Soumare: Fire and Union have had preliminary talks

The Fire will host the Philadelphia Union on May 11. It's possible Bakary Soumare will be there even if he's not a member of the visiting team.

In the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast, Soumare talks about his return to MLS last season and where he could be headed this year. Chicago is in the running but there are issues that need to be worked out before a trade can be facilitated. The issues and the trade talk is all right here.

Soumare acknowledged that the Union have dealt with him professionally in trying to facilitate a move but he's still unsure why he's not playing or even dressing. "I've asked for a trade for many different reasons," said Soumare. "Not only because I wasn't starting but just because I felt there was a lack of communication and maybe I've lost a little bit of trust for my employers".

What role did Peter Nowak and Diego Gutierrez play in bringing him to Philadelphia and how has their departures affected his current situation? What are his options within MLS and abroad? Would he be open to staying in Philadelphia if a trade can't be worked out?  Soumare candidly addresses each of these questions.

"Chicago is my home now. I've made it my home since I played there and it's going to be my home when I'm done playing soccer so whether I go back there now or I go back there in 5 or 6 years it doesn't matter. I'll end up there at some point."

 

 

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  • Do we really want him back? He is a little nutty. I always felt as though he was a second away from a red card every time he stepped on the field. If he is brought I as a back-up, will he accept that role? If he is brought in as a starter, will Anibaba move to right back? I'm not sure Baky is the right guy. I would rather look for a new coach.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Valid questions on the dynamic if they get him. It's been assumed that the Berry/Anibaba pairing is the centerback tandem of the future but this would obviously change that.

    Striker, right back, and attacking mid are bigger concerns in my mind at the moment.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    don't you think they'd slide anibaba to RB and wasn't that the plan going into the year? so doesn't this move solve the RB problem?

    oh, attacking mid and striker. wherefore art thou?

  • In reply to Drew:

    Anibaba was always a temporary solution at right back in my eyes. Once Friedrich retired it seemed the Berry/Anibaba pairing was the way they were heading. He can play there but the lack of depth there now due to the short sighted release of Gargan is a problem right now.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I don't know his contract status but I would love the Fire to pursue Borussia M'gladbach attacking midfielder Juan Arango. He is on the Venezuelan national team and a double digit assist specialist. He is a better version of Grazzini. IMO, addressing a center mid is top priority than getting a striker. As for Hercules Gomes, he didn't light MLS on fire when he played for Kansas City and Los Angeles. He is 31 years old and his resurrection with Santos is due to a god supporting cast on top with Quintero and Peralta. It is more likely he will stay in the Liga MX. With the center back position, Friedrich's presence is missing and Berry in his second year looks lost at times. With Soumare, pending on Friedrich health, he is worth the risk if Philly is willing to pay half his salary.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    One more year left on Arango's deal from what I can find on the interwebs.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    He will not come to the Fire because he wasn't a castoff from another MLS team

    The Fire are now officially the team to dump your unwanted players

    I always though Soumare was overrated and he couldn't cut it in Europe OR Philly. I think it would be a mistake.

    How about a Rogers for Villanueva trade with LA

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    If they can wrangle Villanueva in a deal for Rogers I think a lot of people would be happy with that. I think they'll end up with some combination of picks and allocation money if a deal happens.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Villanueva??? I thought there is a player from LA name Villarreal.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Ha! You're right. We were probably thinking of former Cub Hector Villanueva with all this Wrigley Field talk.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    Or Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Villanueva. ugh!!!

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    btw, I think the left wing position needs to be addressed as well. sure would like to have pappa back, though inconsistent, he brought creativity and scoring. all the players that they've slotted into that position just haven't done enough to this point.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Pappa is subject to allocation now if he were to return to MLS so getting him back would not be easy. Someone suggested buying him back from Heerenveen but how silly would it look to buy back a player from the same club that you sold him to a few months prior?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    not to mention he wanted to give europe a try, so he's unlikely to want to come back so quickly. we do miss him though.

  • I think at this point, the pluses outweigh the minuses of bringing him in. Anibaba was donned a RB with Gargan's departure under FK's system. I'm sure in a perfect world, he wants to go back to that setup. Baky is also young enough that he could potentially slot in at CB for Chicago for 3-5 seasons, which would be some nice stability if he stays healthy.

    On another note, if you're the Twittering type and don't follow me on there, I'm giving away two tickets to the 5/11 game vs. Philly once I hit 1000 followers. Random winner will get the two tickets, and I'm trying to arrange for a possible player meeting (likely it will happen, just haven't worked out the details). And if you refer someone, and they end up being the winner, you'll get some signed swag.

  • Would the Fire ever pursue Herculez Gomez? The guy knows how to score. He is exactly what the Fire need right now (him and an incredibly talented central attacking midfielder). Seriously, does he want to live in Chicago or Toronto? He would become the American Blanco. It's time for our club to get serious and pursue legit strikers.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    I like Herc as a player but I don't think he's THAT guy. He'd be a nice addition and would be great with fans and media but he's not going to move the needle significantly either. He'd be a loonnngggg way from Blanco.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    so do you think Andy will spend the #keanelikemoney? honestly what does your gut say? remember #keanelikemoney is around 3.4ish million according to 2012 union salary report. or will he spend more #puppolikemoney again?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Gut feeling? I don't think they'll plop down over $3 mill. but I think they'd bring in a guy in the $1.5 - $2 mill range.

  • Reminder there's an MLS game tonight. Portland should hammer New England.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    kind of like we should have hammered new England at the beginning of the season? ;)

  • Apparently Portland hammered New England to a 0-0 tie.
    Unfortunately, the Fire lacks a hammer, a screw driver, and a wrench.

  • Surprising result for me but at least my fantasy team benefited. Ricketts is my goalkeeper this week.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Speaking of Ricketts, how about if the Cubs move to Rosemont, the Fire then move to Wrigley? :)

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    Neither one will EVER happen.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    in fairness to portland, they attacked all game and should have won. they clearly couldn't quite finish it off, but man they had chance after chance.

  • Because there's no Fire game this weekend it doesn't mean I won't share some stellar picks for the rest of the league. Last week wasn't so stellar with only 2 wins so take these with a grain of salt.

    New York 1 Columbus 1
    Seattle 2 Philadelphia 1
    Montreal 1 San Jose 2
    Toronto 1 Colorado 1
    Vancouver 2 RSL 2
    Chivas 1 Sporting KC 3
    Houston 1 Los Angeles 2

    Season record 35/78

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    We'll give you a pass seeing as MLS is unpredictable.

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    If you can do 50% in MLS picks that's actually pretty good.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Why do they schedule these gaps in the season when the weather gets nice? They should just start later than when the weather's crappy. I don't see how this helps build a fanbase when your team is not playing every week. Then when the WC qualifiers start up again, they're playing and losing guys to that.. I don't get it from a marketing standpoint. The MLS needs to grow up with some of this stuff.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    it is a bit odd. 2 months into the season and their 2nd bye week. not sure i totally get it either, but when in doubt, follow the money....

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Growing up and making sensible decisions is not on Garber's priority list.

  • I have a question regarding late blooming players. What spawns this is thinking about Bone and Duka...both highly regarded coming into the league, but both struggling to make an impact. Just wondering what other cases like these people can point to where the players come in with high expectations, struggle, and then eventually become good...or very good. Just wondering what sort of hope we might have with these two guys.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Drew -- good question!! My guess is that itall goes back to the fact that a college rating tells very little because the even if the coach is credible, the competition isn't. So performiing well against poor competition gives a false sense of the real abilities, especially of the creative miidfielders and forwards. Defenders college records might be slightly more predictive of success. Dilly Duka is a case in point. Based on his team and coach I had expected much moore than what I have seen. While his moves are creative tyhey seem much tooslow to fool a MLS defender. I personally don't see much upside to him but I hope I'm wrong.

  • http://espnfc.com/news/story/_/id/1436220/rogers-sees-good-chance-play-mls-season?cc=5901

    sounds as if rogers may be coming back, but has no interest in playing for the fire. no big surprise really, but this is the first time i've read him be so explicit in his non-interest in the fire.

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