Now the Dominic Oduro trade doesn't look so bad.
The Fire have traded the rights to Robbie Rogers, acquired in the Dilly Duka for Oduro deal to the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for Chicago native Mike Magee. The 28 year old forward/midfielder has scored 6 times for the Galaxy this year equaling the Fire's output for the entire season and will be a welcome addition to a struggling offense. Although he hasn't historically been a high output goal producer (42 goals in 232 career MLS games) he is a solid performer who has provided numerous clutch scores for Los Angeles since joining them in 2009.
The Fire have been negotiating with Los Angeles over the last few weeks while attempting to come to an agreement on the fair market value of Rogers' rights. It seems that in Magee, Chicago has maximized the potential trade value in terms of players available on the Galaxy roster. The Fire have managed to upgrade their roster by adding a veteran who is capable of finishing capably at the forward spot. Although he may not be be quite as dangerous without Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane to play off of, he should be a solid contributor.
Magee is slated to make $191,667.00 guaranteed compensation according to the latest player's union report so there should be moves accompanying this one in order to facilitate Magee's place on the roster and another July reinforcement. It should be an interesting next few weeks as the Fire seemingly aren't done shaking things up yet. It didn't seem possible that Chicago could wrangle Magee out of Bruce Arena a few weeks ago but Javier Leon and company played their hand well enough to get it done.
If the Fire don't manage to rebound from a 2-7-1 slump to start the season, they're at least going to make it interesting.