USMNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Union in the last 24 hours but Chicago had a chance to claim his MLS rights by virtue of holding the top spot in the bizarre player dispersal system known as the Allocation Order. The Fire were able to convert Bedoya's interest in signing with Union into a trade for his rights.
Sources indicate that the Fire did approach Bedoya about the possibility of playing in Chicago but the move to Philadelphia was already in motion. The price tag in terms of transfer fee and salary, in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 individually, wasn't exorbitant but Chicago felt it could better use those resources elsewhere, particularly if they could add to their allocation war chest.
The Fire have received General and Targeted Allocation Money, the Union's 2017 first round Superdraft pick, the Union's number two spot in the Allocation Order, and an unnamed player on the Union's Discovery List, in exchange for the top Allocation spot, which Philadelphia used to acquire Bedoya. The allocation dollar amounts aren't officially published, but the reliable Sam Stejskal reported those totals to be $100,000 in GAM and $75,000 in TAM.
“We’ve often spoken of building a team that will be competitive over time,” said Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez via press release. “This move is directly tied to other deals today and transactions to be completed in the coming months that will allow us to execute our plan and realize our on-field goals."
How Rodriguez and the Fire plan to utilize the newly acquired Allocation Money along with the presumably already substantial sums currently in their pockets remains to be seen. Another Designated Player move before this window closes at midnight tonight is very unlikely but the Fire should be active for an impact player in the January window.
The official announcement regarding the addition of forward David Arshakyan should be made shortly but Chicago also seems to be still actively looking to complete another move before Thursday. A trade for a forward from within MLS is a possibility as is the addition of a more veteran player from outside of the league using some of their TAM.
No additional moves sound like they're done but the day isn't over yet.