The Fire held a spirited practice today at the Toyota Park training field and here are a few quick notes from the training session… **Soumare transfer update:**
[As I wrote about the other day](http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-fire-confidential/2009/06/soumare-headed-to-france-unidentified-club-makes-a-bid.html), there are quite a few transfer rumors surrounding Fire center back Bakary Soumare. Baky and his agent (former Fire player Diego Gutierrez) are being very hush-hush about any possible transfer, but the mood around the Fire camp seems to indicate that (while nothing is close to finalized) Soumare will be leaving.
“There’s always going to be interest for players like Baky,” said Gutierrez. “He’s a young player who has established himself at the international level so there are always going to be inquiries…I think it’s too early to really see what’s real and what’s not but we’re certainly flattered by the attention.”
One clear suitor that Soumare has seems to be French club Olympique Marseille. Two ‘representatives’ from l’OM (or at least two guys decked out in Marseille apparel speaking French and waiting outside the locker room for Baky…) attended the Fire practice and seemed to be interested in the 23-year old defender.
**Reaction to Tuesday’s loss:**
As I’m sure most of you know, the Fire lost to the Wilmington Hammerheads of USL-2 on Tuesday night in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. I asked Head Coach Denis Hamlett about his thoughts on Tuesday’s loss and he had this to say:
“We’re disappointed with our result in the open cup,” said Hamlett. “We knew we had enough chances… that we should’ve won the game plain and simple. They had one chance and did well with it but at the end of the day with the amount of opportunities we had and to not score a goal is disappointing.”
**No Blanco or Prideaux:**
Both Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Brandon Prideaux missed Thursday’s training session. Denis Hamlett told me that Prideaux picked up a little hamstring problem and that ‘Temo was out with the flu. Not sure how these health issues affect the players’ availability for Saturday’s match against Colorado but hopefully both will be ready to go.
**Thorrington is back:**
Midfielder John Thorrington took part in full training today and looked 100% (or at least close to it). John should be ready to go on Saturday.