The Chicago Fire leave for Vancouver on Tuesday to start a three-match road trip. The team will be missing a few players when taking on the Whitecaps on Wednesday.
David Accam's return from a knee sprain is nearing, but he won't make the flight to British Columbia. Coach Veljko Paunovic told reporters during his weekly conference call that the speedy Ghanaian will travel to Boston for the May 14 match at New England. The Vancouver match will be the sixth in a row that Accam has missed.
"(Accam) will join us for the game in Boston because we are working still on his fitness and we want to take advantage of this possibility to build up his fitness level," Paunovic said.
New signing Khaly Thiam will also not travel to Vancouver. The new midfielder doesn't have his visa yet.
"(Thiam) didn’t get his visa for Canada and he will not be on this trip to Vancouver, but he will also, same as David, join us in Boston," Paunovic said.
Thiam is coming off a full season in Hungary. The season ended on April 30 and Thiam made 31 appearances.
Paunovic said his fitness is good, but the Fire need to be careful to give him some rest so they don't wear him down. By the end of the MLS regular season at the end of October, Thiam will have gone 14 months without an offseason.
"The first three days we gave him off and recovered him," Paunovic said. "He also is not going to travel to Vancouver so we are also taking advantage of that to give him some rest and prepare him for the coming games. His quality obviously is very good on the ball. He is a guy who likes to have possession and that was something we were lacking of. I think he is going to help improve that part of the game and also he knows to score. He tries to score. He takes shots from distance and he is attacking the ball and everything we need at this point.”
Elsewhere on the injury front, John Goossens will still be out after suffering a sprained LCL. Matt Polster and Alex Morrell, who both missed the last match and were limited in practice last week, trained with the team on Monday and will travel to Vancouver.