A Washington Post report earlier in the day regarding DaMarcus Beasley negotiating a return to MLS via a DP contract set off the social media speculation merry-go-round with some fans hoping to see the former Fire star back in Chicago. Beasley enjoyed an excellent run with the USMNT at the World Cup as a left back but other reports suggest he also has offers to continue playing in LigaMX, where he last was seen with Puebla.
Whether Beasley can still play at a high level is not in question but one has to consider how much he would help the Fire under a designated player contract. Another outside midfielder occupying a big chunk of cap space wouldn't be the most prudent use of budget space that's already tight to begin with. Patrick Nyarko has resumed jogging and appears to be on the way back. At $284,500.00 guaranteed he's occupying a good amount of budget space. Dilly Duka isn't playing and the Fire are looking to move him and his $190,000.00 guaranteed bill so some room will be cleared if the Fire are able to move him.
A trade involving Duka would allow Chicago to clear additional space needed to move for a designated player, presumably at the forward position where the Fire are currently lacking in depth. The Chris Rolfe deal cleared up enough room to add Razdan Cocis, who is not a designated player and loaning Juan Luis Anangono cleared a little bit more but it seems the Fire are still trying to work through cap/budget issues in order to complete their shopping in this window. Moving Duka, or possibly Alex or Patrick Ianni would also aid in easing budget concerns. Alex is slated to earn $133,700.00 guaranteed and Ianni is at $150,000.00.
Adding another high priced outside midfielder to the squad, even one that was popular back in 2004 shouldn't be the focus in this transfer window when lead forward, attacking midfielder, and centerback have been the positions of concern all season (and seasons before this one). Bringing in Beasley would help but it wouldn't solve any of the glaring needs that have yet to be addressed and would still be on the table in the next transfer window if something isn't done now.
Beasley has shown he can still play at a high level and would certainly help a contender in MLS right now but there has to be a question about how much he would help the Fire at this moment. On and off the pitch. As good as Beasley was last month in Brazil, there's still no reason to believe that he'd make them into a contender if the existing issues in other positions continue to go without addressing. Then there's the off field concern. Despite his success with the USMNT, Beasley probably doesn't captivate the casual fan enough to justify a designated player move at this point. As a supplementary player on a ready made title contender maybe. As a designated player on a team that only has three wins this season and sitting eighth in the Eastern Conference, not so much. The Fire need to consider big moves with players who will not only help win on the pitch but generate some excitement off of it. A percentage of the diehards who remember him fondly may be in favor of it, but let's be honest, Beasley isn't going to be a big draw even among the newcomers who packed Grant Park and Soldier Field to cheer on the US a few weeks ago. At least not for more than one trip to Bridgeview.
If the Fire could land Beasley on a non-DP deal it would certainly behoove Yallop and the technical staff to pursue a move. As it stands, that's not going to happen. Signing him to a DP deal wouldn't make sense given the team's situation now and for the foreseeable future. It would seem that moving or trying to move some of the spare parts currently on the roster and taking up considerable budget space before making a deal for someone of substantial accomplishment at the target forward or attacking midfield spots would serve the team better this year and going forward into 2015.
Brian Bliss told the Tribune this afternoon that acquiring Beasley had been discussed but isn't something that's likely to happen given the financial constraints. “We’ve talked about it, but the numbers are probably a bit out of our range,” said Bliss. “We’d like to pursue it but I don’t think it makes sense for us.”