Fire decline option on Pause but look to keep him with the club

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.

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  • Couldn't see him coming back for that kind of money. Cant really see a team taking him either but you never know. I would like to see him come back as a player for another year. He is a good team player and seemed to be a great leader. He is what the Fire are about. Seems like he would be a good coach too. I hope he doesnt walk away from the club altogether.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Pause takes heat in some circles but he's also a guy that understands what being a captain and a representative of the club is about.

  • wow, that's a big amount of cap room created with the rios/pause moves. with that said, i'd like pause back at a reasonable fee for a back-up with lots of experience and leadership qualities.

  • Would like to see Pause stay around, but not at that salary. Hopefully they can work out a deal.

  • Looks like DeFoe is going to Toronto. Would it be too much to ask that one top flight player would want to come and play here in Chicago? Sad as it is to say, I would even like to hear a rumor. Something, anything at all that would give a glimmer of hope...

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Not top flight but.....Any interest in Eddie Johnson?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I saw that feature on MLS's main site and saw they speculated the Fire among the teams that would be the best fits for EJ. Not sure I want him here, I know he can score but I don't think he's a good fit. Then again it's a new coach with a new philosophy so who's to say what could happen.

    I think I know Jeff's thoughts on EJ...

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Aish.

    In addition to the "another Seattle cast off" aspect, which would also be accurate, I wonder if Yallop would have success with him if EJ were to join the ranks. You have to figure he's got experience in dealing w/ polarizing guys like Lenhart, so it would see that if anyone could deal w/ EJ's antics and the like, it would be Yallop.

    But then again, keeping our dignity should be a primary concern, which would hopefully entail not EJ in the ranks.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Getting yet another Seattle cast off would not be too exciting, I want to stand up and shout YES! Not sit at my computer and say meh.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Too toxic.

  • I think he would be great for us. He can finish, take people on and play out on the wing or up top. If we can get him for a small price then I think it's perfect. Slight downfall with him on the usmnt he will be gone for the summer. Still a good signing IMO.

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