Frank Yallop didn’t indicate that more player personnel changes are on the immediate horizon in his weekly conference call with reporters but did file notice that Designated Players aren’t going to be immune to relocation if necessary. After Sunday’s loss in San Jose, Yallop had this to say about finally having all three DP’s on the field:
“You can’t click your fingers and it’s going to happen. You’re going to have some bad results, you’re going to come up against some adversity. Hopefully this is our spell to get over them early and get our team going and get our team moving. I’m pleased with who we’ve added. Some guys work out, some don’t. We’ll figure that out in June. We’re no different, I thought JJ, did well, Adailton did well, Shaun Maloney did well, David it was his first look. I thought he looked dangerous but I was pleased with everything other than the result.”
The obvious exclusion to those mentions is forward Kennedy Igboananike, who has failed to beat out Quincy Amarikwa for a starting spot. Yallop provided some additional depth to Sunday's comments by addressing some of the issues with the new acquisitons this season.
"Obviously we want everyone to work out that we bring in. It’s not a slight on the guy that we did (bring in)" he said today. "If it’s not going to quite work out and you've got to make changes then you do it. In our league there’s about a fifty percent success rate for everybody. I’m hoping that we have one hundred percent. I said that a few weeks ago but usually there’s some guys that don’t quite (work out) or take a while to get going, which is always a big thing for us."
Yallop commented on David Accam's absence, which will now be extended after receiving a call from Ghana to join them for upcoming friendlies after being left off the initial roster, and Igboananike specifically. "It’s a shame that David gets off again and that’s all he’s had so far. I think we saw enough bright spots that he could be dangerous and good but obviously he’s got to integrate himself. I thought Adailton and JJ (Joevin Jones) have done fine. Kennedy is still feeling his way but not really as well as I think he can," he said.
The Fire were notified last night that Accam would be leaving for Ghanaian camp today and Yallop certainly wasn't thrilled with the prospect of losing a very important piece of the puzzle for another game. “He’s played half a game for us and been injured if not all the time, pretty much all of the time (he’s been with team) so it’s disappointing but it’s the rules and you can’t do anything about it. You’ve just got to swallow it and move on. He’s not going to be here. Get ready for this game to get a result at home and expect him back for the following game against Toronto when he gets back. I’ve been through this as a player and a coach of a national team and there’s no easy solution. Players are half injured and sort of semi-fit but they’ve got to go in. It’s the rules, that’s why they made the rules and we’ve got to abide by them," he said.
If Igboananike, or any other players for that matter fail to pass muster Yallop did open the door for the possibility of even more changes during the summer transfer window. "You usually know after a few months if it’s going to really work out or if you have to maybe look at other options. I want them all to work out. They’re going to get a chance but we do have options coming up that every team looks at anyway. Most teams make a little bit of a move, unless they’re flying, in the next window."
"We’ve got two guys coming back that are important to us as well with Mike (Magee) and Patrick (Nyarko). Hopefully they get healthy soon and that will help us out," said Yallop. Magee has been jogging for several weeks now and has begun some side work while Nyarko started jogging last week and could be available for selection by the end of May if there are no setbacks. Magee could return even sooner.
In the meantime, he knows that positive results need to happen soon in order to avoid the pitfalls of recent seasons past. "It’s only three games in but you have two home games against conference opponents (coming up) so we've got to obviously start winning soon," said Yallop.
- Yallop wasn't totally down on the team despite the 0-3 start citing some improvement in play in each match. "Result wise not good. Performance wise not bad," he said of the San Jose game. "In the second half I thought we played well. We had a chance to equalize and didn’t. That’s football. You’ve got to keep going and you’ve got to keep believing that you can get the result."
- There is no new update yet on midfielder Victor Perez yet. “(Brian Bliss) is checking into it today from the lawyers and see where we’re at,” said Yallop.
- The Fire announced that they have officially signed draft pick Kingsley Bryce to a contract. There are currently 26 signed players on the roster.