Fire wants to add another offensive threat to help Mike Magee
BY SETH GRUEN For Sun-Times Media June 14, 2013 10:51PM
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Updated: July 16, 2013 6:32AM
The Fire’s offense has experienced a revival the last two weeks, but the front office knows it must continue to score off the field.
Forward Mike Magee has provided a quick fix for an offense that was shut out in six of 11 games before his arrival. But the team can’t rely on one player for long.
With the Fire off for the weekend, the decision-makers will have an ideal opportunity to evaluate the team ahead of the summer transfer window, which opens July 9.
“We’re very actively looking to see if there’s an opportunity to bring in a player that can help us get better,” Fire president of soccer operations Javier Leon said. “I think the focus would be in trying to bring someone more on the offensive side because I think we still need to find a way to score more goals.”
That won’t be an easy task, but the Fire has a versatile roster, which gives Leon leeway to cast a wider net.
If the Fire is to go after another striker to pair with Magee, coach Frank Klopas can move Chris Rolfe back to the midfield.
Since rejoining the Fire in the middle of last season, Rolfe has played as a striker in a 4-4-2 setup, as a withdrawn striker and in all three attacking midfield positions.
Most recently, in the Fire’s 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, Rolfe started as a striker but was moved to outside midfield after Klopas made a substitution to push the tempo.
Rolfe looked comfortable at the position and has trained there this season. Also, Rolfe’s ability to break down defenders one-on-one as an outside midfielder would help stretch out opposing back lines and open up the middle for players such as Magee.
“He gives us flexibility because he’s played out wide, and he’s a guy that likes to cut in, and he’s pretty dynamic and dangerous,” Klopas said. “I just think he gives us flexibility. With most of our guys, they’re able to play in different spots.”