Followong last week's SuperDraft Nelson Rodriguez maintained that he was still looking for help in central midfield and today the Fire acquired one of the top players at that position in MLS. Chicago has acquired New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty in exchange for $400,000 in General Allocation Money.
The GAM arrangement splits the payment to New York into equal amounts of $200,000 this season and another $200,000 next season.
McCarty was married this past weekend and reported to USMNT camp in California earlier today. He missed time last season after suffering a fractured tibia as a result of a Khaly Thiam tackle at Toyota Park in August. He will be 30 in April and signed a multi-year contract extension with New York last January.
The Fire essentially flipped the #3 pick overall for McCarty and $150,000 in GAM, which for all intents and purposes should end the pursuit of Bastin Schweinsteiger. Rodriguez and the Fire also still have room to maneuver and one Designated Player spot potentially open.