Monday notes

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.

Filed under: 2012 Regular Season

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  • I just pulled this from Wikipedia about Peter Nowak, I looked it up after your comments about the Nowak less Union:

    "Nowak was fired by the Union on June 13, 2012 after a series of controversial moves including the trade of the Union's leading goal scorer, Sebastian Le Toux, captain Danny Califf, and number one draft pick Danny Mwanga. Before he was fired Nowak had presided over the Union's worst season to date, posting a 2-7-2 record.[4] The official reasoning behind the firing was revealed in July of 2012 when Nowak filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the team. Union officials claimed that Nowak had breached League rules relating to collective bargaining agreements, negligence in managing the health and welfare of players during practices and games, and breaches of team rules, including "orally berating and physically intimidating fellow employees."

    Wow I guess my head was in the sand regarding Peter, wow he was gutsy to trade away those franchise guys! What do you guys think his future holds? I love his intensity and wonder if he could come back to the Fire organization in some capacity?

  • In reply to smiley:

    yes, the fire should do all they can to bring in an employee who will berate and physically intimidate his colleagues. c'mon fire, make it happen! ;)

  • In reply to Drew:

    It will be interesting to see where Nowak ends up when the smoke clears with the Union.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    After all the controversy surrounding Nowak, he can keep to appearing at Fire celebrations and special dates. Respect his time with the club, but if even a portion of those allegations are true...pass.

  • Fire had a bad game against KC but good teams win at home and they should feel too bad about it!

    They are still red hot and at a good time going into the playoffs!

    GO FIRE!!!

    Great to see those Fire alumni coming back to be honored!

  • In reply to smiley:

    as someone mentioned on another blog, the difference in that game is that rolfe missed his scoring chance in the first half while zusi buried his (which was also quite a difficult and impressive finish). it's just how the cookie crumbles i agree here that the fire shouldn't feel bad at all about that loss. it makes getting the 1 seed more difficult, but it doesn't really change the outlook of the season much.

  • In reply to Drew:

    One loss on the road to the team in first place doesn't lessen what they've been able to accomplish. Of course, now they need to beat Philadelphia...

  • Peter Wilt talks about the Fire name, badge, and identity of the club in the latest Pitch Invasion podcast.....

    good stuff here!

  • Fire finished last season at 7-2-1. In their last 10 games, they are currently 7-2-1. While I never want to see a loss, if they had to go pointless in a match down the stretch, I'm ok with it being that one. Now they can finish the season strong, and hope for a little help from NY and Columbus when SKC takes those two clubs on.

    I'd still like the Fire's spot in the playoffs (and higher in the standings) to be a bit more concrete than it is now, but I still love the fact that the East is probably going to go down to the last day of the season. Amazingly fun, high drama.

  • The last 3 players in the Fire 15 have been announced. Klopas, Brown, and Nowak make the list.....

    How Hristo Stoichkov is not on the list but McBride and Pappa are, is beyond me. Shame on you voters.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Why are Pause and Klopas on that list is beyond me especially Pause? Marco Pappa deserves to be on that list.

  • In reply to klopashater:

    It would have been tough to exclude a Ring of Fire member.

    I would have voted for Damani Ralph, Josh Wolff, and definitely Stoichkov ahead of Pappa and McBride.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Another one that can be debated is John Busch and Gonzalo Segares not on that list.

  • I forgot to mention Kosecki and Gutierrez with Busch and Segares.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    All debatable but I don't think Busch is top 15. Top 25 maybe.

  • i don't like mcbride on the list either. what about some love from a guy who played his heart out every match and was devistated when osorio didn't protect him in an expansion draft? thats right i think that guerrero should be on that list. 2005 Fire defender and team MVP. i would also throw jim curtin and josh wolff as a debatable names. all 3 of those did more for the team than mcbride.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Another solid player worthy of consideration.

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