Logan Pause to depart for LAFC

Another long-time Fire stalwart is leaving the club. Sources indicate to Fire Confidential that Logan Pause is set to depart for a position with Los Angeles FC. Pause will assume the head coaching position for LAFC’s USL side Orange County Blues FC and serve as an assistant when they begin play in MLS next season.

Pause spent his entire professional career with the Fire and took a position as Vice President upon retirement following the 2014 season. He joined the Fire’s coaching staff when Frank Yallop was dismissed late in the 2015 season and was retained on Veljko Paunovic’s staff last year.

Los Angeles FC’s Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations is former Fire midfielder John Thorrington, who has been very close to Pause over the years.

Update 4:20 pm:

Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez’s statement on the departure of Logan Pause:

“We’ve long known of Logan’s coaching promise and take a measure of pride when members of our staff are recruited. He’s deserving of this new challenge and we expect and wish for his continued success.”


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    I am entirely ready to get back to rumors of a team sale...

  • I like the '17 schedule that was released. No ridiculous number of Sunday games. Mostly Saturday games with just 2 Wednesday games. Not bad.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    Best thing about the schedule is the elimination of mandatory games on Fridays to satisfy the TV deal with Univision. Those games will be on Saturdays now.

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    And with that, it seems like pretty much every stalwart from the Chicago Fire teams I grew up with is now either playing or coaching for another MLS team.

  • In reply to Dan Koev:

    Yeah, it feels that way because its true. Damn it.

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    In reply to DDT5583:

    You can make a Best XI of such players:

    S: Razov, Rolfe
    M: Mapp, Armas, Marsch, Nyarko
    D: Beasley, Bocanegra, Curtin, CJ Brown
    S. Johnson
    Bench: Pause, Pappa, Oduro

    OK, I'll stop now.

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    In reply to Dan Koev:

    You forgot Novak, he was the best midfielder the Fire had

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    In reply to Ron Stone:

    That's only players who are currently playing for or managing other MLS teams.

  • Added a tab above with the 2017 schedule.

  • Ah yes. Just as I was saying yesterday.

    CJ Brown, Armas, Marsch, now Pause. I'm sure we can list more Fire alums who are finding management success elsewhere, unappreciated by the present regime.

    Smart men, all, abandoning the cursed ship.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    We might as well add Thorrington to the list.

  • Pause officially named head coach of OC Blues....


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Who do you think will most likely replace him and what do you think of our first 10 games?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    I haven't heard any names yet....I'll let you know on the first ten games when the roster is more complete.

  • So was this departure treated like the Sega one? Was there any bad feelings between N-Rod and Pause?

  • Did he turn out the lights? Because he was the last of the old guard in the building.

    I'm not happy with the lack of Sunday games because it means that my family can't come with me to games (and indeed, I'm not supposed to go either, but...priorities).

  • Assuming we keep the 3rd and 11th pick, doubtful but just speculating, who would we like to see them draft today?

  • In reply to SteveGreene13:

    I have a suspicion that they'll trade #3. I haven't watched a whole lot of college soccer or the combine games so I don't have a preference an a certain player....they need depth on defense.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Jack Robinson is one of the top prospects in cb so I think they will get him and trade him to the revs bc they are really interested in him. I assume the revs have plenty of international slots available so they will trade that to us

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    That seems like a move they'd do. Get a roster spot and that delicious TAM/GAM. But GR has a point. They need defensive depth. I'd love to see them get a RB to get Kapplehof back in the center. Then a RW to get speed on that side to alternate with Alvarez.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Any news on the new Fire third kit or will there even be one?

  • In reply to Firefan5819:

    There will be a new secondary kit this season. Hint - it will be grey.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    As as grey as the Fire fans hopes and dreams?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Any idea when they'll be unveiling it?

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    I'm gonna have to agree with G here that the 3rd overall will unfortunately get traded away which is a shame because there are generally considered to be 3 top prospects in this draft... I'm guessing Danladi falls to the 3, we draft and trade him for an Intl spot and TAM/GAM and Danladi will go on to be the biggest difference maker from this draft class. It'll be Jack Harrison all over again...

    It really is a shame that NR/Pauno have wasted so many Intl roster spots on players that should never see the starting 11 that we are almost forced to have to give up what really could be a fantastic asset. I know the draft is a crapshoot but so is trusting NR to be able to acquire any sort of actual talent with that war chest of TAM/GAM we've assembled... How many years now have we been promised that Keane-money player with no follow through?

  • He got big GAM,
    She got big GAM,
    Be we got the biggest
    GAM of them all.

    Seriously $250K is a lot of $$.

    But, yes, of course, it's not how big your GAM is, it's what you do with it. Eh, NR?

  • In reply to Modibo:

    isn't that more then we got for Shipp?

  • In reply to edubs:

    Yeah, I think the figure that was being thrown out for Shipp was $100K.

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  • In reply to Modibo:

    Considering the Fire gave up a GA player at no 3, that $250,000 barely compensates for the extra salary of a non GA player. I would much prefer the 3rd pick than another Thiam, Arshakyan, etc.
    The JJ or SJ trades have left the Fire weaker in both positions and I see no reason to think this $250,000 will be used to better affect. With the 1st and 3rd pick in consecutive drafts we end up with Vincent, decent, but hardly inspiring confidence.

  • NR said Daniel Johnson has a voracious appetite for soccer. Sounds like an interesting kid:


    NR also mentioned that Nikolic knew a lot about MLS (well, at least goalscorers) when they went over to talk to him and that he wants to lead on the field. Good things, all, but the jury's still out.

  • Daniel Johnson better plan on drinking a lot of muscle milk between now and the opening of the season if he wants to see the field. He ways 140lbs soaking wet. MLS center backs will send him into the stands if he tries to split them. I like his skills and he played great on the first day of the combine, but I worry about his physicality.

  • what did the Fire give to Toronto for the 2 second round picks? GAM/TAM or a player?

  • In reply to Krasov:

    $75K of TAM, per GR on Twitter.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    for each pick or for both?

  • In reply to Krasov:


  • Guys I am floored about the Fire and the draft .Lets see we have the worst team in the league. The worst coach in the league and as proved today the worst GM in the league and we sell the only opportunity to to get a decent player on the cheap. We barely have an academy we have no USL team and if someone gets injured or called up what do we do. As I recall Juninho was released by the Galaxy and could not make it in the Mexican league but If you listen to NR he is glue that will repair the midfield.All I have to say is dream on. The Fire opens up with a relatively easy schedule but if does not come away without a few wins at the start this could be very long year.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Juninho wasn't "released" by the Galaxy. He played in Mexico, this is not a minor acquisition.

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