2012 Reserve League schedule announced

Just like last season, the MLS Reserve League will be split up into three different divisions with each club playing ten matches.  An initial Reserve League playoff plan was scrapped in 2011 and there are no plans to introduce it this season.  The team with the highest point total will be crowned league "champion".

The Fire's division, the Central Conference consists of Chicago, Colorado, FC Dallas, Houston, Sporting Kansas City, and Real Salt Lake.  Here's the Fire schedule:

3/27 Real Salt Lake 10am

4/2 @Colorado 11am

4/10 @Sporting KC 730pm

4/16 Houston 10am

5/13 Sporting KC 10am

6/12 @Real Salt Lake 11am

8/15 Colorado 10am

9/10 @Houston 10am

9/18 FC Dallas 10am

TBD @FC Dallas 730pm

The Fire will once again play home matches at the Toyota Park practice field.

 

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  • Of the subject is DeRo DP now in DC?

  • In reply to Adam25:

    No, DeRo will not be a DP, but only due to a technicality. DC is using allocation money to buy down his cap hit so they don't have to pay the $250k fee to add a third DP.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dc-uniteds-dwayne-de-rosario-signs-new-contract/2012/02/20/gIQAlTz1PR_story.html

    Also, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that the Bofo to the Fire deal will happen. Feel free to make fun of me if it doesn't. This link has an apparently new source confirming that the deal is imminent:

    http://www.periodicoabc.mx/noticias/deportes/iria-bofo-bautista-al-chicago-fire-de-la-mls.php

  • In reply to Adam25:

    DeRo will not be a DP due to a technicality. DC is using allocation money to avoid making him a DP so they don't have to pay $250k for signing a 3rd DP.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dc-uniteds-dwayne-de-rosario-signs-new-contract/2012/02/20/gIQAlTz1PR_story.html

    Also, I'm ready to predict that the Bofo to the Fire deal will happen. There is apparently a new source confirming the deal is imminent. Feel free to make fun of me if this doesn't pan out:

    http://www.periodicoabc.mx/noticias/deportes/iria-bofo-bautista-al-chicago-fire-de-la-mls.php

  • In reply to iron81:

    These sources seem pretty sketchy to me. They're citing an anonymous source from his hometown, nobody from any teams or anything. But who knows, I guess. It has popped a couple times and MLS linked it on their rumor page.

  • Wow, that's a lot of travel for these kids. Never seen a division in any sport with Chicago and STC

    I think they could put teams in St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Indy and Milwaukee. Keep the travel costs down.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    I meant SLC

  • Hopefully Jeff Crandall has put an end to the Adolfo Bautista nonsense with this tweet......

    "For those that continue to ask, Bofo Bautista is not coming to the Chicago Fire. #cf97 #MLS"

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Nope. I believe!!!

  • In reply to iron81:

    Ha!

    That one just didn't make sense to me, Bautista hasn't been effective for several seasons now.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    The Bofo rumors sounds just as real as Rio Ferdinand coming to Fire ;)....not gonna happen.

  • The Fire have released goalkeeper Alec Kann and have added midfielder Amadou Sanyang as a trialist.

    Sanyang is still under contract with Seattle.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    There ya go, Bofo can come in and vie for the back up goalkeeper spot. Boom! I want my #100 Fire goalie shirt!

  • Assuming they don't bring in another GK to trial with the team, doesn't signing Paolo Tornaghi occupy an international spot?

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    And consequently, a senior roster spot. To me, the move makes sense if he beat Nolly for the #2 role. I did manage to dig up a while ago that Tornaghi's rights are owned by Inter Milan.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Right. I didn't think I was going crazy. Either he's going to give Nolly a run, or they've got other ideas. I really don't see an intl. spot getting burned up by a guy that likely has zero chance of seeing first team minutes. Unless there's something I'm missing (which is altogether possible).

  • Can anyone explain why Don Garber insists that the next MLS team be a NYC based team? Don't get me wrong, I think 20 teams is right, I just don't get why he thinks NYC deserves a second team when it doesn't really support the one it has. The Red Bulls have the best stadium in MLS, easy public access, and they still don't draw that many fans. To me the obvious expansion cities would be Atlanta, St. Louis, or Charlotte. Florida really should be nixed because playing there has proven not to be succesfull.

  • Interesting interview with Robayo.....

    http://www.vivelohoy.com/deportes/8071095/rafael-robayo-toma-el-chicago-fire-como-trampolin-para-ir-a-europa

    Main points of interest:
    1. He's hoping to have a good year in order to jump to Europe next season
    2. He's here on a one year loan deal but there is no option to buy his contract. There is however an option to renew the loan for another year. After this season he will sit down with Fire brass and look at the next step.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So confused after reading that interview (which is not unusual after reading anything written by Pando, but I digress). First, Pando says that Robayo's contract with Millonarios is up, then that he's on loan to us. How can someone who has no contract be on loan? (And how Pando thinks that wing players like Segares are part of the "spine" of the team is beyond me.) But the interview also reveals that Robayo thinks his role is to link the midfield with the forwards. I've seen this other places, too. But isn't this Grazzini's role? Are they swapping out for each other depending on the opponent? My expectation was that Robayo would be on the wing, like Pappa. If we have a Robayo--Grazzini--Pappa midfield playing in front of Pardo, also in midfield, Pardo will have a heckuva lot of work to do, as will the defense, cleaning up for three players who aren't all that naturally committed to defending.

    Two other notes which are surprising is that Robayo is surprised at the emphasis not on the physical in training, but in technique. I'm not sure I've heard a foreign player say that before.

    The other note is that he came here in part because of the agreement the Fire have with Atletico Madrid. He's hoping that if he plays well he can get noticed in Spain.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Fuego,
    He's correct on the contract issue. Many players in south and central America are available to MLS on loan via third party representatives who hold the players rights when a club contract has expired. It's usually an agent. Odd business, but that seems to be very common practice south of the border.

    I think Robayo's role will be quite different from what Grazzini does because he has a different style of game. Klopas has described him as a true #8 or a box-to-box midfielder who is capable of getting forward and linking to the forwards. Grazzini is more of a #10 or a true attacker who sits behind a forward. This is part of the different styles of play and different options that Klopas has referred to this preseason.

    We'll surely see a different look depending on the opponent or certain game situations. It will be interesting to see how Klopas moves the parts around.

    I can't blame him for wanting to try Europe but at 28, his time is running out.

  • I've made this known already via Twitter, but I'd really like for the Fire to go after guys that are going to be here for at least a 3-5 year stretch instead of these "one and done" guys. Don't get me wrong, Robayo having a good season is good for the Fire. But we need guys that will build the club, establish some league dominance, and be a force for a number of years, not a one-off thing.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Totally agree. I have to think that if Robayo thinks he is going to go to Europe next year, he might have been smokin' something before that interview. Why would a player who is new to a team say in an inteview he is looking beyond the team he is playing for? That is another sign he may have been smokin' something. Seriously, the guy is 27 now, next year at 28, is he really going to be drawing interest from Europe? I think that ship has sailed and he didn't see it leave. If he doesn't like hiss contract and he is hoping the Fire will buy him and renegotiate his deal, then I can see why he is saying things, but seriously, he should have someone else say things that way he doesn't come off as not being a team first guy.

  • July 21 match at Toronto has been re-scheduled for September 12 at 6:00pm.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Please tell me this is not true. I have friends in Toronto and we're planning to visit them that weekend. The other game in Toronto is in April and that won't work. Is this a conflict with Concacaf? Argghhhh!

  • In reply to Doug:

    Given the time of year, in all likelihood, either the Fire or TFC have a Euro friendly.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Good point.

    Also hat tip to you, for pointing this out.....

    http://www.ghanasoccernet.com/mls-star-dominic-oduro-invited-for-chile-friendly/

    Dominic Oduro gets a call for Ghana.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    They couldn't find a picture of Dominc with a Fire shirt on?

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