Roundup: One Last Try For The Trialists

Will Amarikwa, Joya and Pineda get minutes today? Or have some or all of them become more central to the first team's plans? - Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Fire play Rapids at 4:30 p.m.; UEFA Champions League returns; Florida adds another soccer team

Chicago Fire superfan Ray Cook, recently featured in a short video segment on the club website (see below), won't get to see many starters in today's friendly against Colorado, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Chicago time in Tucson. With four games in a little more than a week and a half on the schedule, Fire Head Coach Frank Yallop intends to use the game to get one more good look at the men on the fringe of the roster, "guys who haven't gotten very many minutes lately," in his words.

Why am I talking, again? Let's let Frank speak in his own voice:

Ray Cook, Fire superfan

While we're taking a look at the work of the redoubtable Jeff Crandall, here is the profile of Ray Cook mentioned above.

Barça win

Messi's penalty turned the game, and Barça cruised to a 2-0 road win in the first leg. Afterward, Manuel Pellegrini went ‘full wingnut,' accusing the Swedish ref of favoritism. Wow.

PSG crush Leverkusen

Then there was the fun in Paris, where Zlatan again did his thing in a 4-0 demolition of outmatched Bayer Leverkusen.

Armada FC

Remember when there wasn't any professional soccer in Florida? There's about to be four pro teams in the Sunshine State. Chances of gator-bite during training: Skyrocketing.

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