Nyarko traded to DC United

The Fire have completed a trade sending midfielder Patrick Nyarko to DC United in exchange for the 33rd pick in next week’s MLS SuperDraft. The move came at the request of Nyarko, who desired a fresh start with a new team as he enters his 30’s and what could be his last chance to compete for a championship as a starter playing significant minutes. The deal clears considerable budget space on the senior roster as Nyarko’s contract value was at $215,750.00 guaranteed last season according to the latest MLSPU numbers.

Nyarko suffered a serious knee injury near the conclusion of the 2014 season, but signed a new deal with the club that would have taken him to an option for 2017. He showed glimpses of his old form upon his return in 2015 but apparently decided late last summer that he needed to make a change after being part of the two worst seasons in club history. The change in technical staffs evidently couldn’t reverse the decision with an apparent rebuilding season on the way.

Sources indicate that a list of preferred destinations were part of Nyarko’s request if a trade was possible and the Fire tried to accommodate those wishes. DC United was one of those teams. Nyarko played collegiate soccer nearby at Virginia Tech, and will be reunited with former teammate Chris Rolfe, who he once called the best player he’d ever played with.

Nyarko leaves the Fire having finished 7th in all time games played with 196, 8th in minutes with 13,453 logged, and 3rd in assists with 39. Only Peter Nowak and Chris Armas had more career assists in a Fire kit than he did.

Including the ‘knockout’ game in 2012, he was the last field player on the roster to have appeared in a playoff match for the club. Only Sean Johnson remains in terms of participants in that 2012 postseason contest. He’s also one of only nine players to have played eight or more seasons in Chicago. CJ Brown, Logan Pause, Gonzalo Segares, Zach Thornton, Armas, Jesse Marsch, Rolfe, and Justin Mapp are the others.

Always available and thoughtful, win, lose, or draw, Nyarko had developed into a leader in the locker room. Replacing his contributions on and off the field will be a challenge.

With the pick acquired from DC, the Fire now have the 1st, 33rd, 57th, and 62nd selections next Thursday.

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    Dislike (for me). But good for Patrick. I might end up becoming a DC United fan soon enough as they have my two favorite active ex-Fire players now.

  • Guillermo Thanks for the update - so sad to see Pattie leave - glad the FO was able to get something in return from DCU - did we get any MLS funny money?

  • In reply to southsidefutbol:

    It seems they gave him away. The 33rd pick is realistically nothing. This makes the Berry, Anibaba, and Rolfe trades look good. As Nyarko was a green card holder this move may also require yet another MLS standard American player, and how many of those are unattached? I think we now need 7 such players.
    The cap space is irrelevant as they will not replace his talent for that price in any event.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Let's not get carried away. Nyarko was a great player for the Fire, but he has only played in 36 games in two years. This trade is nowhere near as bad as the trades that Yallop made. Yallop traded away two great (for us) young defenders for absolutely nothing. Rolfe was a fan favorite but wasnt doing anything for us when he got traded also. I have no problem with the trade itself.

    The real problem is the other part of your statement. Who is out there and available that we can sign? Sure we have a few international spots but we have to find a lot of players that can't have international status. That is a BIG problem. That means more of the Stephens, Gehrig, Cochrane type of players. They make fine to decent depth to a squad but should be nowhere near every week starters. Unfortunately for us, who ever we bring in is going to have to be coming in to start and play major minutes right away.

    I was extremely determined to stay positive, but we dont even have a team. 10 players on our roster have played in a MLS match before. The season starts in 2 months! The very good teams have very little turnover from year to year. Harry Shipp, who is going into his third season as a professional, is now the second longest serving player in our club. The only mindset these players have ever had, is that of a losing club. Hopefully things turn around and we can have a semi-successful campaign but man it is difficult to support this club.

  • In reply to Celt:

    Guys, look- Anibaba and Berry kinda suck. Can we please stop bringing them up? Austin is in the (flipping) USL now and Anibaba got dropped...again. I liked the kids but, jesus, their career trajectory is butt for a reason.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    I would take Anibaba back at the club.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    At this point, I'd take any number of defenders with MLS experience. But I wouldn't necessarily bank on him to be very good. Certainly not a 30+ game starter.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    He can play at RB and CB. We have been blessed with quality rookies for many years but that can be a risky move. This Yaro will hopefully work out and become the starter but hopefully we dont HAVE TO play and start Yaro every game.

  • This one hurts. I get that he's aging and we're rebuilding, but I'm going to miss seeing Patrick in red. Hope he gets a nice long cheer from Section 8 on his first visit back to TP.

  • Does this make Shipp our second longest serving player on the roster behind Johnson?

  • Guys what I just do not understand how anyone could keep including the worst owner in the league in their letters. I would say something like thanks for destroying professional soccer in chicago. Believe me old Andy is an embarrassment to the mls, And really bad for chicago soccer. Pattie was one of the real good players that spent his prime struggling with a disasterious organization.
    It's hard to believe that we are about 7 weeks away from the first game and we only have 13 players. New York has to be licking their chops at the opening game. I predict a 4 to 0 game with NY on top.

  • I live in Milwaukee, my brother lives in Chicago. He got me into the Fire back in 2005. I've had some sort of season ticket package every year since except last season. Nyarko has always been one of my favorites (I may have named my beat up college car Patty Ny-car-ko), so this one stings for me personally. He was the one player still on the team that reminded me why I became a fan of the Fire. I'm not giving up on the team, but I'm sure going to miss Pat's passion for the game, effort, and attitude. Best of luck in DC. You will be missed!

  • Any new hires yet? Nope. Didn't think so.

    Survey yourself. What do YOU anticipate the next move will be? A new hire or another departure?

  • In reply to Arklow:

    New hires and player additions. I'd expect some more news tomorrow or Monday. Definitely before the draft.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I hope you're right G but the prevailing winds..

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    And if there is still silence by then?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    There won't be.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Oh I see how it is. Something hush hush?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Not at all. Just working on confirmation.

    Stay tuned.

  • I will be curious to see how the Fire play as a team. Assuming Yaro is taken with the first pick, the Fire today would probably start

    Doody -Mystery CB#1-MysteryCB#2-Yaro


  • In reply to Krasov:

    It's kind of impossible to guess at a starting lineup when they only have a handful of people on the squad.

    With what they have right now 4231-
    SJ; doody, cb/yaro, cb, rb/yaro; polster, stephens; accam, shipp, jones; gilberto.

    So, I'd guess in addition to a handful of defenders, the Fire should be looking pretty hard for a winger and a ball handling central midfielder to replace Stephens and Jones as starters in the front half. Accam, Polster, Shipp and Gilberto are all guys I wouldn't mind seeing as regular starters.

  • Guys with the lineup that the fire have to offer for the first game can you imagine how nervous villa. Lampard and pirlo are?

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    I wonder if Pirlo and Lampard know when the first game is yet.

  • I guarantee they do. Guys of their quality will want to retire with everyone remembering them as champs. Can you imagine a rookie from Georgetown facing villa? This first game could be a massacre.

  • I heard Cocis is resigning. #news

  • In reply to seaside:

    Believe that is accurate

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