Fully aware that Nery Castillo's option was declined. That isn't surprising news so the lead-off today in the Smolderings is profiles on the currently starting central midfielders: Corben Bone and Daniel Paladini.
Bone saw his fellow draft teammates getting significant playing time, as goalkeeper Sean Johnson and defenders Steven Kinney and Kwame Watson-Siriboe each logged 10 or more games last season. Bone, however, logged only 114 minutes in five league games.
Great setup by Corr and good overall read. It probably irked Bone at least a little bit that the players drafted below him saw more playing time. Corben has handled it professionally and is showing what he can do where it counts: on the field.
Daniel Paladini returned to Major League Soccer in 2011 after an interesting few years away from the league. In 2006 the California native was picked up by the L.A. Galaxy in the Supplemental Draft and then moved across the stadium to Chivas USA in the same season. That first year he never found time on the field for the first team. He did however find time in the Reserve League. It was with the Reserve League's demise though, that Paladini went on a quest for a new place to develop and mature his game.
It has been an interesting path for the 26 year-old midfielder Paladini. Good profile piece. Lohr reveals that Daniel Paladini likes ketchup on his hot dog. That is always disturbing to find out about our players. Perhaps with time, Daniel Paladini will see the errors of his ways.
There's more Fire team news, John Spencer trolling Seattle fans, Eric Lichaj update, and much more after the break.
This story is a bit old. If it sounds familiar, you probably read it. We have not linked to it though. The Chicago Bears and Chicago Fire are teaming up with the new President of the board of the Chicago Park District to improve the turf in 10 parks around the city.
Giovanni Hernandez to the Chicago Fire will not die but now Houston Dynamo are in the mix.
View of the Fire Reserves game from the enemy. It's about the same.
This is not really news but it did pop up on my radar. It's always nice to look back.
Director of Ticket Sales Mike Ernst and Communications Manager Brendan Hannan answered some questions about how ticket sales have been and some questions on overall ticket concepts.
Want to work for the team? It is what you think it is.
Victor Pineda (12') and Fillipe Cortez (17') scored the two goals. It rained and the players look miserable on the sidelines.
Derby County giveth and they taketh. The U-15/16 Fire continue to struggle scoring goals and they couldn't keep up the streak of only allowing 1 goal or less. That streak had lasted 13 games and dated back to November 20th when the team lost 2-0 to St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri - not to be confused with St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro of course.
This Sunday, May 22nd from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (and likely much later), there will be a Section 8 Chicago Tifo build at Chitown Futbol at 2255 S. Throop St. Meet people. Create awesome tifo. What more could you ask for?
The Fire will decline the option on Nery Castillo as mentioned above.
General Soccer News & Highlights
It's du Nord. What else do you need?
Attendance numbers at Toyota Park are something we will be looking at soon. You'll be shocked to learn in Colorado and in Chicago, it's all about da weather.
Eric Lichaj is from Chicago. His brother Andrew tried out for the Chicago Fire in the open tryouts and made it to the second cut. This is a good round-up of Lichaj's situation in England. He was not getting much time with Aston Villa but looked really solid while on loan to Leeds United. It makes you wonder what Lichaj thinks of his sweet home Chicago...
Sockers FC are having tryouts if you know of an aspiring young soccer player. It is a long road to the top. This is where it begins.
John Spencer - "I'm disappointed with their assessment of the game," Spencer said Tuesday. "But then that's their prerogative. I think if it is too wet up there for them to play soccer then they may want to move that franchise because it pisses down rain nearly every time I've been in Seattle. Obviously to say that the conditions suit us more than they suit them just blows me away. It seems to me they had 50 excuses before the game written down as to why they never beat us 3 or 4 nil at home."
That's just the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy.
Dave Clark of Sounder at Heart responds not so much to John Spencer's comments (that I think amount to epic trolling FWIW) but to his personal reactions as a Sounders fan. Interesting read.
Dirk Nowitzki went 12-15 from the floor and 24-24 from the free throw line as the Dallas Mavericks dominated the Oklahoma Thunder to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven Western Conference Finals.
In that light, I highly suggest reading this piece on Dirk Nowitzki's career. I see Dirk in a different light now.
Minnesota Twins legend Harmon Killebrew passed away yesterday and Joe Soucheray of Pioneer Press had a piece I thought captured Killebrew well.
The Chicago Bulls take on the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Blog a Bull has links and discussion to get you hyped for the game.