Matchday: Fire vs. Toronto
Dan Gargan, Sean Johnson and Jalil Anibaba preview the Fire's match vs. Toronto FC
Fire assistant coach Leo Percovich shares his thoughts on the match vs. Toronto FC
1) SEGA’S 152 – This won’t be the last time I write about Fire defender Gonzalo Segares moving up the club’s appearance chart this season. If he steps on the field Saturday afternoon in Toronto, the Costa Rican international will move into sole possession of ninth on the club’s all-time appearance list, passing up former teammate Jim Curtin.
If all goes according to plan, the second week of May will mark another milestone for Segares, who will tie Ante Razov at 155 games played on May 9 vs. Real Salt Lake and move into eighth all-time three days later vs. Sporting KC (if he plays every match leading up to then…)
2) BAROUCH’S CANADIAN SUCCESS – Orr Barouch had an impressive first MLS campaign in 2011, appearing almost exclusively as a substitute in the 28 matches he appeared in. The Israeli youth international saw his first MLS goal come in the form of a 75th minute equalizer in this away fixture last year (2-2 draw on May 14). He scored his second MLS goal in his next visit to Canada, a 4-2 loss to Vancouver on August 7.
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Fire defender grateful for opportunity to get settled with Fire
RIDGEVIEW, Ill. – Of the 18 players who dressed for Dan Gargan’s last game for Toronto FC – a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo on July 9, 2011 – only seven remain on the Reds’ roster.
And that doesn’t surprise the Chicago Fire defender one bit.
“That’s really kind of been a theme in Toronto FC’s history,” Gargan told MLSsoccer.com. “If you look at the number of guys who have put on a TFC jersey, it’s pretty astounding... Any time that there’s uncertainty about direction, those aren’t circumstances that you want to play under.”
Fortunately for Gargan and the Fire, Chicago enters their match against TFC this Saturday at BMO Field (3:30 pm ET, NBC Sports Network) with a much more stable defensive unit.
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Minor ankle injury to keep striker from debut vs. Toronto
Those hoping to see Chris Rolfe make his re-debut with the Fire Saturday afternoon in Toronto will have to wait a little bit longer after the newly re-acquired Fire striker suffered a mild ankle sprain in Thursday’s training session.
“We were just doing a finishing drill yesterday and the ball came across the goal,” Rolfe told Chicago-Fire.com Friday morning. “My toe got stuck in the turf and my body kept going forward and I just rolled over the top of it.”
Considered a minor injury, the Fire training staff found no structural damage and will evaluate his status day-to-day. Typically, expected time out can be up to two weeks.
Confirmed by Fire head coach Frank Klopas of being in the planned 18 for Saturday’s match at Toronto, Rolfe admitted disappointed to not be making his debut this weekend but is hopeful to return quickly.
“I’m disappointed not to be ready for Toronto but I’m here this morning, I’ll be taking care of it when I get home and I’m working to be back very soon.”