Before the weekend MLS action kicks off on Friday here's a look at the top Fire related stories today.
Lindpere & Rios called
Joel Lindpere and Egidio Arévalo Rios have been called up by their respective countries for World Cup qualifying matches. Both players will depart after the Houston game on Sunday but won't be available for road games at Seattle and Toronto.
US WCQ Roster
US Soccer has announced Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. As expected Sean Johnson didn't make the cut as one of the three goalkeepers despite an impressive outing in Gold Cup competition. Here's the entire roster:
GK: Guzan, Howard, Rimando
DEF: Beasly, Besler, Brooks, Cameron, Castillo, Evans, Gonzalez, Orozco
MID: Beckerman, Bedoya, Bradley, Diskerud, F. Johnson, Jones, Zusi
FWD: Altidore, Dempsey, Donovan, Johannsson, E. Johnson
Houston in CCL
Sunday's opponent, the Houston Dynamo played a Tuesday night CONCACAF Champion's League match against Arabe Unido and came away with a 2-1 victory in Texas. Dominic Kinnear used a mixture of starters and bench players but three of his most important offensive weapons only saw short minutes. Will Bruin played 13 minutes, Oscar Boniek-Garcia 45, and Brad Davis 23. Other regulars Giles Barnes, Andrew Driver, Jermaine Taylor, and Kofie Sarkodie didn't play. Fatigue shouldn't be a big issue in Chicago.
They are however coming off a 5-0 pasting in Montreal and are only 3-6-3 on the road this year with a -7 goal differential.
Their line-up on Tuesday:
Hall; Ashe, Brunner, Boswell, Chabala; Creavalle, Lopez (Bruin 13'), Johnson (Davis 23'), Dixon (Garcia 45'), Moffatt; Weaver
Fire Confidential Podcast
Catch the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast as we discuss the ramifications of the "Editorial" with the OTF Radio crew. As a side note to the podcast I'd like to issue two corrections pertaining to the discussion.
1-The "editorial" was apparently edited at some time last Friday. We noticed the censorship on Tuesday afternoon.
2-Section 8 Chicago protested Peter Wilt's departure in 2005 by staging a black out and protested racism and fan safety in 2007.