Monday notes - Preseason is here!

The polar vortex has cast its frigid net over the Chicago area but the Fire managed to escape to Florida yesterday morning to begin the first phase of training camp. Players reported for physicals at Toyota Park on Saturday and began light training in much warmer climes on Sunday (it was in the 70’s in Ave Maria yesterday).

It doesn’t look like the Fire will be releasing a roster list for the first leg of camp but at Friday’s press conference CJ Brown mentioned that 36 players will compete for spots in Ave Maria, Florida. That was before Giuseppe Gentile was selected in a waiver draft later that afternoon. Here’s the current list of known names on the roster:

Goalkeeper (4): Sean Johnson, Kyle Reynish, Alec Kann, David Meves

Defenders (10): Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares, Bakary Soumare, Stephen Kinney, Lovel Palmer, Patrick Ianni, Marco Franco, Hunter Jumper, Tim Ward

Midfielders (13): Alex, Dilly Duka, Jeff Larentowicz, Patrick Nyarko, Logan Pause, Victor Pineda, Brendan King, Chris Ritter, Yazid Atouba, Freddie Braun, Zach Bolden, Kadeem Dacres, Bryan Ciesulka

Forwards (8): Juan Luis Anangono, Mike Magee, Quincy Amarikwa, Chris Rofe, Harrison Shipp, Kellen Gulley, Orr Barouch, Giussepe Gentile

Both Mike Magee and Sean Johnson are still with the US Men’s National Team in California and won’t return to the club until after a match against Korea Republic on February 1. The Fire will be in Ave Maria until February 2 when they play a friendly against Florida Gulf Coast University. They’ll then head to IMG Academy in Bradenton to begin the next phase of preseason camp on February 5.

Some cuts will be made after phase one is complete but that doesn’t mean additional players won’t get a look at some point this spring. Most clubs bring additional trialists in during the course of preseason camp and  it’s likely Yallop will do the same.

Fire Confidential Podcast’s Chicago Fire beat writer Anthony Zillis joins us to talk about the beginning of preseason, Marco Pappa trade discussion, roster additions, and the new season ahead. Check out the latest episode here or on the right rail.

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  • Re: the podcast. As far as I know, it is Pineda, not Piñeda, right? Get those guys in line!

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    There is no ñ's Pineda.

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    You say tomato, I say tomahto. lol

  • Chicago had a decent squad last season but lacked the few quality pieces which would make a difference. We have improved at CB but I cannot see how this squad can compete with, say Portland among many others, who were already good and have added quality from abroad.
    JLA will have to be the real thing, Magee will have to reproduce close to his last year's performance, Rolfe will have to score goals again and we still lack creativity in the midfield.
    Perhaps other teams' grass looks greener but how can Portland have the quality they have and not have cap trouble but the Fire are close to maxed out without any real high end players?

  • In reply to Celt:

    Because of the construction of the team through the previous few years. See also: GR's cap space/roster salary breakdown a few weeks back.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Right....That's the short answer to Celt's question. Portland has done a better job of building their team over the last two years. I could delve deeper into the Timbers cap maneuvers but my head will explode if I try to decode more than one MLS budget.

  • thanks to Jeff and Guillermo for the reply. Perhaps it's like coveting you neighbor's wife, and I have neither, but most teams look like they have more high priced and attractive players than the Fire do.

  • In reply to Celt:

    The cap will present problems for any team if it isn't managed correctly. Even teams that have done well with it run into problems.....RSL had to offload Espindola, Olave, and others last year in order to get cap compliant. Montreal is up against it this year....they have little room and only 28 players in camp right now. The Fire aren't the only team with budget issues. Let's hope the new CBA results in a substantial cap increase.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I would suspect we'll see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel in the coming 12-18 months in regards to Chicago's cap space issues. Not only (hopefully) due to a new upcoming CBA, but also because many of the botched signings and bad deals struck between 2011 and 2013 will be gone and/or ending.

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    Don't you solve the cap issues with good scouting, shrewd signings, and quality training? Well get to it then!

  • In reply to waam:

    Yes, rumor has it that the previous regime was actually not that good at that.

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Well, at least we still have Puppo.

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    NBS Sports has us tabbed at 25/1 odds at winning MLS this year. How exciting. /head down

  • In reply to waam:

    Huh. Toronto are 14/1 odds. Interesting.

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