- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 20, 2009
- 0 Comments
- Bakary Soumare, Denis Hamlett
I’m sure you’ve all seen the reports by now, Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare got into a little bit of a wrestling match with manager Denis Hamlett last week during halftime of the Chicago-Houston game. Soumare was subbed out for the start of the second half but that isn’t even half of the story according to Luis Arroyave who returned to write about soccer for a day yesterday.
Hamlett was asked about Soumare’s status before last night’s 2-0 loss to the LA Galaxy and what was said pretty much spoke volumes about where Soumare is these days.
“He isn’t committed to the team, his teammates or the organization. As a coach, I can’t put a player on the field that is not 100 percent committed.”
Pretty much Soumare doesn’t want to play for Hamlett and Hamlett doesn’t want Soumare to play for him. Judging by the play out of the Fire last night you have to wonder if other players are on Soumare’s side in this one.
I highly doubt the Fire will be able to trade Soumare and get a decent enough deal out of things with another MLS club. When you have an All-Star defender that could arguable be one of the best in the league you know you won’t get a fair trade out of it. Reports suggest an offer is out there from a French club.
Needless to say this is a massive blow to the Fire. Based on things last night this club could be incline for a big dip in level of play if things don’t change in the club house right away. With veteran Brian McBride already out for a while things could get dicey for a club that should be contending for the Supporter’s Shield.
Some will call for Hamlett’s head based on what happened and how he seemingly started the physical part of the “fight” with Soumare. I’ve said before that based on expectations to this season that if the Fire fade away late in the year that Hamlett could easily be placed on the hot seat for it.
What do you think of this news? Should Hamlett be let go? Will the Fire be able to turn things around?