- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 14, 2007
- 2 Comments
I kinda decided yesterday to just let the Seattle news take over this place and put this story on the backburner and let it simmer some in my brain. But another future Hall-of-Famer has decided to step down this season and follow in the footsteps of Cobi Jones and Eddie Pope. Chicago’s Chris Armas announced he is set to retire after a long and fairly successful career with the Fire.
Injuries may have done the worst to make this announcement happen as soon as it did but Armas still had a good career with the Fire. During his 12 years in the league with LA and Chicago, Armes netted 12 goals and helped out on 48 others.
His stats don’t speak the story though of how much he meant to his club. He was one of the best defensive midfielders that the league has ever seen.
He helped the Fire to a MLS Cup in their first season and chipped in on four US Open Cup titles.
One thing I loved when I read more information about Armas’s career was how he shut down some major players in the league back in 1998. The likes of Marco Etcheverry, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Preki and Carlos Valderrama totaled 35 goals and 60 assists in 100 games that season. When they went up against Armas, there was a precipitous drop in their production. They combined for only two goals and four assists in 15 games against the Fire, including the playoffs.
I see Armas going into coaching in the next year or two. Probably as an assistant under Bob Bradley with the National team or with a MLS somewhere. I don’t exactly know which club he would be a good fit with as a coach right now but I can expect someone will give him an offer.
With Armas leave though I think this puts the Fire in a prime position to go out and grab a key player that could put them over the hump next season. Yes, I am talking about the Fire trading for Claudio Reyna. I see Reyna not being protected by his club in next week’s expansion draft (more on that later) and also I see him taking a lower contract next season and being traded away due to some issues that have been reported about him and the Red Bulls.
Reyna would be perfect for the Fire I think because he still has a couple years left and I mainly want to see the combination of Blanco and Reyna on the field together. That is a big reason why I am calling for the Fire to step up and make this deal sometime this winter. I know their coach has some ties with Reyna and wouldn’t mind doing a deal for him.
Question is will the Red Bulls allow it? I think so after the type of season he had with them. Not quite what they wanted out of a DP player really.
What do you think of this kind of deal? Should it happen? Why or why not? Let me hear it…