Fire Lose Thorrington and Lowry

The Fire lost midfielders Peter Lowry and John Thorrington in today's MLS expansion draft.  As most expected the relatively inexpensive and productive Lowry was the type of player that would draw some interest from expansion teams.  Lowry was selected in the 7th round by the Portland Timbers.

The Fire gambled that John Thorrington's salary and injury history would keep him from being drafted but Vancouver's Tom Soehn took a chance on him with the final pick of the draft.  Thorrington is a valuable asset when healthy but staying on the field has been a problem throughout his career. 

The central attacking midfield spot is now even more of a concern with the loss of two players who filled that spot in 2010.  Baggio Husidic and Bratislav Ristic can play the position but the Fire still need a creative impact player in the #10 role in order to adequately play the system they are trying to implement. 

Frank Klopas' offseason checklist just got longer but the loss of Thorrington opens up even more valuable salary cap space. 

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  • Here's the complete draft pick by pick........

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2010-expansion-draft-pick-pick

  • In reply to cesba:

    Apparently L.A. and Red Bull are immune from the draft.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    They didn't have much available since most of their cash is tied up in a handful of players. The guys they made available apparently weren't very attractive to Vancouver or Portland.

  • Sure Thorrington was unexpected but the guy isn't that good. He is not a very good attacking player and his defensive qualities leave alot to be desired. He is good for a yellow card a game that he plays in and causes unnecessary fights with the opposition. Losing Lowry is a bigger loss than Thorrington. If we can keep Freddie than it won't hurt us too much.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The ball is in Ljungberg's court in this case. He's currently exploring options and weighing supposed offers outside of MLS. Whether or not he returns will depend on how much another team outside of MLS is willing to pay for him. The Fire are interested in keeping him if the price isn't insanely high.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I, for one, am sure glad we held onto Mike Banner instead of Lowry.

    (In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic.)

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    I'd rate Lowry ahead of Banner every day of the week.

  • In reply to cesba:

    Let's hope that this move allows Bone to step in and perform like Lowry did this season and Stephen King has in previous seasons.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Good point....Bone should have shot to earn some time now.

  • In reply to Ufficio:

    DC United trades Rodney Wallace and a 4th round pick to Portland for Dax McCarty

  • In reply to cesba:

    Smart trade. Think DC will take Banner and Carr for McCarty?

  • In reply to fireman451:

    Banner is untouchable........just kidding.

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