Marco Pappa set to shine

Fire will rely on Pappa for creative spark

February 28, 2010
By Jeff Carlisle, Special to ESPNsoccernet
Breaking up may be hard to do, but you'd never know it by the way the Chicago Fire have moved on after the offseason departure of Cuauhtemoc Blanco.

In 2009, Blanco was the face -- and feet -- of the Fire. He was a player who put butts in the seats while dazzling fans with his panache in the attacking third. But when his contract expired at the end of the campaign, Blanco opted to return to Mexico with second-division side Veracruz, and as 2010 dawns, the Fire seem determined to put their ...

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