Fire v FGCU match day

Fire starting line up

GK Kann

D Ward, Alves, Kinney, Jumper

M King, Ritter, Shipp, Pineda

F Dantes, Gentile

Players Available:

Signed Players
Goalkeepers (3): Sean Johnson*, Alec Kann, Kyle Reynish
Defenders (8):  Austin Berry, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Patrick Ianni, Hunter Jumper, Steven Kinney,
Lovel Palmer, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare
Midfielders (10): Yazid Atouba, Dilly Duka, Brendan King, Jeff Larentowicz, Alex, Patrick Nyarko,
Logan Pause, Victor Pineda, Chris Ritter, Harry Shipp
Forwards (6): Quincy Amarikwa, Juan Luis Anangono, Giuseppe Gentile, Kellen Gulley, Mike Magee*
Chris Rolfe

*-- Denotes a player currently not in camp because of U.S. National Team duty

Un-Signed Draft Picks
Zach Bolden, Bryan Ciesiulka, Kadeem Dacres, Marco Franco

Guest Players
Rafael Alves, Freddie Braun, Vini Dantas, David Meves, Kyle Renfro, Parker Walsh, Tim Ward



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  • So much for the live feed... DOA. Ah well, I had other things I really should be doing anyway.

  • What happened to the feed?
    Very disappointing for an organization
    that claims they are professional.
    If I was the owner, i'd be livid.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Connectivity is the issue in the Ave Maria area. Really nothing to complain about there. They've also upgraded their webcast equipment this year.

    Maybe they'll move closer to civilization for next year's first phase of camp. Of course people were looking forward to the live stream but they did the best they could considering the area and the service available.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    dude ... easy ... it's the 1st Preseason practice game ... at a park in a very remote area in Florida ... I'm impressed that they tried something this difficult ...

    thanks to the Fire and Fire Media for trying to show us a FREE feed of the 1st scheduled training game.

  • In reply to southsidefutbol:


    Ave Marie is difficult at best to get a live feed from. They have issues every year trying to broadcast a stream from there. Kudos to the club for trying, it's far from being as simple as flipping a switch and magically broadcasting to the worldwide web.

  • What did Jumper do to get a straight red? That's not a good sign. I don't think that he's been disciplined a lot in the past, though, so hopefully it's an anomaly. Same with Gentile's goal.

    First preseason game though.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Looking at the game stat recap, it would appear Jumper's red may have had something to do w/ the altercation between Kinney and the FGCU player, since those were issued a minute apart. If so, I'm just fine w/ teammates defending one another, preseason or not.

  • Thoughts about this team as currently constructed:

    Over the past few years, I've been pretty frustrated with how the team has been run. In particular, the whole "we'll fix any problems we have mid-season" philosophy. We've all seen time and again the pitfalls to the strategy.

    The big difference I see with this year, is the team apparently has pretty impressive depth across the board - D, M and F. I think this was the biggest problem with the squad last year going into the season - and most of us were well aware of the roster's weaknesses that team management didn't fix prior to the season. The early season problems largely reflected a lack of depth at forward and across the back line.

    This year I see a very impressive list of players across all levels (given the cap and reality of MLS). If we found one expensive/great attacking mid (preferably) or striker, I'd feel like we'd be heading into the season as prepared as possible.

    I do understand that it's much more likely and easier to get a higher impact player this summer. Given some time to sit with Yallop, the team's situation, and their strategy, the more I like it. I think we are on the right track, to give a variety of players - both veteran's and young skilled players a chance to grab a hold of positions and to make an impact before making significant transactions - that should happen this summer. And with the depth we've gathered, in no way should we experience a start to the year anywhere near the dark depths of last year. The second half of the year, the Fire proved to be a strong team; we now added depth, quality youth, flexibility and a significant injury or two should no longer completely derail this team.

    I'm feeling is pre-season, so I'm sure many fans feel the same way about their team...but I think we have a lot to look forward to this year, and in the near future with a new management team in place that already seems light years ahead of the previous regime.

  • Is it possible to record the game and post it later instead of a live feed?

  • In reply to ultimateernie:

    I would assume it's possible, but don't know if they did this time through. The highlight of Gentile's goal was from the opposite endline, not the midfield cam, so I'm assuming they weren't able to record from the livestream camera.

  • I left this over at HTIOT too, and--though many readers visit there also--figured I'd share here as well. I assume I'm not the only one who's curious about these guest players.

    Parker Walsh (LB) – 22 y/o – USA

    Vini Dantas (F/M) – 24 y/o – Brazil

    Kyle Renfro (GK) & David Meves (GK):
    Both have info written up about them on

    Rafael Alves (CB):
    Jeff Crandall indicated he was purely a “guest player” who plays for Ft. Lauderdale’s NASL team.

    Freddie Braun (M) & Tim Ward (RB):
    Nothing secret about those two--cf97 site has had write-ups already.

    It'll be interesting to see who makes it into the next phase of camp, and if any more trialists are brought in. FY has said something about bringing over someone from his recent Europe trip, if I'm not mistaken.

  • Guillermo & Jeff,
    Off topic, but with LA starting their USL Pro team, I was wondering what you guys think about the prospect of the Fire doing the same at some point? I know many eyes are on LA to see how they do it, but it seems like a good way to cultivate local and promising talent.

    Furthermore, I could see a USL Pro team playing games--say--at the new North Side facility being a real boost to the Fire brand.

    What do guys think?

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    It's something they've considered. They discussed three options going into 2014. The first was partnering with a current USL team, second was fielding a full USL/reserve squad, and third was just playing in the reserve league. They wanted a USL team a little closer and another wasn't ready this year so they decided on the reserve. Fielding a B side in USL is something more teams will hopefully consider since the current reserve league play just isn't adequate.

    It's something that's on their radar and Yallop said they would revisit for next season.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If, as I hope, they field their own USL team, Milwaukee would be the logical choice, what with the proximity and their long history of soccer clubs. Of course, they may need to partner with the Wave since the Wave actually still exists up there as an indoor team.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    There are 8 MLS teams remaining with no USLPro affiliate. Chicago, Chivas USA, Colorado, FC Dallas, Montreal, New York Red Bulls, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle.

    The teams that will have USL connections this season are:
    Columbus has Dayton
    DC United has Richmond
    Houston has Pittsburgh
    New England has Rochester
    Philadelphia has Harrisburg
    Portland and San Jose share Sacramento
    Sporting KC has Oklahoma City (the relationship with Orlando City will end when they join MLS)
    Toronto has Wilmington
    Vancouver has Charleston
    Los Angeles of course has LA II

    That leaves only 3 USLPro teams without an MLS connection. Charlotte, LA Blues, and Phoenix FC.

  • Historical footnote including Yallop and the Fire.

    Yallop drafted Chris Carrieri #1 in 2001, then traded him to Colorado Rapids during the season for former Fire player Junior Agogo.

  • What's going on with Sector Latino?

  • In reply to Roti2000:

    There should be a club statement on the issue some time this morning.

    I'm working on getting some details from both sides.

  • So...Benji Joya, huh? ...ok.

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