With the Superdraft and the start of training camp just a few days away business will start to pick up this week. Rumors and speculation should be in abundance over the next few days as teams begin final preparations for the 2013 season. The Fire technical staff is en route to Indianapolis after spending the weekend at the MLS Combine in Florida. No new deals have been struck yet but if you follow Fire news on the ol' Twitter machine you may have noticed an interesting tidbit involving Alvaro Fernandez.
Martin Charquero (@MartinCharquero) a reporter for GolTV in Latin America tweeted that Fernandez was headed to Al Rayyan in Qatar on a six month loan. This followed a tweet from Fernandez himself (@flaco_fernandez) providing this cryptic message, "Bueno hoy arrancamos con nuevo rumbo!!" or "today we start on a new course!!". The Fire acquired Fernandez late last season and he does occupy both an international spot and a Designated Player spot. Moving him would leave a gap on the outside where the Fire are thin on wing players and a "6 month" loan seems to be an odd length of time given that he would theoretically be back in MLS near the half way point of the season.
Either way, no deal has been completed for Fernandez as of yet and he is still officially a Fire player as I write this. Things could change given that Fernandez has indicated that something is brewing. Stay tuned....
Fire Player Registry
For you stat and history nerds like myself, Jeff Crandall has amassed this impressive record documenting each and every player that has donned the Fire jersey since the club's inception. The Player Registry lists statistics for every player broken down by the type of competition. They've even got a sponsor on board for it.
The only thing missing is the kit numbers.
2013 MLS Superdraft
The annual draft takes place this Thursday in Indianapolis. Section 8 Chicago is travelling to the event. If you're interested in attending check out details here. If you can't make it, Chicago-Fire.com will stream it live starting at 11am.