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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A moment of pause for Fire's Pause

By Charlie Corr

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire defensive midfielder Logan Pause had some rough sequences on the field of play during the team's first two matches. But the difficult moment for him now is that he is not sure when he will get back on the pitch.
Pause missed Saturday's home opener against the San Jose Earthquakes because of a left knee sprain that he suffered during the Fire's 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids in their second match of the season.

Logan Pause
After two rough games, Logan Pause is dealing with a left knee sprain that kept him off the pitch Saturday.

"It was a play when [Rapids forward] Omar Cummings and I got tangled up toward the end of the game," Pause said. "My toe caught on the ground, and I basically landed on the back of my leg."

For Pause, this is a relatively new setback, because historically he has been one of the more durable players on the pitch who you could count on regularly.

"I've had -- knock on wood -- very fortunate health over the years," Pause said. "I haven't had big surgeries. I've had a sports hernia and some other things that have set me back a little bit. But relatively speaking, I've been healthy."
Pause's start to the 2010 season did not open the way he would have hoped. The most obvious blemish came during the team's 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls, when his pass attempt was intercepted by the Red Bulls and they marched down the field to score their lone goal. It was not at all reminiscent of the player who last season was a consistent fixture on the defensive side of the ball, while also being named tothe U.S. Men's National Team for last year's CONCACAF Gold Cup.

"It's a frustrating time. I want to be out there helping the team," Pause said. "I'm just trying to move this thing along and be back as soon as possible. It's a day-by-day thing. As of now, I don't have too much knowledge of knowing when I'll be back. It's still bothering me."

Rolfe posts Denmark update: On Chicago-Fire.com, former Fire midfielder Chris Rolfe submitted a blog entry updating his time with Danish club Aalborg. This past weekend Rolfe made his first start for Aalborg and assisted a goal. Read about the non-stop snow, the expensive -- and poor-tasting -- version of a Danish McDonald's, and much more. He caps off his entry with a reality check for Fire players and supporters (and perhaps some of us covering the team on a regular basis): "Don't forget that the [Columbus] Crew started last season winless in their first seven games and finished with the Supporter's Shield. It's a long season."

Valid point.

CSN, Univision partner with Fire: The Fire already had one broadcast on Comcast SportsNet last week, but the team made it official Tuesday that CSN and Univision Radio are the organization's official broadcast partners for the 2010 MLS season. This is the first year that locally-produced Fire matches are broadcast in high definition.