Prepping for the January window

As 2012 winds down and the New Year approaches it's almost time for soccer's mid winter "silly season" to commence.  Things probably won't get really interesting until the week of the Superdraft on January 17.  In the meantime here are a few nuggets for your entertainment.....

Podcast Mania

Former Fire midfielder Peter Lowry is the guest on the latest Red Priests podcast.  He has some interesting things to say about his time in Chicago, playing in Portland, and chimes in with some thoughts on the possible MLS/USL-Pro reserve league merger.  Check it out here.  You can also check out his blog, which features a player's perspective with a little humor mixed in.

Rumor time

A couple of reports out of Argentina claim that Sebastian Grazzini has received an offer to return to the Fire.  I don't see this one happening but this story has had plenty of strange twists and turns.  Grazzini scored 2 goals in 15 games for Atletico de Rafaela this past season.  (Hat tip to @Ugly11 for pointing these out on twitter)

With the MLS combine coming up in two weeks and the Superdraft almost three weeks away the Fire should be busy attempting to fill out the remainder of the roster.  The European transfer window generally opens on Tuesday but the MLS window opens on January 21.  There are currently at least 5-6 open spots waiting to be claimed.

Current Squad

GK Johnson, Tornaghi

D Anibaba, Berry, Friedrich, Jumper, Kinney, Segares, Walls

M Alex, Bone*, Fernandez, Nyarko, Paladini, Pardo, Pause, Pineda, Videira, Thompson

F Gulley, MacDonald, Oduro, Rolfe, Santos, Franco**

*Bone has not officially re-signed with the club as of yet

**Franco's contract expires on Dec. 31



Filed under: 2012 Post Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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    I would welcome Graz back... We literally have no idea why he left in the first place.

  • In reply to waam:

    agreed. this team needs a CAM not named rolfe.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Fitting him back into the locker room after the nonsense last summer could be an issue. Where you play him if Rolfe and MacDonald are on the field is also a question. He's not a good defender and you can't play Pause or Pardo alone at the holding spot so playing him in a true CAM spot also poses some problems.

    There's no doubt he can play and would be an asset on the field in the right formation but you have to ask those questions in bringing him back. As unlikely as it seems, it appears there is a chance he could be back and makes this story even stranger.

  • Of the 5 to 6 possible roster spots open, how many are international spots?

  • In reply to eddiext:

    They have 2 spots open if Franco is gone.

  • Diamond midfield.

    Rolfe MacDonald
    Nyarko Flaco
    Sega - Berry - Friedrich - Anibaba

    But it would probably never happen.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    The concern with a diamond is that neither Pause nor Pardo can cover enough ground by themselves and Grazzini isn't much of a defender (that's why he's subbed out after 70 minutes in every match).

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    how about getting a DM that can play alone? or maybe give paladini more of a shot?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Those guys are hard to find. That's why most teams play with two nowadays.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Someone in the Shalrie Joseph mold, for example.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Or Kyle Beckerman.

  • The Fire need to have a team that can withstand the crazy pressure teams like KC and Houston deployed against them. The need speed in defensive mid position. If Pardo and Pause both of whom I respect greatly cannot keep up, then the team needs to think about other options in the back. Pardo and Pause can hold their own against 85% of MLS, but for the few occasions, they need to use a different attacking formation. Once the Fire gets up on those teams, then Pause and Pardo come in. I just worry that with both of those guys, the KCs and the Houston's when they are in form like they were at the end of the season, can take advantage and possess the ball in the attacking third. TheFire need speed up the middle not just on the wings.

  • Sepp Blatter taking shots at MLS. When he opens his mouth, more delusional he sounds.'struggling'-to-take-hold?cc=5901

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Blatter is completely clueless and out of touch. He went on to say that one of the reasons MLS is struggling is because teams are playing in NFL stadiums. That along with his insistence that the league move to a winter schedule really confirm what a boob he is.

    Sunil Gulati will really have some questions to answer if he continues to support this buffoon.

  • According to this report the Fire are interested in 22 year old Argentine midfielder Ivan Marcone.....

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    so is this scarf eating material? ;) actually i would be shocked if they sign this guy.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Only someone of Kaka's ilk would qualify for taking that unpleasant culinary endeavor. ;)
    Why would this one shock you?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    well he states that he wants to play in the copa libretadores and with the system that frank plays he won't fit in. there's also the problem of cap space but that can magically change through allocation money though. plus i don't see frank moving away from the 2 d-mid formation because of the current players he has. as much as i don't like it either frank will probably continue to play rolfe as a CAM.

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