MLSsoccer.com took a deep dive on Thursday into how the current edition of the Men In Red were brought together, courtesy of New Media Editor Ben Baer. The article features commentary from Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and attempts to uncover the mindset behind the roster building process Rodriguez and his staff have put in place. An excerpt:
The team has collected 12 points in their first nine games, placing them in sixth place in a much improved Eastern Conference. The start is their best since the last time they made the playoffs in 2012.
They acquired over the past offseason core players in central midfielders Dax McCarty and Juninho, along with a star player in Bastian Schweinsteiger. Nemanja Nikolic, also acquired prior to this season, looks to be a consistent goalscorer up top, as he has scored six goals in his first nine games. In addition to winger David Accam, it’s clear that the Fire are beginning to take shape.
“We want to try and build something that is sustainable and history has shown that those teams that seem to have 4-5 years of a good run and of sustained success have a core of players that they get to keep together and I think we’re closer to that core,” Rodriguez told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday.