The first day of training camp signals the start of the new season for many. Fire players reported to the north side’s Private Bank Fire Pitch today for media day before beginning training in earnest tomorrow.
The club’s most recent high-profile addition, Dax McCarty was of course absent while training with the USMNT in California, but he was a big topic of conversation.
The latest episode of the Fire Confidential Live podcast is chock full of interviews from the first day of camp. Nelson Rodriguez discussed McCarty and the patience he is being afforded while away from the team, improving the side with additional reinforcements, and much more.
Veljko Paunovic spoke to local media about how he sees the team lining up and a potentially better side in 2017.
Michael de Leeuw and newcomers Nemanja Nikolic and Juninho are also featured.
Current training camp roster
GK: Jorge Bava, Stefan Cleveland, Matt Lampson, Mihaljo Miskovic*
DEF: Drew Beckie*, Jonathan Campbell, Matej Dekovic**, Patrick Doody, Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Boyd Okwuonu*, Brandon Vincent
MID: David Accam, Arturo Alvarez, Brandt Bronico**, Joey Calistri, Drew Conner, Collin Fernandez, John Goossens, Daniel Johnson**, Juninho, Dax McCarty, Djordje Mihailovic*, Matt Polster
FWD: David Arshakyan, Michael de Leeuw, Guillermo Delgado**, Nemanja Nikolic, Luis Solignac
**Unsigned SuperDraft Pick