Fire head to San Jose

RIVERA: More change coming?


Headed to San Jose
with not much more than pride on the line, the Fire are saddled with another
batch of possible injury issues.  Freddie Ljungberg, Bratislav Ristic, and
Gonzalo Segares were all held out of a short training session this morning
before boarding a plane for California (read Sam Stejskal's wrap up
 here).  Nery Castillo will miss his second
consecutive match with what has been identified as a quad injury and did not
travel with the team while Mike Banner also was left home with an achilles

From the sound of
things it appears that the Fire are coming to grips with the reality of missing
the playoffs and are looking to find time for younger players against San
Jose and possibly FC Dallas on Saturday.  Carlos De Los Cobos implied that
Dasan Robinson and Kwame Watson-Siriboe will be the pairing in the middle and
Steven Kinney will return at right back.  Corben Bone may even get an
extended run.  What would a line up infused with youngsters look like?

Defensively, the
Fire need to find out what they have in Watson-Siriboe given that CJ Brown may
retire and Wilman Conde's status for next season is up in the air. 
Regardless of what Watson-Siriboe shows in the remaining six matches, center
back is a position that needs to be addressed at some point in the off-season
with a reliable addition.  Right back is also another area of concern. 
Steven Kinney has shown well at times but he lacks the pace to be a top caliber
right back.  Both Kinney and Robinson are serviceable at right back but an
upgrade here could be considered as a secondary need. 

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