Archive for January 2013

Fire add local midfielder King

The Fire added some depth to what is probably their thinnest position today by signing PDL alum Brendan King to the roster. The 22 year old outside midfielder was a second round Superdraft selection of the Portland Timbers in 2012 but played abroad last season. He made seven appearances for Norwegian Division One side Alta... Read more »

Fire interested in Crew's Duka

It was a hot rumor a few weeks ago on Superdraft day and a little more fuel was thrown on the fire (bad pun inserted) today when Frank Klopas confirmed that the club is still interested in disgruntled Columbus midfielder Dilly Duka. “There was talks with them during the draft. I think they’re looking to... Read more »

Fire open preseason with 2-0 win

The Fire kicked off the 2013 preseason schedule with a 2-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast University. Goals from Dominic Oduro and Daniel Paladini in the second of three thirty minute periods were enough to secure the win. Frank Klopas used three different line-ups over the course of the game and got a look at... Read more »

Fernandez loan finalized

After a couple of weeks filled with speculation and photo opportunities in Qatar, the Alvaro Fernandez loan deal to Al-Rayyan has been finalized. In the press release Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon cited Fernandez’ desire to improve his standing in the Uruguayan National Team picture as a big factor in the move. “Flaco was... Read more »

MLS partners with USL Pro and Fire notes

Major League Soccer and USL Pro made their partnership official today. The leagues will venture into a combined effort designed to improve player development through a major revision of MLS’ Reserve League model. Under the new multi-year agreement MLS Reserve teams will no longer have just ten matches between each other over the course of... Read more »

Fire international spots open up

Last week Frank Klopas alluded to not having a problem with international spots this season despite trading away two slots in the last two weeks and now we know why the coach wasn’t concerned. The Fire announced today that defender Arne Friedrich has received his green card and will no longer occupy one of the... Read more »

Pavel Pardo retires

Pavel Pardo has retired from soccer after a 19 year career that included 148 appearances for the Mexican National Team. The official announcement came this afternoon but Pardo told’s Ocscar Guzman (also the Fire’s spanish radio play by play announcer) last night that he was calling it a career. Pardo was offered a position... Read more »

Pardo mulls retirement & draft day notes

The Fire made their only selection in the first two rounds of this year’s Superdraft but that wasn’t the most interesting news to come out of the annual event. Frank Klopas informed media after the conclusion of the draft that Pavel Pardo is contemplating retirement and may not return to the club as a player this... Read more »

Fire wheeling and dealing - trade for Larentowicz

The Fire continued to add to the roster today with the acquisition of midfielder Jeff Larentowicz from Colorado in exchange for the 11th overall pick and MLS funny money (allocation cash). In addition to Larentowicz the Fire also received the 30th overall pick, which was originally sent to Colorado for Wells Thompson last season. Klopas... Read more »

Monday notes / Fernandez on the move?

With the Superdraft and the start of training camp just a few days away business will start to pick up this week. Rumors and speculation should be in abundance over the next few days as teams begin final preparations for the 2013 season. The Fire technical staff is en route to Indianapolis after spending the weekend at... Read more »