With today's deadline for clubs to notify MLS if player options are being renewed for 2014 it's possible that captain Logan Pause may have played his last game for the Fire. Frank Yallop declined the 2014 option on the veteran midfielder thereby making him eligible for December's Re-Entry draft. Yallop told MLSsoccer.com that he's still looking to bring Pause back in some capacity next season. Pause feels he can still contribute on the field so if he's not claimed in Re-Entry it's likely he will be back as a player at a reduced rate next season. According to MLSPU, Pause earned $197,833.00 guaranteed compensation in 2013. The Fire similarly declined an option for Gonzalo Segares last December and made him eligible for the draft before signing him to a new deal shortly before the Re-entry process began.
The Fire would have been hard pressed to keep Pause, Egidio Arevalo Rios, and Jeff Larentowicz on the roster next season at their 2013 rates and still maintain room under the salary budget. The departure of Rios and the move with Pause potentially clears up approximately $566K in budget space or 18% of the allotted 2014 cap number.
Also of note in the article is confirmation that both Homegrown players, Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley will be back next season. Sean Johnson's 2014 option has also apparently been exercised and the club is in "preliminary" talks with his agent to decide on his future.
Yallop is expecting to name his coaching staff some time in the "couple of weeks" but one other item of interest to watch for Fire supporters may be what the future holds for Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis. If Kreis bolts RSL for expansion New York City FC as some suggest it could open a door for the return of a certain Ring of Fire member currently employed out west.