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.