Thursday, May 31, 2007


Aside from the first week of preparation for the Gold Cup, the current USMNT camp is sort of a reunion of the old Chicago Fire.

Bob Bradley, Peter Nowak, Ante Razov, Jesse Marsch, DaMarcus Beasley and Carlos Bocanegra have been present at camp all week. The Fire enjoyed three seasons with this particular bunch intact, the best of which was the first season they were all together - in 2000, when the Fire reached MLS Cup.

Here's what Jesse Marsch had to say about the former Fire players, all of whom have moved on from Chicago.

"That’s cool. It’s good to catch up with all these old guys. We certainly had some great times and some great games back in the day. Peter said to me today ‘You wish I was still playing’ and I said ‘Yeah, I do.’ It’s good. We all had a lot of respect for each other so when we get together again, it feels nice to see people, catch up and then get back on the field and get after it a little bit."

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