Fire notebook - Yallop on job rumors, injuries, transfer window

While the Fire deny that any search for a new coach is taking place Frank Yallop continues to address the rumors admirably. Questions about the status of his employment were again a topic of conversation during his weekly conference call with reporters. “I’m just here doing my job. There’s always going to be rumors when you’re not doing well," said Yallop. "I don’t worry about it. My focus is on the team and that’s all I’ll say about it. Worrying about it and thinking about it all the time, that’s not good. Rumors are always going to go around."

Yallop alluded to the team's continually growing list of players that have missed time this season while keeping his sense of humor about the rumors. "I’m just going to get on with my job and make sure I do it as best I can. Maybe we need to get a doctor involved rather than a coach. We’ve had a lot of injuries and it’s been tough but we’re trying our best and I’m sticking with it and Andrew’s been fantastic with me."

He also reiterated that he hasn't discussed his job status or talked about the reports with owner Andrew Hauptman. "Not at all. We spoke just as normal about trying to get the team in the wining column in the league and any potential moves we’ve got. No. We’ve not discussed my individual position. No. Not at all."

Larentowicz out

Captain Jeff Larentowicz will miss the Seattle game and additional time after that. Just before the Houston match, the Fire announced that Larentowicz would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a herniated disc. He missed the USOC match against Charlotte with what was identified as a groin injury. “He’s always had the neck issue, along with the groin," explained Yallop. "He felt it in the DC game and managed it a little bit. He played in the Open Cup. It’s a disc issue. He’s seeing a specialist tomorrow (Tuesday). We’ll find out the extent of how long he’s out. I’m not sure the signs are great."

The Fire are hopeful that the prognosis is good and Larentowicz will resume training soon but the actual timetable for a return hasn't been established yet. "Right now it’s up in the air what time he’s going to back. Tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday we’ll know what the situation is with the neck," said Yallop.

The loss of Larentowicz coupled with possibly losing Adailton for the next match means the Fire's depth at centerback will be tested. Adailton suffered a groin injury of his own late in the Houston match and that could thrust newly acquired Ty Harden into a starting role. "We seem to pick up a lot of injuries, which is obviously tough, but I expect that Ty, who’s not played for a little bit because he had a little bit of a hamstring at San Jose (will start). He hasn’t been in full training yet. He’s done a lot of running and he’ll be ready to go on the weekend I’m sure."

Nyarko impresses

The good news on the injury front is that both Patrick Nyarko and Mike Magee are back and contributing already. Nyarko may not be 90 minutes fit just quite yet but he's working his way into it. “Patrick’s played 45 minutes and played 20 minutes in the Cup three days before the game. Each game he’s building up his minutes. I’ve got to decide how he looks and how he trains this week to see if we can get a start out of him. I’m very happy for Patrick. He looked good in the game when he played. He’s got a good ability and we’ve misses him. We’ll see for the start," said Yallop.

Should Nyarko be ready to start that could move Harry Shipp into a more central role in Shaun Maloney's absence.

While Yallop is hoping that Nyarko is ready to start some Saturday it also seems that Magee is ready to step in now.

Transfer window talk

The league's secondary window opens on July 8 and the Fire are looking to be active. MLS shared the details of the rumored "core player" rule with team executives last Wednesday but have yet to make those changes public. The Fire will have room to add a player and the injury situation at centerback may determine in which direction they go for top targets. “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now," said Yallop. "Sometimes your focus changes with a couple of injuries. If Jeff is struggling, we’re going to maybe look at that. and if Adi was out for a while. We’re looking to strengthen for sure."

He added that no deals were imminent but sometimes agreements come together within a matter of days. "We’re trying our best to nail it down. We’re hoping Jeff gets through his (test) tomorrow and then we can re-focus on what we’re trying to do."

Cocis/do Prado

Yallop was asked about the roles of Razvan Cocis and Guly do Prado in the side. The latter wore the captain's armband against Houston in Larentowicz's absence. Yallop noted Cocis' recent play as the main reason for the honor. I think Razvan’s been very good this season, he said. "He’s in the middle of the field so he can influence and talk to the referee a little bit if he needs to. I think he deserved to have the armband in this game. I think he’s been doing well. There’s no hidden meaning behind it."

Guly do Prado hasn't produced a goal or many actual chances but Yallop didn't have an issue with his play in the second half against Houston. "I thought Guly had one of his better games for us. He is that type of roaming player that tries to get on the ball a lot. I thought he did well late in the game when he went up high and Mike was underneath. He’s getting used to teammates and the league. I just want him to be goal-dangerous. Be dangerous around the goal, which is your job as a second striker or a striker. We don’t need to be keeping it in our own half. We need to be up around the edge of the goal and I thought he did that best in the second half, with the move that I made."

Offside on a CK?

The Houston match ended in bizarre fashion with what appeared to be an offside call on a corner kick. FIFA rules eliminate that possibility during corner kicks and throw-ins, so what exactly Fotis Bazakos and crew were thinking is a bit of a mystery.

“I don’t know (what the reason for the call was). What we were trying to do is pull someone out and Harry was going to serve it. We just talked about it and we wanted to get it in the box. We were going to play a short one and take a touch and serve it. It was probably the last kick of the game because the time was up. That was the plan but he called him offside as he played it to him. I didn’t know you could be offside from a corner, to be honest."

"I was dumbfounded. Weird one. I’ve never seen that to be honest."

Looking ahead

Yallop is looking for a better offensive performance than the last league game at Toyota Park against DC United. The Fire failed to generate many chances but the hope is the insertion of Magee, Nyarko, and possibly Accam will change that. “I just want to have a more forceful game than we did against DC. I don’t think we were dangerous enough in that match," he said.

"I thought we did a pretty good job of getting that point on the road (in Houston). Another day we could have maybe nicked it but they had some chances. They had a good side out there that is very dangerous and very hard to contain.  I though we defended very well against that unit."

The defensive effort t will be important against a Seattle side missing Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins, and Marco Pappa. The mindset won't be any different from the coach's perspective however. Yallop said one point against Houston wasn't necessarily the goal. "We’ve tried every game to try and win. I’ve never gone out to just get a tie. Everything we’ve planned is to get a win, maybe it doesn’t always look that way but we’re trying to."

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  • Guys each year I buy tickets with the hope that some of my soccer playing customers will want the tickets. Unfortunately nobody wants to go see bad soccer. I am going to try to give them to the Salvation Army. Maybe a bunch of recovering alcoholics will want to go.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Please don't as they'll very likely fall off the wagon.

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    In reply to Brokerman:

    Bad idea, it would cause them to go into relapse.

  • I can't understand for the life of me that Yallop thinks that Guly has been pretty good.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Well who knows, considering the vagaries of English semantics, what Frank means exactly with that comment.

    But I have to say I keep finding myself thinking Guly's better than he appears. I can't explain it. I keep blinking and wondering if I'm losing my mind. But the suspicion just keeps bubbling back up. His style of play is unlike anyone I've ever watched before. The only time I really get upset with him is when Kennedy is left all alone up top trying to take on a defense without any support because Guly was roaming so far back he couldn't lope back into position in time. Of course, there are invariably a few others who could have also come forward but didn't.

    Anyway, I know you'll all think I'm nuts for saying this, and I'm left wondering myself, but I just keep getting this strange feeling there's something good going on there that I don't quite understand.

  • After a day to digest all the Yallop news and commentary, I'm for keeping Yallop around this year. As far as our performance this season, I would like to have seen how we'd have done if we didn't have as many injuries as we've had (and consequently had more continuity to our lineup.) So, I'd let him ride out the season (and even go through next year.)

    I personally think that Andy had no idea what he was walking into when he bought the team he's taken a long time (a long time) to figure things out (like for example, that Javier Leon was not the best choice for DP scouting/contracts,) and the Yallop/Bliss team, from my viewpoint, the step he made to turn the corner, which I think he has. As in investor, I don't think that AH would sell the team on a downtick. He'd have to be desperate and willing to take a hit on his asking price. If he can manage to turn the tides and the team starts doing better for at least a season or so, he'll cash out. I think the Bliss/Yallop team is a key component of that gamble.

    What a ride.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    (My apologies on the horrible, horrible grammar.) =)

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I also think that Bliss/Yallop identify talent better then the previous regime, but Im not completely sold that Yallop is the right man for the sidelines. But firing him at this point does not help the team, Let him ride through at least through the year, if not the life of his contract.

    Only thing I disagree is that Andrew could sell the team for a profit. Columbus was purchased for 68 million and Im sure the fire would sell for a good amount above that.

  • In reply to KChance:

    in NOV of 2013 Chicago was valued at 102m by forbes

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2013/11/20/major-league-soccers-most-valuable-teams/

  • In reply to KChance:

    All right. Let's start a GoFundMe page. I'm in for a twenty.

  • In reply to Doug:

    I've heard recent figures that put the team at around $120 million now.

  • In reply to KChance:

    The only thing I believe I would be in support of regarding a sideline change would be to move Yallop to the FO with Bliss for talent acquisition, and give Bercham the reins on the sideline.

    Short of that, making a coaching change would be a huge mistake IMO.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Yea at this point organization needs some stability. I think we can all see the talent level is higher, just need to put it together some how some way.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Why would it be a mistake to get him out of the club and look for a replacement in the off season? If/When this season continues like this, he can't possibly be the manager week 1 next season.

  • Fire have confirmed that Jeff Larentowicz has a herniated disc in his neck. Will miss at least the next few weeks. Could miss the rest of the season if surgery is needed.

  • It looks like there are not a lot of people that want Yallop out, which is strange to me. He hasnt done anything right on the field in a year and a half. He has won 10/50 games as our manager in this league. Klopas won 14/34 in one season and people couldnt wait until Klopas was out. Now Yallop gets 51 points from 50 games and he should be given more time because the club needs stability. Not Yallop stability. People ask "when will this merry-go-round of coaches end?" When we hire a manager that can win more than 1 every 5 games. As long as Yallop is our manager and our back line has Gehrig, Big Red, and Adailton in it, we will be at the bottom of this league.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I agree with you. To further the point, if the talent is on the roster but due to the coaching the talent is not being utilized and prepared correctly, then it seems to me that a coaching change is necessary. I truly believe that letting the situation remain as is is more detrimental than making a change mid-season. Philadelphia made a change last year mid-season and it improved the club. The Fire should not hesitate to pull the trigger.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I think the point is that you hire a new coach on Monday, that is another 2 years at least of massive amounts of team turnover for the new coach to get the players he wants on the squad. Then once he gets all of his players in the team, he needs to get them on the same page with formation and tactics. Thus having a 1-3 year window of transition. With the fan base turning on the club and ownership, Im not sure the club could afford to start another transition period at the moment.

    This time its different because most of us see the talent on the team. This years team should be able to make the playoffs, but they are failing to execute. Giving Yallop more time to right the ship is a by product of him bringing in a higher level of talent, where as in previous years the low end talent matched the output of the club.

    Fire leadership's best play and only hope is that Yallop gets the team healthy and executing tactics by the end of the year so that they can add more important pieces going forward IMO.

  • In reply to KChance:

    If the talent is here, like you say, then the new manager wont need to find many pieces for his team. But that is not really the case here. We need a RB, 2 CB's, a back up LB, another wide player, and a striker. The talent is there, for the most part, in the attack. The defense is very terrible, just like last season. Yallop has decided to use all of the cap space on attacking players and done nothing for the defense. As long as Yallop is the manager, nothing will change.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So with us down to possibly 5 defenders for the rest of the season, Yallop goes out looking for attackers. He should definitely remain in charge.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Defender also on the shopping list.
    He's probably not shopping in the same stores that the Galaxy are pushing their carts in though.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Well said. Bruce Arena doesn't go shopping with a handful of coupons either.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    If we make the playoffs in 2015, I'll eat half a raw durian on the day of the game. If we make it to the conference semi-finals, I'll eat the other half.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    I had to look up what a durian is.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    The smell is way worse than the taste. Don't think you're going to get the chance to try it this year though.

  • I know it doesn't matter much but what is the status on Maloney's injury? Is it the 2-3 weeks they were projecting or is it more like 4 to 6 weeks like the norm for bulging disks?

    No thanks to a striker that scores a goal every 5 games. That is exactly what we need a striker from the dollar menu.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Maloney will probably miss another couple of weeks.

  • Nyarko and Magee need to start. Big Red's injury may be an opportunity for Palmer to show he can play at a consistent level. Will Accam be ready for Saturday? I would like to see Accam, Magee and Nyarko up front with Cocis and Shipp behind.

  • Here's the official release on the new mechanism that will allow the Galaxy to land Dos Santos.

    http://pressbox.mlssoccer.com/content/mls-announces-additional-investment-club-rosters

    They're going with "Targeted Allocation Money" instead of "core player" to further confuse everyone. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Annoying, confusing, non-transparent league that adds rules mid-season as they wish.

    Crap Fire organization run by an absentee owner, once proud, now a perrenial loser.

    I'd estimate my interest at about 30% of what it used to be...if that. Thanks to both for ruining MLS soccer for me.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    What are the chances Andy uses this money for his own benefit and not to improve the product on the field?

  • I think that with all the injuries and only absences, Yallop can not yet be properly judged for this season.

    The key to success is hiring good people and then standing aside and letting them do their job. And, giving them sufficient time to build a winner. I believe Hauptman to his credit is doing just that. He is running the team exactly as he should. The worst thing he could do would be to engage in a knee-jerk dismissal to satisfy restless, inpatient, and short-sighted fans.

    If the Fire are still at the bottom of the table at the end of the season, then Yallop's status should rightly be revisited, but if he has not lost the team, I would bring him back for year 3. You have to see the plan through.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    I actually have to disagree with you on the fact that Yallop can not be judged properly for this season. Every team has injuries and every team is going to be missing players from time to time due to international absences. Its how those teams respond to those absences is how the GMs/TDs should be judged. Yallop should be judged on how well he built this team from roster spot #1 to roster spot #26. Look at Seattle, multiple times they have missed key players but they are still top of the western conference. Look at LA, Keane has played in 11 of LA's 21 games but yet they have other players come in off the bench to fill the goal scoring role. It seems as though TFC is missing a different player every week but yet they have figured out how to win 3 more games than the Fire in the same amount of games. Injuries are a part of the game its how well the team is prepared with their roster to overcome those injuries is how they should be judged. So far this season has shown that Yallop has not built a very deep roster, imo.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I do not think Yallop can be faulted for failing to create a roster with the depth of Seattle or LA in just a year and a half.

    As a result, the Fire are hit much harder by absences than those teams are.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    Doesn't matter.

    Yallop failed to get points in games that he had guaranteed points in the bag.

    It was clear from the first 5-6 games of the season that the Fire were not a great, but a decent team (regardless of coach) that could probably make the playoffs.

    Since then (including games in which I'd consider them at "full strength') they've dropped point in games that a well-coached team would not have dropped.

    In games that he had depleted teams, his "coaching judgement" still told him to start teams that, I personally, don't think had any chance to succeed. I'm not a coach, but to me Yallop, tactically, looks like a dunce. I don't think he's a good coach, and he certainly has never impressed me which his tactics. And he has a god awful record.

    I can't see that changing.

    I can't see the Fire making the playoffs/winning the open cup this year.

    I can't see the Fire improving much this year.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    I disagree.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    Why does Yallop get a two year free pass? Going into this season, we have ONE true centerback on the roster. Yallop was depending on Adailton (32 yrs old) and Larentowicz (turning 32 in a month) to last the entire season. Crazy to think that they might get hurt at some point... I was skeptical of the defense from the first week of preseason. They were NEVER going to be good enough to win many games in a season. That was 100% Yallop's fault. This team only has 4 members left from Klopas and they are 4 of our best players (Nyarko, Magee, Johnson, Big Red). In the year and a half that he has been our manager, only 2 teams have less points than we have. Yallop has done nothing to deserve to still be the manager of this team. He can't possibly lead us out next season, so why should he continue to lead us out now?

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    It takes longer to climb out of a really big hole. A year and a half ago the Fire were in a REALLY BIG HOLE.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Missing the playoffs on goal differential is not my definition of a "REALLY BIG HOLE."

    But to use your logic, Frank Yallop has tried to dig deeper and deeper just to see how deep he can make this hole. Winning 10/50 games is not very good. Scoring 51/150 available points is not very good.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    He does not get a free pass. It takes time to build an organization into a winner.

  • Guys. I own a company if an employee is the worst rated salesman in the group of 20 salesman I have to get ride of him for the overall good of the team. If I just let him slide I am doing a huge mis judgement to the company and the many clients that he is suppose to be servicing..
    As of yesterday the fire were dead last in just about every category in the league. Based on his performance he would have a meeting with me and shown the door.
    On a replacement I would choose the best college coach in the country and hire him. I go to college games in the fall and there are some really good teams

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    If the "business" is increasing in value, why would you care that your "salesman" sucked?

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    That's a sarcastic question...right?

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Well, no. I mean, I think labeling Yallop a "salesman" confuses the point slightly but the question remains: if you were making ridiculous money (say quadrupling your initial investment) would you care if your employees were bumbling fools?

    The point is AH's assets are increasing despite the team on the field sucking. Taking this from strictly a capitalist business aspect, that is success. Why change from a successful business model, even if your employees are idiots? What is the ROI for creating a successful team?

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    If you could fire said salesmen and hire a new, more successful one you'd increase your return. All else being equal if the team does better, it makes more money. Given Hauptman is a businessman, I'm sure he's looking at all avenues to make the team better and make more money. It's just that he's not very good at the first part of the equation...and the second part is just a rising tide lifting his boat.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    I have not heard any replacements mentioned that impress me.

    People have mentioned a bunch of unproven names.

    Mike Petke is probably the strongest candidate to be mentioned, but even he has only won one trophy (Yallop has three).

    Come up with a name that is really impressive, and I will listen.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    This is correct. There is probably no coach that can save this season.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    We all tread on thin ice when we assume to know personal motivations that we are not privy to.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    The prime motivation of a business is to increase capital. This is not an assumption.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    What better way to increase capital than by winning?

    Plus, many sports owners do not view their team as solely an investment.

  • Whether Yallop stays or goes, the Fire will not be good enough to make the playoffs this year. If he goes, they might at least look like a team that could make the playoffs and will be more fun to watch. If he stays, players will be playing out of position, tactics will be pathetic, points will be lost 100% due to coaching errors. Who wants to watch the latter when the former is possible just by letting him go?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    This.

    I just can't imagine Yallop being successful, at this point, unless we imported the entire Bayern lineup and told them to coach themselves while Yallop takes a nap.

    I have a suspicion this team doesn't look great no matter who is the coach, at least for a bit, but by now the team (even when severely depleted) should be improving and they are, if anything, regressing.

    I think the playoffs are already gone and USOC is very unlikely, but as I said before, I'd personally give Yallop til the next USOC game. If he can close the gap to playoffs to within a few points and wins the USOC game, he keeps his job for now. If not, cut him loose and promote someone within the team to ride the season out.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    How do you know that your coaching decisions would have worked better?

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    How many times has Yallop made a sub and 5 or 6 players move to a new position? How many times has Yallop made a sub and you sit there so confused because it literally makes no sense?

  • The Fire are 3-2-2 this season when Accam, Maloney, and Igboananike are all available.

    One of those losses was in San Jose, where Accam only played the second half.

    Do with that what you will.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    And one of the draws was that one against NYCFC which was a horrible case of mismanagement by Yallop.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Also had opportunities to score about 5 goals in that game. Should have been a win.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Dempsey has missed 7 games. Martins has missed 8 games. Osvaldo Alonso has missed 8 games. Seattle 32 points

    Keane has missed 10 games. Omar has missed 2 games and Gerrard hasnt played yet. LAG 31 points.

    Jozy has played 12 games. Bradley has played 13. Toronto 23 points.

    Rivas has played in 15, only starting in 4. Rochez has missed 12 games. Shea has missed 4 games. Orlando 24 points.

    Saborio has missed 5 games. Plata has missed 11 games. Beckerman has missed 2 games. RSL 23 points.

    Valeri has missed 11 games. Will Johnson has missed 14 games. Portland 31 points.

    Innocent has missed 10 games. SJ 25 points.

    Diaz has missed 4 games. Castillo has missed 2. Dallas 29 points.

    Accam has missed 7 games. Maloney has missed 6 games. Iggy has missed 1 games. The Fire 15 points.

    A lot of teams miss their best players for a lot of games. They still get results. We do not. Alan Gordon has played in 20 games for LA. Chad Barrett has played in the same amount of games as Martins in Seattle.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Most of those teams are not in the middle of a rebuilding project.

    Apples and oranges.

  • In reply to Charles Jogues:

    San Jose has had 3 managers since Yallop left. They also have a new manager this season.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    And where has that gotten San Jose? 0 playoff appearances since then, and probably wont make the playoffs this year either...

    Seattle, LA, and a lot of those teams have some depth, which is why they can replace some of their star players and still do okay. Take LA for example. They have Zardes, Llegett, Rogers, etc. that you could add to that list, even Bradford Jaimeson. Those teams do better because of their depth (and successful academy players). Building depth in MLS is difficult and takes years and years. You have to look beyond the coach to realize why teams are being successful. And yes yallop brought in all these players this year, well he's trying to create depth and that doesn't happen in one year because some players don't work out. Teams all over the world have players that don't work out. There are also other factors including continuity that come into place as well when dealing with issues like this but I don't feel like explaining all that.

    Also, I'm a little confused as to how you put together your list. I think it's supposed to be the team's best players, but then why did you put Iggy, Rivas, and Rochez on there. (Magee and Cyle Larin would have made more sense) But if you were going by DP's then Will Johnson shouldn't have been on there. I don't know if you were capping each team at three players but the fire's list could also have included Magee, Nyarko, Jones, even Sean Johnson. No other team has had that many important players miss games this year.

    Injuries are unfortunate and the fire have dealt with them a whole lot more than any other team as far as I'm concerned. It's unfortunate, and games are lost as a result. Yes, Yallop does make questionable decisions during games, but would we even be talking about Yallop's job if we had a full healthy team for most of the year? My guess would be no because believe it or not I think we do have a pretty good team when all of our important players are healthy and the fact is that hasn't happened yet. It might happen in a few weeks and hopefully we can go on a run.

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    Sean Johnson missed games because of Yallop. Will Johnson is the captain of Portland. Sean Maloney is missing games now because of Yallop. He should have never been brought into that U.S. Open cup match. If he didn't put out such a terrible lineup of all of our worst players, he wouldn't have needed to play. No team, in MLS, will have a fully healthy and available roster all year.

    This is a rebuilding process. Good teams tend to rebuild from the back and then move forward. It's hard to win any games with a terrible defense. Yallop chose to do it the other way which has cause us to simple be terrible with him in charge. Yallop chose to not bring in depth in defense this off season. Which leaves us with 3/4 defenders playing out of position. Jones is a winger and has played there is whole career before joining us. Gehrig is a center back that can play right back if he has to. Larentowicz is a cm playing cb. That is not a good combination that has seen us drop many points both this season and last. He could use the excuse last year that he needed to bring in his players before you could judge him. Now he has all of his players and should be judged. The performances have been terrible. We can't score goals and we concede way too often. He has traded away good players that gave us depth from the Klopas era (Berry, Rolfe, Anibaba, Duka) and lost every one of those trades. The only good things to come from all of Yallop's moves are Jones, Accam, Polster, and I guess he can also be credited with Shipp. This team will continue to struggle with him in charge. That was apparent last season and nothing has changed this season.

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    I agree, the number of games Magee and Nyarko have missed is significant and should have been included in that list. Combined, that's almost an additional 30 games missed...

  • In reply to jimmyblackcloud:

    Will Johnson and Brek Shea were the only non dp players on that list. That list was to show how many of the teams have been without their DP players for a lot of games yet they are doing better than us. I understand that Magee and Nyarko are very good players for us. Yallop, knowing they were going to be out for awhile in the off season, went out and signed DPs in both of those positions.

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    You said it well.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    What's Seattle's record with both Dempsey and Martins missing?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Well they just beat DC United without Evans, Dempsey, Pappa, and Martins last weekend. The same DC United that beat us twice with their b team this season.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    And lost three games in a row before that while being out scored 7-1.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Exactly.

    If I recall correctly, LA had some real stinkers when Keane was out as well.

  • The Fire does not win unless the other team is playing short handed, so all they need to do is get a player sent off every match and they should be golden.

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Can't that be accredited to Accam actually playing?

  • In reply to DerSting:

    Accam has scored 4 goals, had 4 players sent off and has been awarded 4 penalties, according to an article on the Fire and MLS website. He's started eight games. It's clear that he's become critical for the team, regardless of how he's doing it. Assuming that he stays healthy and aggressive, I think he's likely to continue troubling opposition defenses with his pace and skill. If that means opposing defenders get sent off and we can take advantage of it, so be it.

    And we haven't seen Accam and Magee on the field together, either.

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