Fire needs to prevent early lapses, particularly with Logan Pause injured
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media August 17, 2012 9:16PM
Davy Arnaud; Logan Pause;
Updated: September 19, 2012 6:14AM
After a long professional career both at the club and international levels, Fire head coach Frank Klopas sometimes needs to take a seat to rest his ailing knees.
Lately, though, it’s a mystery why his blood pressure isn’t more of a concern.
Klopas has somehow remained a pillar of calm this season as he’s watched his team time and again rally from early deficits. Sunday’s 3-1 win in Philadelphia was the second straight such win and sixth of the season.
It isn’t ideal, but the Fire’s resiliency has given Klopas a reason to stay composed.
‘‘We always talk about [the slow starts], but the game is 90 minutes,’’ Klopas said. “So nobody wants to give up a goal, obviously, but then you’ve got to deal with it and move on. The last game we were playing on the road, and mistakes were made, but then I thought we rebounded well.”
When the Fire hosts the New England Revolution on Saturday at Toyota Park, starting strong will be an even greater priority than normal.
For the first time this season, the Fire will be without captain and midfielder Logan Pause, who has started all 23 games.
Pause will be out four to six weeks after breaking two ribs in Sunday’s win. The loss is a crucial one for the Fire.
Either Corben Bone or Alex will get the start in the midfield next to Pavel Pardo.
“It’s going to be a challenge for whoever Frank decides to put in there because Logan does so much for us and just covers a lot of ground, allows other players to have more freedom attacking, and it’s a big responsibility for whoever steps in there for us,” midfielder Chris Rolfe said.
NOTE: The controversy surrounding midfielder Sebastian Grazzini finally came to an end Friday when the Fire announced it had loaned Grazzini out to Atlético de Rafaela. Grazzini returned to Argentina in early July to deal with what the team had called “personal matters.” He had two goals and five assists in 14 starts for the Fire this season.