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.
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.
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.