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 season. A decision on Pardo’s future is expected in the next 7-10 days.

The Fire apparently have been operating under the premise that Pardo wouldn’t be back, or at least that he would play a more limited role this season with the recent additions of central midfielders Joel Lindpere and Jeff Larentowicz. Pardo was still playing well after returning from an injury late last season but he wasn’t quite as effective as he was the previous year. There is no word yet on the possibility of a position on the technical staff should he decide to retire.

Oduro trade talks

Rumors from Columbus and Chicago circulated throughout the day that the Fire and rival Columbus Crew were working on a deal that would send Dominic Oduro to Ohio in exchange for midfielder Dilly Duka.  The trade did not materialize but it seems that there is still a possibility that this move could be made.

Bone returns

Javier Leon also indicated that midfielder Corben Bone will return to the team.  An announcement is forthcoming.

Oh – the draft pick

The Fire selected Cameroonian youth international Yazid Atouba Emane with the 30th pick overall. Should Emane make the club he would occupy an international roster spot.  The club has traded away two spots recently but would have two available if Pardo decides to call it a career.

Current Internationals: MacDonald, Friedrich, Tornaghi, Alex, Fernandez, Pardo

Alvaro Fernandez received his green card while with Seattle last season.

Camp opens tomorrow

Fire players will report to Toyota Park tomorrow for physicals before departing for Florida to begin pre-season training.



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  • We're going to have plenty of audio and talk on the next Red Priests. Stay tuned.

  • I have to say that I like the moves being made. As for Pardo, I'm not sure I would be happy to see him gone. It would sure be nice to see him find a role on the coaching staff and it might even be nice if this season could see him serve a split role between playing and coaching. That would allow him to remain to provide depth and, at the same time, let him demonstrate his coaching skills so that the Fire could be more certain whether they want to retain him in that role. That would appear an ideal solution, particularly if the Fire are considering a coaching committment.

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Pardo may have other coaching options as well. I suppose we'll know soon.

  • Id like to see Duka for Oduro.
    I wonder what the holdup is.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    perhaps they have reservations about trading for someone named dilly ;)

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    Another highly drafted player, kinda like Bone... Corben should have panned out by now. I hope he doesn't pan out like Justin Mapp. I like Duka for his potential, but he didn't do much as a CAM. Thats his position right? If thats what he's supposed to be, if he's any good, he won't be in MLS long. Especially at that age. Then again, I don't think Dom was going to do much for us now anyway, now that we have Big Mac as our target man, and Chris as the second striker. Looks like we're doing pretty good with this 2.5m payroll with loopholes. Sounds silly though.. Clubs should have more freedom to express their ambition. What we have right now is more like a state welfare system that takes away the ambition of clubs. As long as we're making it, why spend on quality. In FIFA 12 ratings, I am rating our Fire team 69 - 70 - 72 at the moment.

  • In reply to Kao Xiong:

    The cap has been a good thing for MLS and it should remain in place to keep owners from destroying themselves when the revenue stream doesn't exist to justify big spending...but yes, it should be considerably higher than the $2,950,500.00 that it is for this season.

    No cap would mean LA, New York, and Seattle buys just about every good player coming into MLS. It would not be pretty. Smaller market clubs would have no shot to compete and if they tried bankruptcy would be just around the corner. (see original NASL)

  • Can't understand why they are keeping Bone around, especially
    given his salary. Also, getting Duka doesn't seem to have any upside.
    The Fire seems to go after players who are on the "verge" who are relatively cheap, however they never pan out. Both the above players have been around to show something but never seem to crack the starting lineup, although Duka had several injuries last year.
    They already have enough players sitting on the bench who are on the verge of who knows what. They probably could have the deepest bench in the MLS, but still haven't addressed the needs of the starting 11, a solid striker and CAM.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    They renegotiated a new salary with Bone, so he's not back at the same number he was last season. Hopefully Bone will get some playing time in this new MLS/USLpro Reserve league set up if he doesn't get some minutes with the first team.

    Duka can play outside where they are relatively thin and Oduro wants to start so a trade to Columbus would seem to be a fit for both. You're right though- striker still needs to be addressed.

  • A striker and a winger. Otherwise we only have the draft pick.If he turns out to be a left footed Nyarko with better finishing great but its a lot to hope for. Duka doesnt excite as a starter either but nice depth. Why dont we ever go for the malcontent goal scorers like Cooper or Letoux when they were available?Got a Dmid you want to dump? offer him to Chicago!!

    Bone is back...yay?

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    Striker and winger would be my shopping list.

  • Hey Guillermo, what's this stuff Matt Doyle at wrote today about the Fire picking up Rich Balchan from Columbus? He wrote about it like it was a done deal.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Never mind, just got caught up on Twitter. I didn't realize they picked him up on waivers for a pre-season trial. Doyle made it sound like they signed him, putting him next to Larentowicz (can we just call him J Lo?) and Lindpere (we can call him JL).

  • In reply to Modibo:

    maybe JLa and JLi? i can't imagine Larentowicz allowing himself to be nicknamed j lo! :)

  • well we have a central midfield that has some scoring potential now, so i like the moves so far.

    i like oduro and would like to keep him as a 60th min sub (not a 82nd min sub grrrr), but i totally understand him not wanted to be in that role

    apparently Eric Hassli wants out of Toronto. dunno if we can take on another big salary that he probly has, but i think he'd be a good striker to have.

  • In reply to CountChocula:

    Injuries an issue with Hassli. At that price I'd pass.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I'd say lack of scoring is as big an issue with Hassli. 15 goals in 51 MLS matches? Yuk. A salary of $790 K? Double yuk.

  • According to Taylor Twellman, Brek Shea just got dished to Stoke for a cool $3.5 million.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Not a fan of sending our top talent to England to get hacked and injured. Would rather send him to Holland where he would get really coaching or Spain where he at least wont get hacked as much.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Sounds like FCD has turned it down.

  • I'm shocked (and dying of laughter) that FCD turned down $3 million for Shea. Do they *really* think they can get higher than that right now? Seems more like a Toronto FC type move to me. Welcome to the big leagues, baby diapers.

  • Question of the year for me is whether the railroad bridge on 71st will be finished for the opening of the season. Does anyone know? How long has that been past its expected completion date. Are there any announced changes at Toyota Park for the new season? Like coming up with an exit plan that doesn't take 6 hours. I have to say moving Blue Moon beer sales last year to the West side of the stadium was a huge bonus for me. Here are my ideas for improving the game day experience: Have the pre game show broad cast from outside the stadium. Add trees encircle the stadium, walkway to the practice field, and picnic areas. I'm talking at least 500 trees. Add beer tents outside, near my new trees. For inside, add a "pathway" set off by ropes or straps or something so people can walk from teh East side to the West side at Half Time with out having to fight upstream like salmon. Improve the South end of the stadium by coming up with a way to go to the party deck without joining the party. I have been to stadiums in England and TP's seats, viewing and closeness to the field is definitely better than many of the older stadiums. It also is better from a services standpoint. But it lacks compared to US standards from a fan experience such as Miller Park or US Cellular. Wrigley Field doesn't count because it has "charm". If they could build a "fandamonium" at the South end that could be kinda cool. Of course it would need to include beer to make it interesting for me.

  • Paved Pardo spoke to Oscar Guzman last night and says he's retiring.....

    Official announcement should come early in the week.

  • 71st street underpass was supposed to be done in May 2012. Haven't been out to Bridgeview since the end of last season, but I'd sincerely hope they had that wrapped up by now.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    At the end of the season, they hadn't even started digging the tunnel yet. I also recall hearing a rumor that the money for that project had somehow ran out. I think we have to prepare for that crossing being closed long term.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    A construction project in Chicago behind schedule? Say it ain't so! ;)

    I like some of the pre game ideas in Krasov's post.

  • As do I.

    I had no idea they were *that* far behind on the project. I only drove to the west lot for the USWNT game, just assumed it was moving along, just behind schedule. Definitely sounds like a long-term closing. So, traffic issues at TP continue...

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