After weeks of speculation about a deal to bring defender Bakary Soumare back to the Fire, an agreement has finally been reached. Details of the trade are still being finalized but Soumaré has left Philadelphia and is headed to back to Chicago. The deal apparently still includes the Union picking up a big portion of Soumaré's contract but how much is unclear.
The Fire would need to make a move to make room for Soumaré's salary (even at a reduced rate) and it's expected that the move will involve the retirement of Arne Friedrich. The Soumaré trade should be made official relatively soon.
It's going to be busy around Toyota Park as the club is still working on a deal with Los Angeles for the rights to Robbie Rogers.
The trade is now official. The Fire have sent a 2014 second round pick and undisclosed (is there any other kind?) allocation money to Philadelphia in exchange for Bakary Soumaré. The Fire travel to Real Salt Lake this weekend and Soumaré will be available for selection.
“We’re excited to have Bakary rejoin the Chicago Fire,” said President of Andell Sports Group Javier Leon, who apparently has a new title. “Bakary is a strong, dependable defender with experience in MLS and abroad. His addition to our roster will help us challenge both in MLS and for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. We know that Bakary considers Chicago to be his home and we’re happy to welcome him back to the Fire family.”
The Fire seemingly have been holding on to allocation money in order to make a move in July but injuries and Soumaré's availability necessitate a move now. Once Arne Friedrich's situation is cleared up and another move or two is completed the Fire should theoretically be able to get more in allocation for July reinforcements.