Three options not renewed; Segares move is a gamble

The Fire are taking a gamble that could backfire if another club feels that Gonzalo Segares is enough of an asset at left back to warrant a salary in excess of $200,000.00.  Surprisingly, the club did not renew his option for 2013 making him available for the Re-Entry Draft on Friday afternoon.  Segares' base salary of $210,000.00 in 2012 made him the fourth highest paid player on the team at the end of the season.  It would appear that the club is rolling the dice that no team will be willing to pay that amount for a left back during the draft, after which they can renegotiate his return at a lower base salary in exchange for a longer term contract.

Per MLS rules players whose options are not renewed are eligible for selection in the Re-Entry Draft.  If that player is not selected during the first phase of the draft the club can renegotiate his return at another wage.  If the player does not re-sign with his original club after phase one he is eligible for selection in phase two at which point the new club making the selection can negotiate a contract with the player.  The move to make Segares available is a gamble but it might be an unnecessary one with no apparent replacement at left back currently on the squad.  The lack of quality at the position throughout the league should make Segares, a popular and productive player over the course of his career in Chicago an attractive option regardless of salary.  Hunter Jumper is on the roster but it's not likely that he is ready to assume a full time roll as a left back in MLS.  Dan Gargan filled in at left back this season when Segares was not available but his days in Chicago appear to be numbered.

Corben Bone, a former first round Superdraft selection and back up goalkeeper Jay Nolly were also made available for Re-Entry when their options were declined.  Neither of those moves was a surprise but the Fire could be left scrambling for a plan B if Segares finds his way onto a club that suddenly has allocation money available or has cleared their roster of multiple players ahead of Friday's draft.

Things to consider

Only three players were selected during last year's Re-Entry draft.  Defenders Danleigh Borman ($42k) and Carlos Mendes ($98k) and midfielder Arturo Alvarez ($192K).

The league will make public the entire list of players eligible for the draft on Wednesday or Thursday.   Some players whose contracts have expired and did not have an option for 2013 have not been identified as of yet.

Losing Segares will not be a popular move with the core fan base and it brings to mind the mess Houston created for themselves last season when Brian Ching was selected by Montreal.  We'll see how this plays out on Friday.



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  • What makes you think Gargan is on the way out? I didn't get that impression. Because we have 4 right backs?

  • In reply to iron81:

    Educated guess.

  • "Dan Gargan...days in Chicago appear to be numbered." What makes you say this? Are there rumors he's moving on? He provides great depth in back. Is this a situation where he's not happy riding pine a la Oduro?

  • What a list of Fire related players in the re-entry draft:
    Jay Nolly
    Gonzalo Segares
    Corben Bone
    Stephen King
    Chad Barrett
    Justin Mapp
    Tim Ward
    John Thorrington

  • In reply to Fuegofan:

    Chad did not make it in Europe? Is that a surprise?

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    No surprise. He joined Valarenga on loan for the last 13 games of their season. He started 5 games, was subbed off around the 60-min mark in 4 of those, and did not score a goal. He was an unused sub for the next 6 games and did not make the roster for the last 2 games.

    LA had to get him off their books to make room for Wilhelmsson and that was an awesomely beneficial trade-off for them.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    I wonder if he was subbed out in the 60th minute for cramping or just bad play?

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Let's see. He starts 5 games, scores 0 goals and then never plays again. And you're wondering about cramps? ;-)

  • In the pursuit of trying to pin down the ever evolving process of what MLS calls "rules" it appears that players that are eligible for the re-entry draft and have had their options declined have the option of continuing to negotiate with their teams and can opt out of the re- entry draft. If a new agreement is reached by Thursday, the player can elect to withdraw from the draft with the current club retaining the rights to the player.

  • Off the topic......sad news in the soccer world. Former Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero passed away in Mexico. He was declared brain dead; he was 41 years old. Pachuca defeated the LA Galaxy in a shootout to win the 2007 Superliga championship. He stopped Landon Donovan's PK to seal the championship.

  • In reply to longoria3:

    I was sorry to hear that. Calero always reminded me of a pirate--he was a lot of fun to watch, and a quality goalkeeper as well.

  • Sad stuff. Quality player. Waay to young seems like only yesterday he beat LA in PKs for interliga or whatever it was called

  • Sean Johnson training with Stoke City and Everton this winter.....

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    In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I'm happy to see this. Sean needs some seasoning with the likes of those solid defending clubs.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Athletico, Everton, Stoke City... all great experience for SJ. Awesome for him to train again with Howard and the US Nats goalkeeper coach. And he'll have another Yank at Stoke in Geoff Cameron to hang with.

    The downside of this is that I don't see him staying long in Chicago if he keeps improving... but if we can get another year or two of his services with his GA average going steadily down, particularly with Berry and Friedrich in front of him (who knows about the fullbacks...), I'll take it.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    If he does end up moving to a top-flight league I'll gladly be the first one to rub it in for all of the people that were clamoring for Paulo Tornaghi to start in place of SJ at the start of the season, post-Olympic qualifying be damned! Don't get me wrong, if SJ does leave in the near future, PT will make a great replacement however there shouldn't ever be a doubt who the Fire #1 'keeper is while SJ is with the Men in Red.

  • Check out the latest episode of Red Priests. I join the group for MLS Cup talk and more......

  • word on the street is sega was resigned to a multi-yr deal

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