Meteors make adjustment; escape with victory

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Meteors make adjustment; escape with victory

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
10:28 p.m.

By Seamus Brennan
YourSeason.com

Timeouts can be a coachs best friend.

Hales guard Aaron Armstead hit a field goal to put No. 6 Hales up 17-7 in the opening minute of the second quarter. So De La Salle coach Tom White called a timeout and decided to put on the full-court press to slow down the Spartans.

The result: a dramatic shift in the games tempo and a Catholic League North conference title for the No. 3 Meteors as they pulled away with a 64-48 win at De Le Salle Friday night.

We had to change the tempo there because (Hales) is so damn athletic and long, White said. So that little bit of a switch slowed them down just enough.

Dre Henley led De La Salle with 20 points and was all smiles after the game.

It feels real good to win a championship, Henley said. Me and my team, we work really hard. We got a team full of killers.

Hales held a 26-23 lead after a first half that was jam-packed with action. There were six dunks all together, with one coming from Illinois-bound Mike Shaw. After that dunk, Shaw was whistled for a technical foul as he appeared to be trash talking. Shaw finished with seven points after fouling out with 2:59 left in the game.

Henley took a perfectly-fed alley-oop from sophomore Alvin Ellis with 3:42 left in the second quarter.

Hey, the crowd came to see a game, White said. Were going to play and so is Hales.

The Meteors outscored Hales 22-6 in the third quarter. Ellis had eight points in that quarter and Henley chipped in seven. Ellis, who came off the bench, finished with 17 points.

Ellis is coming off a great week, White said. Hes a sophomore, a 15-year-old doing those types of things.

Hales was never able to pull together a streak in the fourth quarter to close the gap as the closest it got was within nine points. De La Salle just wouldnt let up.

Its more personal than anything. A lot of people were hyping this game up saying it would be like 69-65 in overtime, Henley said. We won by almost 20 points. We wanted to send them home with an illness.

Armstead led Hales with 15 points.

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

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Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty

Midfield has been an area of focus this offseason for Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez and another new addition to that group was added on Monday.

The Fire have traded $400,000 in general allocation money in return for midfielder Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the trade.

McCarty was an All-Star in 2015 and part of the league's Best XI that season when he had eight assists to go with a goal. Last season he made 26 starts for the Red Bulls and totaled three goals and had five assists.

"Since the middle of 2016, we made acquiring Dax our No. 1 priority," Rodr√≠guez said in the club's press release. "We believe adding his character and leadership in the locker room, as well as his exceptional soccer abilities on the field, dramatically improves our team."

The last time McCarty played at Toyota Park was a 2-2 draw on July 31 when a Khaly Thiam tackle caused a fractured tibia, which forced McCarty to sit out a month.

McCarty got married on Saturday, which delayed his arrival to the current U.S. national team camp. McCarty's participation in national team camp means he will join the Fire's preseason already in progress. The final match of the camp is on Feb. 3 while the Fire are set to start preseason on January 23.

McCarty, 29, has spent the past five and a half seasons with the Red Bulls. He began his career by playing five seasons for FC Dallas and was with D.C. United for part of the 2011 campaign before being traded to the Red Bulls. As an 11-year league veteran and the Red Bulls' captain, McCarty adds leadership and experience which Rodriguez has prioritized this offseason.

The Fire already added a former MLS All-Star in midfield this offseason in Juninho. The pair could line up next to each other in the preferred 4-2-3-1 coach Veljko Paunovic used for most of last season. This also could potentially put Matt Polster's role with the team in question. As the roster stands now, the third-year midfielder would be competing for two veteran All-Star caliber midfielders who were brought in at a high price.

Not to suggest a position move is in the works for Polster, but he did split time between midfield and right back with the Fire in 2015 under coach Frank Yallop and played there for the U-23 national team in Olympic qualifying. Right back remains a position of need by Rodriguez's own admission.

The trade also adds further context to the Fire trading the No. 3 pick in the draft on Friday. The Fire swapped the pick for $250,000 in general allocation money from New York City FC and Tenorio is reporting the Fire will send $400,000 to the Red Bulls for McCarty. To add those two moves together, the Fire dealt the No. 3 overall pick and $150,000 of allocation money for McCarty.