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.
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,
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.