Time for an early-morning drive down to Carson. Before we take off, here are some things you should know about today’s match.
- In order to further evaluate the players in camp, Tuesday’s game will have a 45 minute period followed by two 30-minute periods.
- On Monday’s weekly conference call, Frank Klopas indicated that new camp arrivals Arne Friedrich and Dilly Duka as well as Patrick Nyarko, who only did conditioning work during Phase One in Ave Maria would not be available for selection. All three are expected to suit up for Saturday’s game vs. San Jose.
- With the departure of Dominic Oduro on Monday, Klopas also mentioned that the team might utilize Brazilian attacker Alex as a second striker.
- Expect to see goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi make his first appearance of preseason after the team let him take longer to recover from his surgically repaired pinky finger as they evaluated trialing goalkeepers while in Ave Maria.
- Midfielder Corben Bone returned from his 10-day training stint with Atletico Madrid late Sunday night, trained for the first time with the team on Monday and is ready to go for Tuesday’s friendly.
- The Fire are 1-1-0 so far in preseason, defeating Florida Gulf Coast 2-0 (Jan. 27) and falling 2-1 to the Columbus Crew (Jan. 30).
- Chivas USA are 2-0-0 defeating UC-Irvine 4-1 (Jan. 26) and Santa Clarita Storm 4-1 (Jan. 30).
Signed Players Available for Selection (16)
Goalkeepers (1): Paolo Tornaghi
Defenders (5): Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Steven Kinney, Logan Pause, Gonzalo Segares
Midfielders (8): Alex, Corben Bone, Brendan King, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere, Daniel Paladini, Wells Thompson, Michael Videira
Forwards (2): Sherjill MacDonald, Chris Rolfe
Signed Players Unavailable for Selection (9)
Goalkeepers: Sean Johnson (USMNT duty)
Defenders: Arne Friedrich (fitness), Hunter Jumper (injury), Tony Walls (waived pending exit physical)
Midfielders: Dilly Duka (fitness) Victor Pineda (injury), Patrick Nyarko (fitness),
Forwards: Kellen Gulley (loan potential), Maicon Santos (injury)
Unsigned Players Available for Selection (11)
Goalkeepers (3): James Belshaw**, Alec Kann^, Neal Kitson^
Defenders (2): John Gallagher**, Rauwshan McKenzie^
Midfielders (3) : Yazid Atouba*, Jose Alexander Pabon^, Trialist^
Forwards (3): Blake Brettschneider^, Kevin Mercado^, Dailos Tejera^, Trialist^
*-SuperDraft Selection, **-Supplemental Draft Selection, ^-Trialist