Fire pick up option on 9 players (including Johnson), decline 9 others

Sean Johnson is still a Fire player for now. This afternoon, the Fire announced that they have exercised contract options on nine players including the veteran goalkeeeper. The others include Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Campbell, Matt Lampson, Matt Polster, Brandon Vincent, and Homegrown Players Joey Calistri, Drew Conner, and Patrick Doody.

Nine players had their options declined. Sometimes captain Razvan Cocis, locals Eric Gehrig and Michael Stephens, Nick LaBrocca, Patrick McLain, Alex Morrell, Rodrigo Ramos, Luis Solignac, and Khaly Thiam all appear to be moving on although the Fire may be interested in renegotiating deals for the last three players.

The moves leave the current roster at 17 players under contract:

GK: Johnson, Lampson

DEF: Campbell, Kappelhof, Harrington, Vincent, Meira, Doody

MID: Alvarez, Accam, Goossens, Polster, Fernandez, Calistri, Conner

FWD: de Leeuw, Arshakyan

They'll need to protect eleven of those in the upcoming Expansion Draft, minus the Homegrowns.

Filed under: 2016 Post Season

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    Unless my math is wrong they'll only need to leave 2 players unprotected in the expansion draft. I'll be livid if it's anyone other than Harrington and Arshakyan.

  • In reply to Jimmy Garcia:

    Those would be my two as well.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Why Arshakyan? I thought we just acquired him?

  • In reply to Fire! Fire! Fire!:

    Yes

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So why him? Did he not perform well?

  • In reply to Fire! Fire! Fire!:

    He's not very good.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    No he sucks

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    But he is the Armenian Redwood with soft feet.

  • In reply to Fire! Fire! Fire!:

    Arshakyan is like Peter Crouch but he's not as tall and he can't robot dance. Other than that, he's got the same sort of gangly uncoordinated oafishness that made Crouch a favorite in England.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    HAY!! Wut's so funny 'bout peace, love and oafishness?!

  • GR is there any chance they'll renegotiate with any of the players whose options have been declined? I can't imagine that there are more than one or two they'd want to do that with since none of them seems to be a huge cap hit.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    There's always a chance of that.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    LaBrocca for captain 2017. Making the Fire great again. ;)

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    What are your thoughts on Ramos? Unless the transfer fee pre-agreed on is fairly hefty, do you think they should/should have kept him? I think from about the 2nd or 3rd game until the open cup loss, he was a bright spot on the team, especially considering his age. If he isnt back in 2017, they will more than likely try to cover the spot with a half-ass pickup from within the league, the outcome of which could look something like the Harrington pick up... I think this one is a mistake but I know you alluded to there perhaps being a falling out.

    I also think dropping Gehrig and Cosis is a little rough. Gehrig didnt see the field much but when he did, he was solid (should have been on the field instead of harrington any time harrington saw minutes) and he was also the defender of the year in 2015 (not much competition but still). His salary is also minimal, dont really see how they plan to get a better back up for less, the draft maaaybe... Cosis is no doubt old and slow but he somehow still put in many man of the match performances. I think for the right price both are decent bench options.

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Ramos showed some immaturity off the field but in the right environment could be a very good player.

  • FIRE OFFER SCHWEINSTIGER A 16.5 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    I don't know if you know but that is for 3 years. He is going to earn about 5.5 mil a year. In my opinion that is a lot but atleast this club is doing something. If he is going to get injured for most of the season, then yeah there is going to be a problem. We will most likely get him as a free agent so it's if like we were paying another fee so it sort of equals out

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    Yea I know 5.5 Million a year. Way to much for a 32 year old. To be honest I think that the Mangment got desperate for a world class player...

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    5.5 million a year is actally a lot less then what man u was paying. I believe man u are probably paying about 10 million euros to buy down his contract, which probably is why the fire can get him for 5.5 million instead of needin to pay more.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Yea but 10 M is small to Man U since their a big club. 5.5 is a lot for us since we are a lot lot smaller...

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Also good to pull in the many local German fans.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Yeah. That's also true...

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    Schweini could be the Mayor of Lincoln Square - always a free stein of bier slidin' down the bar to him!

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Also Gerard made 6mil a year with the Galaxy which is 18mil for 3 years as a 36 year old compared to Bastian which would make 5.5mil a year which is 16.5 mil for 3 years as a 32 year old

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Allegedly.

    I wouldn't treat any of this as fact, or make any changes to offseason plans (ie buying season tickets).

    Even if they DID offer that much (and that's a big if), it's only reasonable to consider it a lowball offer given the history of the club since 2007, and to remember that there are surely other offers on the table that may be more attractive - both outside of MLS, and inside MLS, in spite of the less-than-transparent Discovery process.

    Personally, I've been getting lots of emails about sales for Black Friday and the end of the season for merch, but I'm not spending a red cent until I see SIGNIFICANT signs of actual investment in the team on the field. I seriously doubt we will get Schweini, but even that won't be enough. We need more than that to have a decent team. We need a midfield creator, we need outside backs, and we need to replace midfielders who we haven't taken uptions on. We also need a USL team, a stronger Academy, better practice facilities, etc.

  • So if SS does become a part of the squad, two questions come to mind:
    1) does this mean the hunt for Number Nine falls by the wayside?
    2) is Andell going to commit similar money for a high-caliber forward (or is SS "the big signing" and they end up signing someone from the Slovenian 1st division at a bargain price?)

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    No someone from the Indian league(Goose played there)

  • Question marks over Schweinsteiger.
    http://m.goal.com/s/en-gb/news/2865/comment/2016/11/25/29882472/over-paid-and-underwhelming-good-riddance-to-bastian?ICID=HP_FT_3&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FleG8bNH5Wy

  • In reply to penapirata:

    What?!? Sounds like a perfect fit to me!

    j/k

  • If they actually have that much to spend on a player why not go after a younger player that isn't seeing much playing time? Like Cesc Fabregas?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    I don't know.

  • Does this team make the MLS playoffs in 2017?
    Johnson; Vincent, Campbell, Meira, Kappelhof; Schweinsteiger, Polster; Accam, de Leeuw, Alvarez; Arshakyan

  • In reply to go fire:

    no

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Can it even finish above Atlanta?

  • In reply to Doug:

    The team is just shaping up. Way too close to make predications. We will bring in a lot of new players so don't say that they will finish last and blah blah blah

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    How many new players is a lot?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    We will likely have bout 8-9 new players because their were 9 contracts declined. Maybe even more. That's a lot of new players for me...

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    I just don't share the optimism as I have absolutely no faith in N-Rod. He has 2 seasons in charge of professional teams and both have ended in last place finishes.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    N-Ros will likely sign more depth players but that's all I expect

  • In reply to Doug:

    You'd have to bet against it, certainly given the past three seasons - we've brought in lots of new players over that span, technical staff, etc. Or keep going back to 2007 as the club was slowly dismantled on its way to the recent all-time lows. Fish rot from the head, and everyone knows the problems with AH and his record of decrepitude.

    Arthur Blank on the other hand has money and ambition, the smarts to hire Boca, and apparently a lot of civic enthusiasm behind him. $2 hot dogs not necessary.

  • In reply to go fire:

    its still missing a consistent goal scorer. Someone you can expect to put 15 goals in the back of the net every season. Arshakyan is definitely not that person and I don't think he should even make the bench with what he showed last season.

    On defense, I'd like to see a new solid RB with Meira adding depth on the bench. He isn't bad, but I think Kappelhof is much better at center back with Campbell. We also need depth in that bench. A starting 11 doesn't make the playoffs on its own. You need people you can depend on when you have those 3 games in 8 days stretches or when your traveling a lot. If schweinsteiger would displace Cocis, I would have loved to have Cocis on the bench as a strong player who can come on off the bench to close out a game or start when Polster or Schweine need a rest.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Kappelhof has played better at RB than at CB. We can get a good RB or we can get a good CB. I expect them to get a RB instead of a CB.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Your right we need a Magee or a Rolfe who is a clinical striker

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Magee was good for one season, then spent more time complaining and looking at the ball then he did actually touching the ball. He can stay in LA for all I care. I do miss Rolfe, but unfortunately he wasn't putting up the numbers we need either. Maybe we can get by with 6 or 7 guys putting in 8 goals a year, but I don't think that will get us in to the playoffs. We need a Robbie Keane (but younger), Clint Dempsey (but younger) or a healthy Jozy Altidore. We need someone of that caliber that will be around for 5 years or more still. Especially if we do get Schweinsteiger. We need someone of high quality at the top for him to get the ball to.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Rolfe and Nyarko both jumped off a sinking ship and were wise to do so. "Getting a fresh start" in DC = recognizing that the Fire organization was dropping like a rock with little sign of change.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Up top I think the Fire should take a flyer on either Lucas Melano from Portland or Omer Damari from the NYRBs. Thoughts?

  • In reply to go fire:

    As bench strength?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    As starters. Melano and Damari were both stuck behind two pretty good strikers. They both have a little experience in the US now. I especially want Damari. Guy scored a bunch of goals on a few European teams. Plus he's at a nice age at 28.

  • In reply to go fire:

    Have to shoot for better than those two.

  • In reply to edubs:

    Yea that's true. A twenty five year old Clinical striker would be great. PLEASE NELSON GET A STRIKER WHO CAN FINISH

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    In reply to go fire:

    The above team probably could make the playoffs if they got another decent player instead of Arshakyan who really hasn't shown much so far.

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    Any word on the homegrown signings situation for next season?

  • In reply to Gavin Greenberg:

    Not yet.

  • Guys

    Even with the new German guy who has not signed the Fire are the weakest team in the league. To start with Our coach has years to go before he will be equal to the other coaches in the league. He should have been a assistant. Secondly the team has to get a scorrer. Accam and De llew are good but they need that ledero type guy. If you think that you are ever going to wrench one of those type of talents out of Europe you are nuts. The Fire have to go to south america for their big time young help. If I was NR and I am glad I am not I would think about signing Morales from the Whitecaps for way less than what he was earning and see what he could do . In addition I would trade everything I had for Oyongo from Montreal and fagundez from new England. They are both young and the type of players that Chicago would love. also when they fire Pauno please put in Petke from the Red bulls. how about another podcast with Kevin Whitfield?

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Pedro Morales signed with Vancouver on a multi-year deal in 2015. What do the Fire have to trade that could possibly land them Fagundez?
    Petke wasn't very popular with his players in NY, which is why he hasn't gotten a second look so far. Folks I've spoken to indicate he lost the locker room and technically wasn't very good as a head coach. Great with fans, though.
    We'll get Evan on again....we do need to get back to more podcasts.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I don't see how you are so high on Oyongo. Last night he was one of the worst players on the field.

  • I see that former Fire player Alex was named Player of the Year for Houston. Seeing as Houston was working hard for winning the wooden spoon from us this year, I can't say that his departure was wrong for the Fire, but I'm happy for him as he seemed a good guy. Houston also retained former Fire player Jalil Anibaba. Has anyone been watching Houston? How have these former Fire players looked over there? Does Houston's similarly poor record indicate that we're better off without them?

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Alex was a fairly consistent starter. I even had him on fantasy roster for a short spell. Past broad-stroke assessments, I couldn't really say.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Alex had a decent year for them, but he's not going to be a starter on a good team. Anibaba was a fill-in player for them who did alright.

  • Guillermo, what strikers would you shoot for?

  • If you're going to make a deal with Portland, Fenando Adi is a better fit....and player.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Is Adi happy in Portland?

  • In reply to go fire:

    Probably a lot happier than he would be here.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Who won't be less happier here?

  • In reply to go fire:

    there have been some rumblings that he is not

  • GR IS IT TRUE THAT THE FIRE ARE SET TO GET NIKOLIC

  • GR- just wondering if you could confirm that the Fire are not going to have a PDL team going forward from now on? I have heard rumblings from people that have kids in the academy and they are saying that N-Rod has chosen to not pursue a PDL team in 2017 and in the future.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    From what I understand, there will be no PDL team in 2017

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