16 April 2012
Posted in Chicago Fire
Fresh off the disappointment of last night's match that was called early, I woke up this morning moving a little slower than normal. Then something amazing happened...I read a tweet that changed my day.
Former Fire forward (say that three times fast), Chris Rolfe, is on his way back to Chicago. As a matter of fact, by the time I finish writing this post he will have landed at O'Hare International Airport.
It seems like only yesterday that I was writing about the lack of a second goal scorer upfront, and the misuse of Patrick Nyarko. Oh wait, it was yesterday. Rolfe comes back with 36 goals in 123 MLS appearances, 40 goals across all competitions, and an integral part of the Fire's last Open Cup title in 2006. Giggity.
I could go on and on for how awesome this news is, and how great it's going to be when Rolfe takes the field for the first time since his return, but everybody's been doing that all day, and frankly you already know that.
What I would like to briefly touch on is the fact that someone is going to have to sit with the arrival of Rolfe. Will it be Patrick Nyarko? Marco Pappa? Dare I say, Logan Pause?
My guess, if I had to make one, would be that Patrick Nyarko goes to the bench. However, I disagree with that move. Marco Pappa needs to move aside and let Nyarko slip back into the role he's been playing. We can use Pappa off the bench (and hopefully he'll be more motivated to not play like an idiot), or we can finally sell him to FC Twente, or whoever will still pay a $1 Million transfer fee for him.
Either way, the pairing of Rolfe/Oduro up front certainly has me more than a little excited, and I think that the Fire will certainly see more goal scoring opportunities created in the immediate future.
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