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  • The Fire's Logan Pause, seen here in action last season, could make his 2013 debut Sunday against Chivas USA.

      The Fire's Logan Pause, seen here in action last season, could make his 2013 debut Sunday against Chivas USA.
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The weather forecast for Sunday calls for temperatures in the mid-30s and a chance of snow -- a great way to welcome a team from Los Angeles.

Training in this weather hasn't been fun for the Fire, however.

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"I wish we were in warm-weather training," Fire coach Frank Klopas said. "It's not so easy with the wind 30-40 mph and it's 18 below (wind chill). It's very difficult. You have to do it, get out there."

With starting goalkeeper Sean Johnson called into duty with the U.S. national team for its World Cup qualifiers, Paolo Tornaghi will get the start Sunday against Chivas USA (4 p.m., Channel 50).

"It's freezing, it's really freezing," the Italian goalkeeper said. "It feels like minus-8. I've never played in temperatures like this."

Captain's log:

Logan Pause could make his 2013 debut Sunday against Chivas USA after missing the first three games with a quad injury.

"I'm feeling good," Pause said. "I'm just trying to improve physically, both my fitness and my health and then be available to help the team in some capacity."

It has been tough on the team captain watching his teammates go winless and goalless through the first three games.

"It's part of the responsibility of being a leader on the team," he said. "You want to be out there to help the guys. I'm itching to get back and help these guys on the field."

Pause played much of the preseason at right back, but with Joel Lindpere to miss Sunday's match while away for World Cup qualifiers, Pause could return to central midfield.

"I've kind of been all over the place. Just haven't been in goal yet," he joked.

Coach Frank Klopas wasn't ready to commit to playing Pause just yet.

"He trained a little bit today, and it seemed like his back was bothering him and his hamstring, so we'll see," Klopas said.

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