Fire Weekend Notes

Prep for the Union

The Fire are training this weekend ahead of  a mid-week match against the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Park.  The Eastern Conference leading Union will be without starting right back Sheanon Williams who was shown a red card in a 2-1 loss to Colorado last night.

Pardo Arrives

Pavel Pardo's first training session with the Fire took place on Thursday afternoon.  During 10v10 runs he was paired with Logan Pause in a dual holding mid spot but Frank Klopas hasn't decided what formation or alignment he'll use with Pardo in the line up.  Klopas mentioned different options with a 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1-, and 4-4-2 as possibilities.  You can listen to his comments about Pardo, Pause, formations, Gargan, and Bob Bradley by clicking here.

Pardo explained his reasons for coming to the Fire were simply based on his long time desire to play in the United States.   He was anxious enough to play in MLS that he accepted a short term-small dollar deal to play with the Fire.  According to Pardo the initial deal is for six months but the two parties will sit down after the season and discuss longer terms if all goes well in the last three months of the 2011 season.  Pardo also commented on his departure from Club America and the different paths he's chosen to take in his career (you can listen to him here).

A Few More Notes

Logan Pause's response to the addition of Pardo and the possibility of being bumped out of position or even to the bench?  He says he is willing to do whatever is necessary to facilitate the addition of Pardo into the side if the coaching staff decides  that it gives them a better chance to win.  That includes moving to right back or taking a seat if necessary.  Pause has a few shortcomings on the pitch but he is a guy that "gets" it when it comes to representing himself as a leader off the field.

The Fire's newest acquisition, defender Dan Gargan arrived in town Thursday afternoon.

Touchline TV

I've posted the latest episode of Touchline TV which features a look at the Manchester United match, an interview with Gonzalo Segares, and an off beat look at the team's locker room ping pong madness.  I like the Touchline TV and Toyota Park today features but then again I like OK GO's 2008 Fire tune.


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  • Carlos Ruiz has also apparently been sold by the Union so they'll be without their leading scorer on Wednesday night too.

  • doesn't matter anyway, CJ Brown was the only one who was willing to put a hurt on the damn fish anyway. :(

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    How can I get the Fire Anthem? It isn't anywhere to be found! I tried the podcast but it has failed!

  • In reply to Matthew Peven:

    Are you referring to the OK Go song linked above or the Deal's Gone Bad tune played at TP? Which podcast?

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    OK Go

  • In reply to Matthew Peven:

    Should be able to download it from the YouTube link above. If not email me and I'll send it to you.

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    I can't believe Klopas to be a person who would hold out information to somebody like Logan. There has to be a plan for both of them, but man, you never know. I wish Frank would just come out and say what he's thinking about that Pardo deal. Is he taking over? At 36 he's can't be the future, so what is it?

  • In reply to waam:

    Pause is a pro, he understands how it works and he'll do whatever they ask of him. I'm sure they've had some conversations with him but ultimately they have to make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of the team regardless of which player it may effect. In this case Pardo may only be here for one or two more seasons at the most if things go well in the last three months. That will play a part in whatever direction they go in but I don't believe he's settled on sitting Pause yet one way or the other.

  • 3 days, no posts. i'm dying here! i've probably come back 15 times checking for news. i'm now officially a fire confidential addict. :)

  • In reply to Drew:

    Lol....apologies for the lack of posts in the last 3 days but it was a busy non soccer weekend. We will return to our regulary scheduled programming today. ;)

  • I'm with Drew, get back to your posting position and start typeing. What do you mean no soccer news??? We have Pardo, we have Grazzini, Justin Mapp is back in town in time to lope along the left flank, Frank Klopas v. ex-teammate Petr Nowak, Philly has really ugly away uniforms, which Forlan on Philly with get a yellow card first? All these issues need your insight...get writing.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I mean Farfan

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Didn't say there wasn't soccer news just meant that there were some other activities that (big gasp) took precedence over soccer this weekend. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    a life outside of the fire confidential? how dare you!

    actually, i think taking a break is a good thing, gotta keep it fresh (for you, i mean).

    anyway, you are doing a great job, keep it up bro!

  • Good news! The Fire has never tied Union.

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