Former Fire midfielder Marco Pappa signed a Major League Soccer contract again this week after leaving Heerenveen in the Netherlands, but that doesn't mean he's returning to Chicago.
Because the Fire accepted a transfer fee for Pappa when he left town in 2012, the club lost his MLS rights. Seattle has the top pick in the allocation order, and the Sounders aren't giving up it cheaply, Fire coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said Thursday on a conference call from Ave Maria, Fla., where the Fire is in preseason training.
"They want way too much for the value of that slot," Yallop said. "We tried our best to move up."
Reports say the Sounders are asking for midfielder Patrick Nyarko in return. That idea is a non-starter with the Fire.
"It doesn't look too good right now," Yallop said.
Yallop said training has gone well since the team arrived Sunday.
"It's been good so far," he said. "I'm generally pleased with most of the players."
One player who has stood out so far is homegrown midfielder Victor Pineda. The Bolingbrook native hasn't gotten much playing time with the first team the past couple of years, but that could change this season if he stays healthy.
Ready to go:
Yallop sounded like he has high hopes for Juan Luis Anangono, the Ecuadorean forward acquired last summer as a designated player.
"He likes to work hard, he wants to do well for his team and he's very hungry to score goals," Yallop said, noting Anangono came to camp in shape and feeling more comfortable with his teammates.
"I think the goals will come."
Ward of the Fire:
With the club on a trial basis is former Fire defender Tim Ward.
"He's looked OK," Yallop said.
Ward also played for Yallop in San Jose but has had injury problems the past couple of seasons.
"I'll see if I can get the best out of him and see if he sticks on the roster," Yallop said.
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