Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
2. MLS: Fire looking for Spark
March 20th, 2007 2:29AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

By Ridge Mahoney

There will be pressure on Chad Barrett this season to score goals for the Fire, which lost Andy Herron (Crew) and Nate Jaqua (Galaxy) during the offseason. They ranked first and second, respectively, on the team in goalscoring last year with nine and eight goals.

Barrett notched five goals in 2006, his second season as a pro, while starting only nine of the 16 games in which he played. He scored twice for the Fire Saturday in a wild 4-3 loss to FC Dallas at the Saturn Cup played in Norman, Okla.

Sitting out the match was forward partner Chris Rolfe, who scored seven goals in 21 games last year. Like Barrett, he is in his third year as a pro, and unlike Barrett - a former U.S. under-20 - Rolfe is in the senior national team pool. He, along with Fire teammate Justin Mapp, were named to the 24-man squad selected by Coach Bob Bradley for matches against Ecuador and Guatemala later this month.

(But Rolfe has had to pull out of the U.S. camp because of a knee injury, as has Houston midfielder Ricardo Clark. They are being replaced by midfield Brian Mullan and outside back Wade Barrett of Houston.)

Chicago's loss to FC Dallas was its third straight of the preseason, following setbacks dealt by UCLA and Los Angeles.

Whether or not the team is able to sign Mexican attacker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Coach Dave Sarachan needs time to rebuild his attack.

Losing Mapp for perhaps another 10 days isn't the best preparation for an Eastern Conference that figures to be even more competitive than last year, with new coaches in Kansas City (Curt Onalfo) and D.C. (Tom Soehn), Claudio Reyna playing for the Red Bulls, and an expansion team in Toronto.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. U-23s fall to England's Young Lions, 1-0    
A goal by Manchster United's James Wilson in the 72nd minute gave England's U-21s a 1-0 ...
Dunn honored after getting Washington into NWSL playoffs    
The Washington Spirit's Crystal Dunn, who is running away with the NWSL scoring race, was voted ...
Breaking: Bundesliga will debut Sept. 13 on Fox    
The German Bundesliga will air for the first time on network television Sept. 13 when the ...
WCQ: Nowak leads Benna Boys against Guatemala    
The third and final knockout round of World Cup 2018 qualifying begins in Concacaf with six ...
Scouting Report: U.S. vets set for return against Peru    
The USA plays Peru Friday night in the first of two friendly games as it prepares ...
NASL Roundup: Freddy Adu ready to play again    
Freddy Adu's hopes of finding his stride at the 12th club of his professional career haven't ...
MLS: Best of August    
A memorable brother act and yet another superb double-save highlight the best moments from the games ...
What They're Saying: Charlie Stillitano    
"I really think they're true friendships. When a manager comes to my house for dinner, they ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Yes, we fear and don't know. Since they arrested people, things are very questionable with UEFA, ...
What They're Saying: Whitworth athletic director Tim Demant     
''As a Christ-centered university that believes in the value of all individuals, we are seeking to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives