I think most of us are still a little raw and exhausted from Tuesday’s disappointing loss. In a perfect world, the Fire would just chill a bit and we can all regroup during the weekend and move on.
But after a game highlighted by extremely questionable personnel decisions, what do the Fire do? They send down two prospects to St. Louis that many fans wanted to see in MLS action! That’s right. St. Louis FC announced on Twitter Wednesday that Collin Fernandez and Alex Morrell joined the team on loan from the Fire.
I’m really trying to figure this one out and I can’t. On one hand, you have a kid in Fernandez who has been in the Fire system some time now and has shown flashes of creativity in the middle of the pitch – a quality this team desperately needs. On the other hand you have Morrell who has speed to burn and adds a different dynamic to the team.
Sure, both of these guys could come in to a game and be a total dumpster fire. But at least it would be a new dumpster fire to watch. This one is getting a bit stale. Chances are though they come in and play with hunger and desire because they are two guys fighting for a job. And they just might be an upgrade.
Instead, the team wants them to get playing time and “develop” in the USL. Maybe I’m crazy, but Fernandez and Morrell are probably as good if not better than the large majority of USL players. Doesn’t it seem more reasonable to develop against players who are better than you?
Going up against the likes of Sebastian Giovinco or Mauro Diaz or one of the many talented MLS players will help Fernandez and Morrell grow at a much faster rate than USL competition. You can only grow so much playing against similar or lower level skill.
So now fans won’t even get to see what the kids can do at Toyota Park and in MLS. It’s another perplexing decision made only worse by its proximity to the worst loss of the season.
So please Fire, if you insist on doing things to frustrate me, can you at least wait like 48 to 72 hours or so before following it up with another infuriating thing? At this point, it’s my only reasonable request for the rest of the 2016 season.