General manager Nelson Rodriguez recalls the excitement he felt when the Fire emerged from the 2016 preseason with an unblemished record.
The Fire promptly followed that up with a regular season that produced only seven victories and a MLS-worst 31 points.
So after the Fire wrapped up this preseason with a 6-0 mark, Rodriguez couched his enthusiasm. He traded enthusiasm for a cautious optimism that is also peppered with confidence based on a team he feels is better equipped to fac
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