Mid week notes - training ends, Nyarko honored

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.

Nyarko honored

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.

2012 wrap-up

Check out the Red Priests Podcast where a trio of guys who watch way too much soccer recap 2012 and look forward to 2013.

Filed under: 2012 Post Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • This Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal against England today is so ridiculous I had to post it here.....


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Which goal is better: Ibrahimovic or Wayne Rooney bicycle from last year?

  • In reply to longoria3:

    They're both unbelievable. The degree of difficulty and improbability in Ibra's is off the charts.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:


  • During the podcast, a big name striker was mentioned as their needs. Since Klopas and Leon going overseas to look for that specific player, a player that will fit in perfect will be Valladolid's Javier Guerra. I heard Sporting KC were pursing him during the July transfer. It wouldn't hurt to give him a look.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    It will be interesting to see if they pursue a third DP....

  • FYI....there is no training today for anyone looking to catch a final run. Players are cleaning out lockers and heading out today.

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