Fire: Jones, Cyrus called up by T&T for friendly vs. Mexico


Fire: Jones, Cyrus called up by T&T for friendly vs. Mexico

Fire defenders Joevin Jones and Daneil Cyrus - the team's deadline-day signing at the close of the summer transfer window - were called up by Trinidad and Tobago for the upcoming friendly against Mexico, the club announced Friday.

Head coach Stephen Hart included the pair in the 20-man squad to face the eventual champions on Sept. 4 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah after leading the Soca Warriors to a first-place finish in Group C of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup before crashing out at the quarterfinal stage. 

Jones and Cyrus join David Accam (Ghana) and Matt Polster (United States; U-23s) who are set to miss the Men in Red's trip to Montreal to face the Impact on Sept. 5 through international duty. Jones will depart following Saturday's match against Orlando City SC.

Jones has started all 20 regular season games in which he's appeared in this season, and will be seeking his 43rd cap. Cyrus, who's yet to feature for the Fire, will be looking to earn his 44th appearance with the national team.   

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The full Trinidad and Tobago roster:

Goalkeepers (2): Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic FC)

Defenders (7): Daneil Cyrus (Chicago Fire), Yohance Marshall (Murciélagos FC), Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Køge), Gavin Hoyte (Barnet FC), Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy), Mekeil Williams (Antigua GFC), Neveal Hackshaw (North East Stars)

Midfielders (7): Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge), Khaleem Hyland (KVC Westerlo), Kevan George (Columbus Crew), Keron Cummings (North East Stars), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire), Marcus Joseph (Central FC)

Forwards (4): Willis Plaza (Central FC), Trevin Caesar (Austin Aztex), Jonathan Glenn (Breiðablik), Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2)

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?


Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon


Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.