In one of the more surprising stories of the day (to this writer at least), the Chicago Fire dealt Justin Mapp to the Philadelphia Union.
The 25-year old midfielder joined the Men in Red in 2003 and helped lead the team to two U.S. Open Cup titles. Terms of the deal included allocation money while also clearing Mapp’s $220,000 salary off the books.
Even though I have hopes that this means that the Fire are clearing available money for an upcoming acquisition, I have my doubts. Mapp, when healthy, served as one of the very few creative midfielders for the Fire, and the team has certainly played better with him on the pitch as opposed to without him.
If I could grade this trade, I’d give it an incomplete.
Update: Soccer By Ives is reporting that the move is to make room for a second designated player.