October is here and the final stretch of the MLS season is upon us. The Fire will take on the Peter Nowak-less Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night but the Fire legend will still be in attendance at Toyota Park. Nowak, Chris Armas, and Cuauhtemoc Blanco will be honored at half-time of the match. It will be Blanco's first appearance at Toyota Park since the 2009 Eastern Conference Final.
Here are a few other notes heading into a big week for the Fire:
- Pavel Pardo did not train with the team today and his status for Wednesday night looks questionable. Frank Klopas will be cautious with the veteran midfielder.
- Gonzalo Segares and Frank Klopas will not be available for the match on Wednesday night as a result of the two yellow cards and sideline dismissal issued to them on Friday night.
- Alvaro Fernandez received a call up for Uruguay's World Cup Qualifiers on October 12 and 16. He is not expected to miss any Fire matches since MLS is observing the international dates on the weekend of the 12th and there are no league games scheduled.
- The Fire's defeat at the hands of Sporting Kansas City last Friday night took some sting out of the talk about finishing at the top of the table but a first place finish is still possible if things go as I thought they might. The only result I missed on this weekend was DC United's draw in Portland. However, please proceed with wagers at your own peril.
- The Fire have released a pretty entertaining promo video for FIFA13. Gonzalo Segares is quite the thespian.
- Even more Fire legends will be attendance at the Fire's 15th Anniversary celebration next Monday night. Click here for names and details.
- Tune into ESPN 1220AM every Wednesday morning at 7:30 where I'll talk some Fire/MLS with show hosts Alex Uribe and Hernan Espinoza. You can also listen online.
- Check out this swank special edition t-shirt that the Fire have collaborated on with the popular Bumpy Pitch line. $5 from every sale is going to the Chicago Fire Foundation.
- Marco Pappa made his debut for SC Heerenveen this weekend. Pappa played 77 minutes in the club's 1-1 draw.