When Chivas USA striker Ante Razov left the Chicago Fire more than three years ago, some Fire fans thought the team made a big mistake letting him go. Others still chastise him "for sulking his way out the door" when the team didn't meet his increased contract demands, writes Nick Firchau.
"Looking back, I don't think it ended great," said Razov ahead of Thursday's game between his present and his former MLS clubs in Carson, Calif. "At the time I didn't want it to end, and we had some contractual issues, but I think now that it was a time in my career when I might have needed a change. Maybe, yeah, I needed to just step away. But they'll never take away those years from me - those were the best days of my career."
The change in coach from Bob Bradley to Dave Sarachan may have eventually played a part in his leaving, and Razov acknowledges that Sarachan "was a different coach from Bob altogether." Meanwhile, current Fire head coach Denis Hamlett, who was assistant to both Bradley and Sarachan, called Razov "the best pure scorer we ever had." The forward, who tallied 86 goals in seven years with the Fire, added, "I've been put out for dead many times. But I'm still all right and I still have some to give here at Chivas."