Tuesday notes - USOC draw, Soumare, Rogers, & more

A return to the playoffs for a second consecutive season may seem tenuous at the moment but the Fire will still have a shot at some hardware if MLS postseason isn’t the cards. Clubs should find out in the next few days where they’ll land in the 2013 US Open Cup brackets. The US Soccer Federation is expected to announce the draw for the 2013 tournament some time this week with match-ups determined geographically.

MLS sides are scheduled to battle winners of Round 2 matches on May 28. Could a rematch with the Michigan Bucks be in the offing?

Reserves back in action

The Fire Reserves will play FC Dallas tomorrow morning at 10 am. The match will take place at the Toyota Park practice field. With a bye week during this round there’s a good chance some of the regular eleven could see action in this one.

Fire Confidential Podcast

Curious to know what’s going on with Bakary Soumare? Stay tuned for the next episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast when the Philadelphia Union defender joins us to chat about his current situation.

Rogers to play again?

Buried in Sports Illustrated’s coverage of NBA player Jason Collins coming out is a mention of Robbie Rogers. Collins says that Rogers phoned him “yesterday while driving to a Los Angeles Galaxy tryout”. There was speculation, even before his own announcement that Rogers would return to MLS but preferred to play in California. Bruce Arena heightened that speculation when he said that he would welcome the player if he wanted to keep in shape while out of contract but highlighted that his rights were owned by another MLS club.

Rogers said in a recent interview that he might consider playing again at some point but didn’t elaborate on a timeline. Whether or not this run out with the Galaxy is an actual trial or just a short work out stint remains to be seen. Either way the Fire still own his MLS rights and a deal would have to be worked out for him to resume his playing career in LA.

MLS transfer window

The spring transfer window closes on Monday and the Fire are continuing to look at different options but no new additions have been signed at this moment. The club is looking at players from within MLS and in other countries as well. That’s pretty vague but I wouldn’t expect any big additions until July. This round will focus mainly on depth in areas of need.




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  • Big signing? I'll believe it when I see it. I guess we have become a small market team. Maybe Billy Beane can become our next general manager?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Suazo would have been big. I have doubts whether we'll see one of that stature but we'll see. Perhaps I should have used the word "impactful" instead.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    In the words of Judge Smails: "Next time be more careful!". :)

    You have to laugh through the pain. What better way to get those laughs than "Caddyshack"?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Speaking of Judge Smails you'd better hope we're not hearing, "You'll get nothing and like it," come July.

    How about a Fresca?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So I says to him, "Hey Lama! How 'bout something for the effort?" And he says, "OK, but it's not money. On you're deathbed, before you die, you'll achieve total consciousness." So I got that going for me...which is nice.

  • Big signing in July? Which team is going to unload their DP that has worn out his welcome on us?

  • Robbie Rogers is training with the Galaxy this morning but Klopas says the Fire have not been contacted by LA regarding a move.....


  • And Sigi Schmid says that Seattle would be interested in trading for Rogers as well.....


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    OH GOODIE! What burnt-out Seattle Player can we get this time? Alonso? Eddie Johnson? Shalrie Joseph? Sammy Ochoa? Can I write the eulogy for which ever player the Fire get from Seattle this time?

    Side note: I'm mostly bitter because I ordered a Freddie Ljungberg jersey from eBay and the seller screwed me over...Maybe we can get Freddie back?

  • would be nice to get something out of rogers, as the duka-oduro swap straight up isn't looking good so far. i wouldn't mind seeing him suit up in fire red at all...and sitting lindpere. or maybe a 3 way trade involving rogers, soumare and some 3rd team. whatever they do, the team needs some help asap, that much is clear.

  • In reply to Drew:

    Frank has already said he would like Robbie with the team.

    I would love to see him here, but feel bad for Robbie that the MLS has such a discriminatory system for US players.

    If he were from any other country, as a player coming from another league he could sign with whomever he chooses. Treating US players this way makes no sense..and Don Garber wonders why young US talent leave for other leagues....

  • It is soooooooo disappointing so see the list of names being considered by Fire management --- retreads and castoffs. How about just s--t canning this season, maybe even next year and bring in a new, young team!!! Start with Videra and then go after the entire U20 team. At least there would be some suspense, like, how bad will they be or surprise, how good will they be. Right now I will predict that the July signing will be "underwhelming"; The Fire will hover in the middle third of the pack, playing generally ugly soccer and then "might" slip into the playoffs to lose in the first round. Yippee!!

  • In reply to shortpasses:

    Which list are you referring to?

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