Fire news, notes, and injury update

The Fire convened for their first training session since Saturday's 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution. Their sixth consecutive draw equals the MLS record set by Colorado for most consecutive ties in the regular season. Despite the draws, Frank Yallop said morale among the players is good and he is happy with their play over the last few weeks. "I think the team's playing well," Yallop said after training on Wednesday. "We had 10 men in the last 15 minutes. They (NE) had a chance, but we were pushing to try to win that match, and I like that mentality from the group. They're training well, they're hungry, and I think once we get that first win going, we'll be ok."


  • With Quincy Amarikwa's suspension next weekend, which will not be appealed by the club, Yallop is looking at what his options are at the striker position. He cited Juan Luis Anangono as a "straight replacement" for Amarikwa, however didn't count out other options.
  • A few of those options might include bringing homegrown players Harrison Shipp or Victor Pineda into the middle, as well as Benji Joya, depending on what kind of formation Yallop employs against RSL. "We don't have to play with a big target man," said Yallop. "They've all got their chance to play in the middle, or as a second forward."
  • Injury Updates: Gonzalo Segares participated in full training for the first time today, and is expected to play in Friday's reserve match in Charlotte. He has a lingering bone bruise, but indicated that he will play through it and is working on getting back to full fitness. Dilly Duka is "unfit" according to Yallop, and doesn't currently have a timeline for return. Alex is doubtful for the game against RSL.
  • Grant Ward is running again, and will continue to get his fitness back and recover from his foot injury in England. According to Yallop, he will return to Chicago once he can begin training again. "Once he gets over here, he'll be pretty close to playing. He showed great promise in preseason, and I'm excited to get him back in the squad, so hopefully he's the same player we saw back then, which I'm sure he will be."
  • The now infamous missed penalty kick by Juan Luis Anangono has been discussed within the team. Yallop said no one is placing blame, but that they discussed it and will determine before the game who the penalty kick taker will be.
  • Friday's reserve match against Charlotte will feature a mixture of veterans and young players. Patrick Ianni will likely see a full match alongside both Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Bakary Soumare, who will each play 45 minutes. Steven Kinney and Gonzalo Segares will also see minutes, as well as Quincy Amarikwa who will play due to his suspension the following week. Benji Joya and Victor Pineda, who are both currently away on US under-21 duty, will be back and available for the match as well.

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  • Why play starters in a reserve match when they could get hurt? They've got enough kids for those games. Doesn't make sense to me compared to other professional sports. It's like they really devalue these players.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Getting starters a run out to maintain sharpness during bye weeks is not uncommon. They've got days off over the next two weeks as well. Players would rather play a game than train any day of the week. The chances of injury always exists but guys can get hurt just as easily in training.

    In short, they'd rather have some of the starters get live game minutes in lieu of just training for what amounts to two weeks between games.

  • Juan Luis Anangono as a "straight replacement" for Amarikwa? Please consider the other options!!

  • In reply to ultimateernie:

    I'm not a fan of the Anangono vs Real Salt Lake match up either.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    His answer didn't seem to imply he was going to go that route. I think Yallop is being professional about it and was giving what would seem like the obvious choice given his DP status. Personally, after talking to Frank today I don't think for a second he's going to start JLA up top next weekend.

  • MLS mid week action tonight. New York should be able to handle Houston at home.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    4-0? You got that one right. Shoulda made it a prediction to help that average!

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Oh, I'm counting it!

  • "...first training session since Saturday..."
    I think I see part of the problem here. Why is their first practice after six consecutive ties four days later? They really don't need the extra practice? Is there an MLS coach that we can find that's not satisfied with mediocrity?

  • In reply to manyou07:

    I think it had to do with having a reserve match, and also it being a holiday weekend. Sunday would've been a training day under normal circumstances, and Monday is typically their off day, which would've had them back at training on Tuesday instead, and only one day off inbetween. The holiday weekend/reserve match threw everything off.

  • First and second round match ups of the USOC tournament announced....

    MLS clubs enter in the fourth round (June 10 -18) or during the World Cup break.

  • Too bad Joya isn't good enough to break into this stellar Fire line-up!

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