Fire land Lindpere

The Fire took a big step towards improving last year’s squad with the addition of midfielder Joel Lindpere.  The Estonian veteran was acquired from New York in exchange for an international roster spot.  The Red Bulls were apparently looking to move salary and Lindpere became expendable with Tim Cahill and Dax McCarty figuring to receive the bulk of the playing time at center midfield.

Lindpere came into the league in 2010 and was named New York’s most valuable player for that season.  He was most effective playing centrally but was pushed outside as more of a role player with changes to the New York roster over the last year.  Lindpere, a hard nosed, effective two way, box to box player gives the Fire a different look that may push Chris Rolfe further up the field into more of a true forward role.  As an added bonus, he is also a green card holder and does not occupy an international roster spot.

Lindpere’s salary will consume a decent chunk of budget space however.  According to the MLS Player’s Union he earned $195,000.00 in guaranteed compensation in 2012.  At that cost, this is a good move for Chicago and gives Frank Klopas more options with another quality player at his disposal.  Particularly because they gave up relatively little to get him.

With the draft approaching things should get very interesting, very quickly.  There may be another move or two on the horizon.

Pre-Season Schedule Announced

The club also released their pre-season schedule today.  After reporting for physical testing on January 18, the team will depart for Ave Maria, Florida once again this winter.  A friendly against Florida Gulf Coast University on January 27 will be the first competitive action of pre-season.

It will be here before you know it.


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  • Finally the fire make a quality trade. Hopefully they will move up Rolfe to help out the big Mac and the team should be a bit better. One last item if Frankie starts pardo and pause together it has to be the slowest combo in the history of the league. When I was playing if we knew that a player was technically good but very slow we ran against them in combos and after a short time enjoyed the results.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Lindpere is going to start. The central combo will be Lindpere and Pause. Book it.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Pushing Pardo out of the lineup in other words? With Fernandez on the left and Nyarko on the right?

    Lindpere might tire easily, though - his age on the Fire's website is currently listed as 2013:

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Ha! That's pretty old.

    Pardo will be 37 this season, wasn't as good last season as he was in 2011, and had some injuries at the end of the year. He can still play but he's at a point where he's probably not a full time player over 34 games.

  • i highly approve of this trade. in case anyone was wondering. ;)

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    In reply to Drew:

    I stand with Drew, two hands raised.

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    Looks like Klopas & Leon have some friends in New Jersey. What a windfall. Anyway, I'd be shocked and disappointed to not see a flat or diamond 4-4-2 with the addition of Lindpere. I agree with brokerjohn: having Pause and Pardo start together now would be nonsensical.

    Viva Estonia!

    - Scott

  • In reply to ManOn TheFire:

    I think we'll see more of a flat 4-4-2.

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I always thought we should whip our opponents to death. Lets start playing the 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1.

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    In reply to ManOn TheFire:

    Its a future trade we got with Conde, Osorio and Bradley. Two more left.

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    The Conde trade last season for a six figure allocation was another major theft of NYRB. Conde was a disaster waiting to happen and it looks like he's on the outs already in New York.

  • Not quite a real big name, but still a major improvement over last year's central midfield. Now the Fire has to sign a quality striker, Rolfe is not the anwser for on top, he's an 8 to 10 goal per season which is great for a secondary forward, but the team needs a striker that has the ability to score 15+ goals per season. They are difficult to locate, but the Fire had several outstanding strikers in the past, but not under the current adminstration. The F.O. either has to look harder or spend more money.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    I'd still like to see Rolfe paired with a more accomplished finisher up top. MacDonald was decent but you expect more out of a DP slot.

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    Right now I leave the right back spot open. Jalil is an excellent player but it's clear RB is not his position as he just can't cross. He should be battling for minutes with Arne and Austin for CB. Hopefuly we can get a hot shot RB in the draft that can cross and provide some service in the box.

  • Although I did forget about Tony Walls. Wouldn't mind seeing what he has to offer in the RB spot as well. This could be a big year for him to prove himself to Frank.

  • In reply to fcoba85:

    Walls looked good in preseason last year but was a little up and down in reserve action. One of the things that I did like about him was his ability to serve a ball in.

  • I like Lindpere but an a little uneasy that our scouting Dept seems to consist of a guy taking expensive players that MLS teams aren't trying to get rid of and a guy who scouts 2 tier Uruguayan teams.

    Would like them to upgrade Dmid also get a hight energy guy who can cover more space than Pause and can also make a forward pass.

    Also we need a striker Rolfe has historically been made of glass

  • good trade. the guy is a work horse. we haven't had a guy that can go box to box since guerrero.

  • Sean Johnson has received another call up for the USMNT January camp. He'll be with the Nats from at least January 7-27 and will miss the start of Fire camp.

  • Good trade and nice it doesn't occupy a international roster spot! I'm happy with this transaction! Now to work on a more accomplished forward to pair up with Rolfe up top! :-)

    Pardo brings great leadership but at his age should be coming off the bench or at least not starting every game.

    We have a true DP not in Linpere! Flaco and McD aren't really DP dynamic players!

  • MLS will release the full season schedule on Wednesday at 11AM.

  • Ah, season's getting closer. Can almost taste it. :)

  • Offseason, we hardly knew ye.

  • great pickup by the Fire. as much as i despised the NYRB, i liked Lindperes game. i think he'll add a lot to the Fire midfield, which didnt have much versatility before

  • Is Joel more of a defensive or offensive playmaker midfielder?

  • In reply to smiley:

    Box to box, two way player is probably best way to describe him. Not necessarily a playmaker but a solid all around midfielder. He is certainly an offensive threat from a center mid spot though.

  • Perhaps someone at the Fire or MLS FO did not appreciate the untimely release of the 2013 schedule by the Herald, which may have been replicated elsewhere on the internet?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Nah....Daily Herald screwed up. My call to take it down until 11.

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