It is, of course, possible to find fault with any of the deals made since Frank Yallop's appointment as Head Coach and Dude Who Runs This S--t. It's possible to argue that Anibaba should've just moved inside, or that Berry should still be on the roster, or that Pause shouldn't. It is harder to argue with the outcomes - for the first time since Andell Holdings became the Investor/Operator of the club, this offseason has seen the Fire calmly identify needs on the roster and then (this is the magical part) fill them.
Case in point: Today's acquisition of left back Greg Cochrane from LA Galaxy. The Fire gave up a conditional draft pick in the 2016 draft, surrendering nothing from the current squad to add an understudy for the defense's oldest and longest-serving veteran, Gonzalo Segares. Delaying the payoff draft pick until ‘16 allows the Fire to keep their picks during 2015, when a pair of expansion teams entering the league will mean rosters shorn of their depth players.
Cochrane, 23, made 12 appearances in his rookie season for the Galaxy, playing 848 minutes. He's a smallish, speedy left back who, like Segares, loves to overlap, combine around the corner of the penalty area, and whip in crosses. His style dovetails neatly with everything we've seen the Fire doing in preseason; Dilly Duka's diagonal runs need that overlap, and before today, only Segares could provide it reliably.
Cochrane won't play this weekend, apparently, as he's only slated to join the team once they travel to Los Angeles for the season opener. The Fire kick off the season Sunday at 2 p.m. CST against Chivas USA.