The secondary transfer window opened yesterday but Veljko Paunovic steered away from speculation during his weekly media conference call. The Fire head coach, as he has done all season, deferred questions about the additions and player moves to General Manager Nelson Rodriguez. Without naming names, he did however suggest that the team is looking at options within MLS.
Here's the rundown:
Paunovic on the transfer window
"There are some interesting players around the league, but right now we are focused on our team and our players to take advantage of every single training and week in order to prepare them well and improve our team from the point of training and performance. We are focused on that. As Nelson always said, (whether) we do something or we will not, when that happens we will address that. Right now, we are just focused on our team."
"If there is anything to share and at the point when that comes, Nelson will do that. Right now, we don't have anything."
On the squad approaching full health
"We have everyone full-go. We every single player training today. (Matt) Polster is recovered. He's cleared. Collin Fernandez, Arturo (Alvarez), everyone is back so the only player that is left in the last phase of recovery is Patrick Doody. He should be ready this week full-go too. We're very happy and we really appreciate that we can have all of our players healthy."
On Michael de Leeuw's role at Toronto this Saturday
"Michael is in his last week of preseason, let's say, in preparation for the competition. He's doing very well. He will be for sure in the roster for the next game, and we'll see how many minutes we are going to manage his load for this game."
On how de Leeuw will fit in tactically
"We are working on that. It's good for us to have options and for sure, we will use all of our resources offensively in order to improve our performance in attack."
On facing TFC with key players missing and the Fire's road winless streak
"We are focused only on our team. We are focused on our players. We want to be the best we can be for that game. We want to win that game. Every game is another opportunity now on the road again. It's another opportunity to break down that negative record that we had in the last couple of years. We will focus on our team. We will do our best and we will prepare the next game to be successful for us."