Fan favorite Rolfe traded to DC United

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.

Filed under: 2014 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • I found the little spin on DC's website interesting: "Chicago’s playoff absence coincided with Rolfe’s move to Danish Superliga club Aalborg BK, where he played in 32 matches and tallied six goals."

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Probably just a wild coincidence that the playoff absence also coincided with Blanco's departure. ;)

  • Saw your tweet saying you think this will clear up roughly 300k in cap space, and a subsequent retweet by Steven Goff saying a chunk of Rolfe's salary will remain on the Fire's books. Do you still think we've cleared up that much? That would be great, and a seemingly fair trade all around. Sad to see Rolfe go, always loved him playing for us, but he's certainly not regained his previous form and effectiveness.

  • In reply to Tweaky:

    Have to remember that base salary and guaranteed salary are two different things. The guaranteed number is what's used to determine the cap total.

    The Fire are receiving allocation money and Rolfe was occupying a considerable amount of cap space. Even if a chunk of Rolfe's salary is still picked up by the Fire, a big chunk of space is now available when factoring in allocation has been acquired.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Good reminder, thanks! I like the trade. Can we now trade Anangono?! :)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Guillermo, what is the difference between base and guaranteed? I mean from the player's perspective? I never understood that...

  • In reply to manyou07:

    The base salary is just that....the base number of a players contract. Guaranteed compensation includes the base salary plus any signing and guaranteed bonuses annualized over the term of the contract. This is the number that is used for cap math.
    Rolfe's base salary for 2014 is probably close to his 2013 number but guaranteed compensation is what matters.

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    Anangono will be a goner by July, adding more cap space.
    I anticipate a major signing in the summer window.

  • In reply to Ron Stone:

    They're looking for a deal to send Anangono away, but it's important to remember, like with Sherjill MacDonald, a player who's producing is far easier (and subsequently, less likely) to loan out than a player who is, for lack of a better word, struggling.

    That said, I think it's apparent that Yallop has relegated JLA to a MacDonald-like 2nd half sub role, which I personally doubt we'll see him elevate from, short of going on an impressive run of goal scoring.

  • Looking rationally at this move, it's a good one for the Fire.

    But I admit I'm very sad to see Rolfe go. I've said before that it was his goal against Milan at Soldier Field that made me a Fire fan. Denmark was one thing, but DC United is another. But it does give me more reason to trek down to DC from Baltimore for a game.

    Who knows, maybe he'll be one of those players who gains a spark when he moves. As long as he doesn't score against Chicago.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    There's a very short list of players I'm ok w/ seeing score against the Fire. Chris is one of them. Calen Carr is the other.

    I always wish them the best, no matter where they play.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    And I'm guessing worrying about Carr and Rolfe scoring against us doesn't really keep you up at night anyway.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Unless it's playoff time, nope. :)

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Modibo, you don't by any chance have a recording of it, do you? I remember that being an awesome game but didn't (or couldn't?) record it, and really regretted it.

  • In reply to manyou07:

    Hey Manyou, I don't have a recording of the whole game. I've seen replays on Youtube, but I don't think I've seen the whole game. In fact I wish I had recordings of some of the old games but I've never really looked...

  • In reply to Modibo:

    I think I've seen full game dvd's for sale at Section 8 Chicago tables in the past. I'd check out their tail gate and ask around before the game there.

  • In reply to Modibo:

    Patrick Stanton (current S8 Vice-Chairman) would be a person to ask. I know he's had copies that he's put on to watch at the Globe in the past. You can also hit him up on twitter @ pattrick11 and ask.

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