This afternoon, the Fire's President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon acknowledged that talks are ongoing with Robbie Rogers and the Los Angeles Galaxy pertaining to the player's future in MLS. While the Fire would prefer to negotiate a deal with Rogers to play in Chicago the club will continue to listen to offers which would facilitate a move to Los Angeles now that the Galaxy has officially expressed interest in pursuing a trade.
"Now that the Galaxy are interested in getting his rights, we need to be able to find a solution for the value that we’d be giving up. If at this moment the Galaxy are going to say they want him, we would expect to get a similar value," said Leon while also citing that acquiring Rogers' rights from Columbus was a key component of the Duka for Oduro trade. "When we traded for Robbie’s rights with Columbus and we gave up a player like Dominic Oduro, we were happy to receive a young player in Dilly who we believe has tremendous upside potential. But most importantly at the time, the main motivation was to get the rights to Robbie.”
The Fire believe Rogers would be a starter on this team and are expecting value commensurate to a quality starter in return. Leon and Fire owner Andrew Hauptman met with Rogers and his agent last week and relayed their interest in having him join the club if he should decide that playing outside of the LA area was an option. Seattle has expressed an interest as well but it seems Rogers' desire to play closer to family in California is the driving factor in a move to Los Angeles.
"We will speak to them and listen to what they have to say," said Leon. No timetable has been set by any of the parties involved for a deal to get done.
Leon also commented on talks with the Philadelphia Union regarding defender Bakary Soumare by saying that some discussions took place but the two sides were too far apart for a deal to be reached. No talks are currently ongoing but Leon added, "We're open to having additional discussion".
Reserves lose to Houston
The Fire Reserves dropped a 2-0 decision in Houston this morning with a very thin squad on hand. The only available substitute was goalkeeper Alec Kann and the Fire were forced to finish the game with 10 field players after Yazid Atouba left with an injury in the 77th minute. Several trialists/guest players filled in along with Academy player Joel Leon.
D Luis Zapata, Joel Leon, Sam Klos, Mike Videira
M Shaunoven Wilson, Yazid Atouba, Corben Bone, Brendan King
F Alex, Quincy Amarikwa
- Frank Klopas told reporters today that Maicon Santos would be unavailable for at least a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury
- Klopas also revealed that the Patrick Nyarko/Chris Rolfe pairing up top would have been his starting choice on Saturday regardless of Sherjill MacDonald's status for the game. MacDonald was still home recovering from strep throat and was not at training this morning.