According to [a report from Goal.com](http://goal.com/en-us/news/1110/major-league-soccer/2009/08/22/1455394/report-chicago-fire-defender-bakary-soumare-to-sign-for), Fire defender Bakary Soumare is finally making his long-awaited move to Europe as he will leave Chicago to join Boulogne-Sur-Mer of the French Ligue 1 for a reported fee of 1.5 million Euros ($2.15 million).
Though the deal has yet to officially go through, the newly-promoted Boulogne is expecting to complete the transfer by Wednesday at the latest.
The 23-year-old Malian international, who hasn’t played for the Fire since he got into an altercation with Head Coach Denis Hamlett at halftime of the Fire’s 3-2 loss to Houston on August 9th, was named to the 2008 MLS Best XI and has been a mainstay of the team’s back four in 2009. Expect veteran defender C.J. Brown to get the lion’s share of the minutes created by Baky’s departure, with Dasan Robinson filling in when need be.
I’ll get a lot more info on this topic tomorrow while at Toyota Park for the Fire’s match against Colorado and you can expect a full-write up on the transfer sometime early in the week. Until then, share how you feel about Baky’s departure (personally, a little dissapointed…) and how you think the Fire will do without him (they should be all good, C.J. and Dasan are very capable center backs…) below.
Oh, and apologies for not getting this story up sooner. I was sans-internet pretty much all day and just learned of the story very late tonight/very early this morning.