairs at a good clip, so I figured it wasn't that bad. True story.

  • In reply to cesba:

    The team store is fantastic although they sold out of authentic jerseys pretty quickly.

  • In reply to RedLine55:

    New All-In podcast with Josip Mikulic and Simon Borg.....

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/content/all-podcast

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