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.
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