Will Roster Changes Make Chicago Fire Better or Worse in 2010?

For the third straight season, and the fourth out of five years, the Chicago Fire made the semifinals in the MLS playoffs.

Apparently, that wasn’t enough for management.

The Fire had a surprising roster turnover heading into the 2010 season. Chicago let go of head coach Dennis Hamlett and brought in Carlos de los Cobos, the former head coach of the El Salvador National Team.

Forward Chris Rolfe and left fullback Gonzalo Segares left for Europe, and designated player Cuauhtemoc Blanco went home to Mexico.

The most surprising move, however, was the release of goalkeeper Jon Busch just days before the start of the season.

Busch was the 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and started all 30 regular season games for the Fire the past two seasons. He matched a team record with 10 shutouts both years.

Busch has stated he felt “blindsided by the whole scenario.”

Instead, the Fire will turn the spo...

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