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Umanzor finally checks in

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Fire coach Carlos de los Cobos doesn't have to wait for Deris Umanzor any longer. The defender on El Salvador's national team practiced with the Fire for the first time this week. Some paperwork still needs to be completed before he can appear in a game, however, so he may not be in the lineup for the Fire's home opener against San Jose on Saturday.
Umanzor trained briefly with the Fire in the preseason and played well going all 90 minutes in the last warmup game against Houston before returning to El Salvador.
De los Cobos, who coached El Salvador's national team the last four seasons, has made no secret of his desire to get Umanzor on the Fire roster. He projects him as the starting left back, a position played by Mike Banner in the season opener at New York and by Krzysztof Krol in the second game at Colorado.
Saturday's meeting with San Jose could mean a reunion with former goalkeeper Jon Busch. He signed with the Earthquakes and reported for his first practice on Monday. He was signed as Joe Cannon's backup, however, so Busch might not be in goal against his former teammates.

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Ok, I will bite. Anything that could help the porous defense exhibited by the fire in the first two games will be a welcome addition. What you don't get with the national telecasts is a lot of info about the Fire's personnel situation. How serious is Conde's injury? What happened to Segares? When C.J. Brown is trotted out as a stopper, they are in serious trouble.

Also, who the heck is playing midfield on this team, and hopefully they won't be foregoing the search for a midfielder based on the slim chance that Guatemoc will return.

I am concerned that the style of the Fire will become too latin, with technical skill, but no physical or aggressive touch.

they have to get Conde back and have CJ back on the bench where he belongs.

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