Rogers deal in the works? - Soumare trade update and more

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.

Soumare trade 

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.

GK Tornaghi

D Luis Zapata, Joel Leon, Sam Klos, Mike Videira

M Shaunoven Wilson, Yazid Atouba, Corben Bone, Brendan King

F Alex, Quincy Amarikwa

Tuesday notes

  • 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.




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  • So what will the league force the Fire to trade Rogers to LA for? 4th round supplemental pick, allocation money and a soccer ball?

    Oh wait we are talking about the league and LA so we will have to trade Rogers and allocation money to LA for the rights to a soccer ball.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    I would think the league will only step in if a trade agreement can't be reached. The league can't afford to feed the perception that they're favoring LA (more than they already do anyway).

    I still don't believe LA will part with Magee, which is the first name that comes to mind for many.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Like I read somewhere , McGee is a product of the talent around him how was he playing without Landon, Beckham, and Keane? Will he score playing next to McDonald or Rolfe? Kinda like that young home grown forward they had that was scoring goals then was traded and didn't do anything after that.

    I think Villareal or Juninho would be an even trade. their draft pick will be to low.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    I agree. Magee wouldn't be as good here as he is with the Galaxy. Their draft pick would be of little value since it would essentially be a second round equivalent.

    I've said all along they should ask for Magee and allocation and eventually settle for a boat load of allocation. Allocation that can be used for new players would be the most valuable asset they could get.

  • When you used the phrase "quality starter on this team" to describe what we might expect to receive in return for Rogers, I lost interest. These days that's a pretty low standard.

    I do NOT want to see Soumare back in a Fire jersey either.

    Want to pique my interest? Let's have a meaningful chat about trading for new Chicago-based owners!

  • In reply to Arklow:

    Not trading for Soumadre was the best move they have made in two years.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    They've got more pressing needs than Soumare. I don't blame them at all for passing unless they got everything in the deal in their favor.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    Not saying much...

  • Guys why not give LA a first round pick Rogers Leon and klopas for just about anybody on the galaxy. It would be the best deal since blanco came to town. Speaking of blanco why not name him head coach. Now that would bring some excitement to Chi town.

  • In reply to brokerjohn:

    Blanco as a coach brings a smile to my face. It would be an unmitigated disaster but it would make the Chelis show at Chivas look boring.

  • Here's the midweek injury report for the Fire.

    Arne Friedrich – Hip Tightness
    Steven Kinney – Rt Quad Strain

    Hunter Jumper – Rt Groin Strain
    Victor Pineda – Rt Ankle Sprain
    Maicon Santos – Rt Shoulder Sprain
    Sherjill MacDonald – General Illness

  • One injury away from Brendan King.....

  • Btw, spread the word about this amazing event. If you love Hristo, you'll want to see this one night only screening of a doc about the legend himself. Mr. Stoichkov will also be in attendance.

  • USOC first round results.....

    We'll know more about who the Fire might play on May 28 later this afternoon. Never fear....the Michigan Bucks were eliminated last night.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    oh, goody.

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