Here's a rundown of the goings on today as the 2015 season approaches. Assuming there is no work stoppage as a result of failed collective bargaining sessions the Fire will kick off for real in just a little over two weeks.
- The team trained at The Private Bank Fire Pitch over the last two days and will depart for Portland tomorrow to begin the final phase of preseason training. The next warm up match will take place on Sunday at 4:30 pm cdt against Bob Bradley and Stabaek.
- All three scheduled remaining preseason games will be streamed. Details have not been announced but the fact that Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan are traveling to Portland should give you an idea of who will be on the call.
- Shaun Maloney and David Accam are not with the team yet pending the completion of visa paperwork. Both are expected to join the team in Portland.
- Jeff Larentowicz was not present for training today as he has traveled to New York for ongoing CBA talks between the Player's Union and MLS. Larentowicz is a member of the executive board representing the players.
- Sean Johnson was given time off from training after spending most of preseason with the USMNT. Johnson will participate fully in Portland.
- Alou Diarra did not travel to Chicago. The veteran midfielder is weighing options in Europe before making a decision on where he will play this year. The Fire are interested in bringing him to Portland but they are also continuing to explore other options for improving the holding midfield position.
- Mike Magee has participated in training over the last two days and feels that his recovery is ahead of schedule but hasn't set a target date for a full return just yet.
Fire Confidential Live podcast
- The podcast will partner with the Last Word On Sports network this coming season. The show will air on Mondays at 8pm on Last Word Radio. You'll still be able to find it on iTunes, Stitcher, FirePodFC.com, and right here but Last Word will provide another avenue for the possibility of live programming. Stay tuned for more on that.
- The next podcast episode will feature a roundtable show that will include audience participation. The panel will include some of the main men covering MLS locally this year. Broadcast team Dan Kelly and Kevin Egan, the Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz, and MLSsoccer.com's Shane Murray are all scheduled to participate. We'll be recording at Johnny O'Hagan's (3374 N. Clark St. in Chicago) at 3pm on Sunday, March 1. Come on out and join us if you can but space is limited so get there early.