Thursday, July 15, 2004

Cold Fire

The Fire's winless streak reached six games last, meaning, naturally, GM Peter Wilt immediately jumped into the Nomar Garciaparra sweepstakes.

Andy William's first goal of the season gave the Fire the lead at halftime over the host Revs, but it failed to hold up as the Fire fell to the only team lingering below it in the Eastern Conference standings.

This is unfamiliar territory for the Fire, which has been a stellar franchise since its inception in 1998. The team's recent shortcomings, however, are somewhat forgiveable when pondering the balancing act coach Dave Sarachan has had to perform while DaMarcus Beasley and Chris Armas have been committed to the U.S. national team's World Cup qualifying campaign, and Williams and Damani Ralph have been busy doing the same with Jamaica. Factor in the offseason losses of Carlos Bocanegra and Zach Thornton, and the current struggles were quite predictable. The current outfit is a shell of last year's team that advanced to the MLS Cup and won the US Open Cup.

Beasley's on-again-off-again flirtations with a move to Europe haven't helped either. A move to Holland with PSV Eindhoven, one of Europe's most historic clubs, is the latest possibility.

The Fire desperatley needs help. Would Nomar help? At this point, his wife might...


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