The Fire will host the Philadelphia Union on May 11. It's possible Bakary Soumare will be there even if he's not a member of the visiting team.
In the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Podcast, Soumare talks about his return to MLS last season and where he could be headed this year. Chicago is in the running but there are issues that need to be worked out before a trade can be facilitated. The issues and the trade talk is all right here.
Soumare acknowledged that the Union have dealt with him professionally in trying to facilitate a move but he's still unsure why he's not playing or even dressing. "I've asked for a trade for many different reasons," said Soumare. "Not only because I wasn't starting but just because I felt there was a lack of communication and maybe I've lost a little bit of trust for my employers".
What role did Peter Nowak and Diego Gutierrez play in bringing him to Philadelphia and how has their departures affected his current situation? What are his options within MLS and abroad? Would he be open to staying in Philadelphia if a trade can't be worked out? Soumare candidly addresses each of these questions.
"Chicago is my home now. I've made it my home since I played there and it's going to be my home when I'm done playing soccer so whether I go back there now or I go back there in 5 or 6 years it doesn't matter. I'll end up there at some point."