Holding the first pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft gives the Fire several options. The first scenario involves what most draft experts have been alluding to for several months. Go with the presumed number one player available in Georgetown's Josh Yaro and fill a need on the back line. There are questions as to what need Yaro would fill however. The Fire, along with many other MLS teams, project him as a right back at the professional level. He played center back in college and would need to learn the position on the fly. During the Combine this past weekend, Yaro made it clear that he prefers the middle and hopes to play there as a pro. He didn't discount a career as a full back but teams may now be leery of playing him in a position that he's not entirely comfortable in.
That would lead to the second scenario, which seems to be playing out now. The Fire are looking to explore trade possibilities and already have at least one offer on the table. Discussions with other teams interested in making a move for the first overall choice, whether it be Yaro or someone else, are also developing. By dealing the rights for the first selection, Chicago could stand to add an established MLS player and a pick with an eye towards filling a roster that currently only has 14 officially signed players.
Choosing to pass on Yaro would also seem to indicate that Nelson Rodriguez and Veljko Paunovic have other deals for defenders close to being finalized. Playing a rookie out of his natural and preferred position may not be something they're looking to gamble on right now, even with an athlete as talented as Yaro has shown to be.
The Fire have at least one center back contract from outside of MLS close to being finalized and are in the DP market for another. If those deals are closed, Yaro would more than likely be a right back in camp if selected by Chicago.
There are other additions expected to be announced before the end of the week but much of the speculation over the next two days will revolve around what Rodriguez and Paunovic elect to do with the first pick.
Right now, that pick appears to be set to move.