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Sherjill MacDonald has no goals, but is staying the course

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Updated: May 29, 2013 8:03AM

Exactly how long the Fire is willing to wait for forward Sherjill MacDonald to round into form is unclear.

But MacDonald, the team’s highest paid player and its only designated player, understands time isn’t his ally.

MacDonald has yet to score a goal through seven games. After being benched for the opener against the Galaxy, he has started the last six games but hasn’t played a full 90 minutes this season.

MacDonald’s frustration became noticeable in last Saturday’s 1-0 home win over the Columbus Crew when he was subbed out of the game, but walked off the field — wasting time while the game was tied.

The result was a public altercation with captain Logan Pause who was yelling at MacDonald to run toward the sideline.

“I’m still a team player,” MacDonald said. “Of course I want to play, but that was just an emotional reaction and I apologized to the group about it so we just move on.

“The only thing you can do if you don’t finish your chances is to work for the team hard. I always believe in working hard.”

While MacDonald wants to move forward from the incident, he does feel the Columbus game is one he can build on when the Fire travels to Montreal to take on the Impact Saturday.

MacDonald was close to converting numerous opportunities against Columbus. All that remains for him is to finish those chances, which was an emphasis in his training this week.

MacDonald’s improvement has been noticed by coach Frank Klopas, who denies that the forward’s salary has any impact on whether he starts.

“I really don’t care about that,” Klopas said. “If I had pressure on that then he would have been on the field the first game in L.A. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m going to make the best decisions I believe for the team.”

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