Fire Will Return To Florida For Preseason Training

The Fire announced today that the club will return to Ave Maria, Florida for a second consectuive preseason.  Players are set to report for training on January 17 before departing for Florida to begin preparations for the 2012 season.  The team will train on the campus of Ave Maria University from January 20 through February 3. 

In another sign that the upcoming season will be upon us before you know it, Open Tryouts began today and the Day 2 list of finalists has been released.

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  • well at least they announced something. i guess it's a start.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    That made me laugh out loud.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I could've said that they have decided to take baby steps.

  • Klopas talks about his visit to Atletico in this video............

    http://www.chicago-fire.com/news/2011/12/franks-madrid-visit

  • Got a chance to talk to Frank for a few last night at the Section 8 Holiday party. Seemed upbeat after his trip overseas. Hoping that results in some good offseason acquisitions.

    It'll be interesting to see if they close the deal with Dube as well, as tomorrow is the deadline to have a deal in place with him. Imagine we'll hear something tomorrow on that front.

    On a sidenote, Frank also said that Stuttgart held a ceremony honoring Pavel Pardo at their match against Bayern Munich. Said that club still LOVES Pavel. Easy to see why that's the case, after just a few months with the Fire, but makes me that much more eager to see a deal closed out on that front as well.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    so did frank mention anything about possible players? or are you assuming that since he had a good trip that it would mean that he is getting players that will put this team in the running for both cups?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    No mention of possible players, and I'm assuming nothing at this point. He was just upbeat about it. Nothing to read into there.

    Although I won't be surprised if we do land a signing or two as a result of the trip. Last year's trip abroad yielded Chaves and Puerari, so.....

  • And Mikulic.

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    It's just me probably, but I won't be super excited unless they start out by winning like 3-4 straight lol. I'm too impatient now as a Fire fan.

  • In reply to waam:

    That'll be a tall task, given that they're likely starting w/ back to back road games before the 3/24 home opener.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    just thinking of this comment, good teams can win on the road can't they?

  • In reply to waam:

    no its not just you. i don't want to see a repeat of last year where they start horribly and than wake up in august. i would rather have all the pieces in january so we don't have to wait until august to get reinforcements. last year they knew they needed a playmaker for the center of the park and waited until august to get one. if they need someone to fill a gap get that player in january not in august when you have to fight just to get in the playoffs.

  • What happens if they don't sign Dube? Does he become a free agent? Did anyone see FoxSoccer's projected draft picks? They have the fire drafting a forward from Maryland. Does that make sense?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I would think forward and outside back are still positions they will look at in the draft.

  • I believe Dube becomes a free agent today unless something's coming later on today...

    Does Casey Townsend make sense? Looking at the number of forwards we have and the rumor of at least one more coming, no probably not but he is a highly rated striker and one that will be a decent MLS forward one day.

    Outside the first few picks, mock drafts are rarely accurate. I could see us using the #9 pick in a trade to get another player just as much as I could see us using it to get Townsend....Really no idea who it will be.

  • In reply to seaside:

    Teams have seven days from the Re-Entry draft to sign players they have selected. If an agreement isn't reached those players can try to cut a deal elsewhere in MLS but the club that selected him retains the "right of first refusal" if they choose to match the new offer received.

    Dube can go elsewhere in the league but if the Fire feel they want to match any better offer he receives they can keep him. That is of course if they have already completed what the league calls a bona fide offer.

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