Chris Rolfe is on the move one day after playing 60 minutes in a reserve match against Indy Eleven. The Fire have traded Rolfe to DC United in exchange for allocation money. After returning to the club in 2012 and scoring 8 goals, Rolfe struggled to find the net last season and was moved into a reserve role.
The Fire made Rolfe available in the MLS Re-entry draft this winter but renegotiated a new deal with the forward before he was eligible to be chosen in round 2. According to the latest MLSPU salary report Rolfe's guaranteed 2013 compensation was $248,333.00. His package for 2014 would have consumed even more valuable cap/budget space before renegotiation eased that number a bit.
The acquisition of players like Benji Joya, who joined the team via weighted lottery after Rolfe re-signed with the Fire and the emergence of Harry Shipp made him expendable. Considering the still relatively significant cap space his salary occupied it made sense for the Fire to find a suitor for the veteran forward. Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss now have some breathing room plus undisclosed allocation to continue looking for reinforcements.