Monday, February 8, 2010
MLS Preview:Chicago Fire
2010 will be a very interesting year for the Chicago Fire.Chris Rolfe (Aalborg) and Cuauhtemoc Blanco (Veracruz) will be huge losses for this offense,who never really lit the league up in scoring to begin with.However, signing Marco Pappa to a permanent deal,taking Polish left-back Krzystof Krol and Salvadorian international midfielder Juilo Martinez on loan for the season will help Section 8 and the rest of Chicago's fans sleep better at night.Mexican-born former El Salvador coach Carlos de los Cabo is the new man in charge,after Chicago fired Denis Hamlett after failing to make the MLS Cup.While Chicago has a good team,these are five questions that will determine where this team finishes:
1.Which Justin Mapp will we see this year?Will we see the one that tore Denmark apart,or the Mapp known around MLS as an overpaid player not making the most of his talent?
2.Can this team stay healthy?Last year Chicago was decimated all year with injuries all across the pitch.
3.The development of the youngsters- Patrick Nyarko,Baggio Husidic,Tim Ward and Corben Bone need to all have solid years if this team has a shot at the title.
4.Will Brian McBride stay healthy?If so,will he get the service he needs?
5.Can he do it at 34?Center-back C.J Brown is a Fire original and has been with the team for 12 years.This team will need his leadership and charisma.