The Fire's season will officially end this Thursday when the club holds its last training session of 2012. Most clubs in MLS train for a week or two after their seasons conclude and use the time to help make final evaluations before the offseason kicks into high gear with the re-entry draft, college draft, and overseas scouting. The re-entry draft typically takes place in December and is followed by the Super-draft on January 17 in Indianapolis. Down-town Indy is a short drive from Chicago and should be well attended by Fire supporters itching for 2013 to roll around.
Speaking of 2013. Check out the countdown clock located on the right hand side of the page. The Fire return to Toyota Park and report for the beginning of 2013 training on January 18.
Patrick Nyarko has been named the Supporter's Player of the Year as voted on by fans. Section 8 Chicago will present him with a plaque and a donation to the charity of his choosing this Sunday at Cleo's on Chicago (1935 W. Chicago) at 2pm. It is a well deserved honor for Nyarko who battled through numerous injuries to appear in every match this season and has arguably been the most consistent player on the squad for the last three seasons.
Fire return to Carolina
The club will participate in the pre-season Carolina Challenge Cup for the third consecutive year this February. The Charleston Battery and two yet unnamed MLS clubs will provide the competition.
Johnson gets call
Sean Johnson is with the US Men's National Team this week. The Nats will take on Russia on Wednesday morning in their last match of 2012. World Cup qualifying begins in earnest on February 6 in Honduras.
Check out the Red Priests Podcast where a trio of guys who watch way too much soccer recap 2012 and look forward to 2013.