The Fire lost midfielders Peter Lowry and John Thorrington in today’s MLS expansion draft. As most expected the relatively inexpensive and productive Lowry was the type of player that would draw some interest from expansion teams. Lowry was selected in the 7th round by the Portland Timbers.
The Fire gambled that John Thorrington’s salary and injury history would keep him from being drafted but Vancouver’s Tom Soehn took a chance on him with the final pick of the draft. Thorrington is a valuable asset when healthy but staying on the field has been a problem throughout his career.
The central attacking midfield spot is now even more of a concern with the loss of two players who filled that spot in 2010. Baggio Husidic and Bratislav Ristic can play the position but the Fire still need a creative impact player in the #10 role in order to adequately play the system they are trying to implement.
Frank Klopas’ offseason checklist just got longer but the loss of Thorrington opens up even more valuable salary cap space.