March 1 roster notes ; Fire may add Friedrich

With only one match remaining before the Fire complete Phase 3 of preseason training and return to Chicago, head coach Frank Klopas has the opening day roster close to set.  March 1 is roster compliance day for all MLS clubs, meaning that the total dollars expended on the senior roster must fall within the established salary budget constraints set forth by the league.  The Fire are currently within those limits with players 1-20 on the roster and cuts aren't required at this time.  "We're fine with the first 20 spots but the other players from 21-28, we can add and make cuts after this date," explained Klopas.

Klopas and the coaching staff are still going through the process of determining which players will likely fill roster spots 21-28.  Some of the trialists seemingly have already established a claim to a few of those spots, one who is sure to stick is Paolo Tornaghi.  "He's a young goalkeeper who comes with a lot of experience, he's been in a very good system at Inter and at this point I can tell you he's a guy that we want to keep on our roster," said Klopas.  Tornaghi will not occupy a senior roster spot because of his age but he will take up one of the three open international spots currently available.  The coach was not concerned with the possibility of a back-up keeper occupying a valuable international spot.  "We believe in the player and the quality of the player and goalkeeper is a very important position on the field so there's no concern on our end," said Klopas.

Defender/midfielder Tony Walls has impressed Klopas as well.  "I think he's done well.  We've used him in a couple of different spots whether it's been in the middle where he played a lot in college as a number six or an eight or we've used him a little bit on the right side as a right back.  I think he's done well and now it's going to come down to these decisions I talked about at the end of this camp."

Lucky Mkosana will travel back to Chicago so the staff can get a longer look before a decision is made on his status.  Klopas also plans to get more of a look at Amadou Sanyang before making a decision on him as well.

Klopas confirmed the club's interest in German defender Arne Friedrich.  "He's someone that we're looking into and do have an interest in. That's all I can say at this point but we are going to be bringing in another central defender."  The club explored other options in an attempt to fortify that position but at this point Klopas said "we definitely have one player in mind" and "hopefully we can wrap this up pretty quickly."

One player who may be on the outside looking in is Steven Kinney.  The third year defender still has not resumed training and continues to suffer from injury setbacks.  "The kid has been trying to come back but there have always been setbacks.  It's been a very long time and it's a difficult one.  I can relate to it as a player and I know he's been very frustrated by the whole thing.  I know they went in and looked at it one more time and everything looked pretty normal so now it's just a matter of trying to push it more and we're just going to have to wait and see what happens now.  It's never easy for a younger player to go through something like this."

The final 28 man roster will be determined once the club concludes this phase of training and returns to Chicago.


Fantasy Soccer

MLS has a new Fantasy Manager game which looks like it might be fun....I'm thinking of starting a Fire Confidential league for any interested parties.   If we can get enough participants maybe I'll come up with a snazzy prize for the winner.

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  • Expect an announcement soon regarding Hunter Jumper. I've got it on good authority after today that he made the squad.

  • I think it would be great to have Friedrich here, given the experience he has and how mistake prone our defense has been the last few seasons. and i would certainly be interested in the in the fantasy game!

  • Also interested in the fantasy league. I'm in one with TMLS there, but it appears you can join multiple leagues.

  • Someone enlighten me about Tornaghi. Why would a guy who has played in the Italian national and Inter youth systems, want to come play 3rd string for the Fire? I can't imagine that his salary would go up. Is there something else going on?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Seems he will be fairly inexpensive too. Here's a bit more on Tornaghi and his road to MLS......

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Ok, this helps me get his perspective a little bit:

    "“In Italy we’re having some problems with the economy of the third teams and the fourth teams, so I had to start thinking about the future,” Tornaghi said. “I figured, why not try? When they told me the possibility was there for me to come here I was very excited."

    But as a kid who's played in the Italian youth system, up to the U20 level (granted, one appearance at that age), you'd think he'd have some more options in Italy or elsewhere in Europe. I know that Italian teams are often known for favoring veterans over youth players, and that MLS is more fluid because it's a feeder league rather than a terminal league like Serie A, La Liga, the EPL, and the Bundesliga.

    Regardless, if he's a quality keeper, he's welcome. Fire fans may be a little protective of Johnson as US nats prospect, even if Tornaghi ends up playing well in his appearances here.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    *IF* he ends up indeed being 3rd string. Just sayin'.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    No doubt. If I were Johnson I would be sweating a little more.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    i agree. SJ was decent last year, but i wouldnt consider him a top 5 keeper in the league - he has potential, but that could go either way in the future, always nice to have another option until SJ proves himself

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    What? Not a top 5 keeper in the league and still needs to prove himself?

    Johnson is a top 3 keeper in the league which has been proven not only by his play but by the national team call-ups.

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    In reply to ChicagoFire8:

    Top 3!? Lets be truthful here. He's got the ability of a top 5 goalie, but until he gets regular USA team and reserve play, we can't even begin to think he could be a top 3. In fact, Sean's had good runs, but he still has too many lapse in judgement, doesn't see the opposition's development well, and anticiapate poorly all too many times to be considered so highly. At his age, he's still got time, but we really need him to kick in gear. I'm excited for this new keeper personally. Somebody who has probably grown up, eat, breathe, sleep soccer awareness, and will have all these instincts Sean doesn't have.

  • I was pretty sure any player who takes an international spot automatically takes a senior roster spot.

    Keep in mind that Tornaghi would likely be on loan from Inter. He wouldn't be a long term solution.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Klopas indicated that wasn't the case today.

    Maybe Jeff can ask Klopas about a loan move for Tornaghi tomorrow. He is in South Carolina now.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I'll be talking to Frank tomorrow, that question is on my list.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Jeff what happened??? You posted yesterday that you
    were going to talk to Frank Klopas today and had a list of
    Questions you were going to ask. Did you talk to Frank today???

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Briefly talked to him, but was unable to ask him about the possibility of Tornaghi coming in on loan vs. signing. From what info I've been able to gather, though, it sounds like it would not be a loan. I'm hoping to find out more today.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Thank you for trying. looking forward towards hearing
    more from you. "Good investigative reporting keep up
    the good work."

  • In reply to Juergen:

    why did you put "Good investigative reporting keep up the good work" in quotes?

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    Just appreciated the response and hoping for more news
    from S.Carolina. Any news on extend of Orduro arm and the Austin Berry foot or leg injury?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    After rereading the roster regs, it doesn't say anymore that international slot players must be on the senior roster. It does say that discovery signings must be on the senior roster, so the Fire must have used another mechanism to acquire Tornaghi.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Oduro is fine. No worries there whatsoever.

    Berry was doing side work and taking it fairly easy the last two days of training. No touches on the ball, everything he was doing was focusing on the lower leg, light running, stretching, etc. Sounds like he'll be fine, they're just taking it slow. He won't be playing today.

  • i'd be up for the soccer league thingy but for some reason they require facebook and i dont use that

  • I'd be up for a fantasy challenge.

  • I think by season's end we'll see more of Tornaghi than of Nolly.
    No knock on Nolly, but Tornaghi has more upside than Nolly.
    Friedrich would be a positive signing. All we need is a quality striker.
    The Fire has enough young Oduro/Nyarko lookalikes, speedy but no finishing. If they can't find a quality striker they should consider putting Barouch on top, at least he knows where the goal is and even though he has a lot of shots bounding of the post at least the ball is still in play, rather than some dumb weak shots that are easily gobbeled up by the keeper.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I don't think it will take that long for Tornaghi to become #2, based on what I've seen this week.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    He may even continue to impress and become #1

  • Tonight's game called off. Lots of rain today (which continues) made for poor field conditions.

  • Fire showed a lack of class. I understand no game do to weather
    conditions. They should have done live interviews with the Players
    and coaching staff. Don't just call off game and do nothing else is
    just not not acceptable to the fans.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    I think it's more just a further reflection of the lack of leadership (and possibly manpower) in the PR department.

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Sweet Jesus Christ Almighty! The Fire is not your girlfriend. Rain happens, games get cancelled, and there is no obligation for the Fire to find something for you to do on a Saturday night when these things happen. No team that I know of in any sport would scramble to provide alternate programming when a game is cancelled due to weather. They pack up their gear and move on with their lives. Learn from their example.

  • It's not lack of class, nor was it lack of 'leadership' in their PR department.

    Once the game was called, the team was put through a workout in one of the banquet rooms at the hotel. Now, maybe I'm just spiff balling here, but I'd rather the team work on conditioning, staying fit, and being sharp than getting a 'live' interview about the game being canceled, the team being bummed, and wishing they could play instead of run around in a banquet hall.

  • Don't worry people the regular season starts in 11 days 3/17!

    The Fire, barring major unforseen circumstances, make be in the playoffs something we as fans have been waiting for now with a 2 year dry spell!

    We have a fun team to watch and if the Guanian duo produces we will especially have a fun team to watch!

    GO (Quaker Oats) FIRE!!!! :-)

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    How about the 5 years trophyless dry spell? Lets work on that.

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