- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 7, 2008
- 2 Comments
Reports around the Windy City say that the Chicago Fire and their new owner Andrew Hauptman are seriously looking into trading for a second designated player spot for their roster in the upcoming season.
Hauptman is wanting to make the Fire a serious contender in the east and in the league for the MLS title. Hearing this makes me believe they want to use the cash that they got from New York in the Osorio deal as well.
While there are at least three teams actively pursuing designated player slots (LA and Chivas being the others), it remains unclear if any clubs are willing to deal for them. Both LA and Chicago have plenty of cash and plenty of draft picks to make a deal with a potential trading partner.
I like this move for the Fire, even more so than I would for LA. Chicago got the most out of Blanco last season and if they are smart again with a potential second DP, they could really cash in this coming season. Who would trade a DP with them is the biggest question now. Some clubs like RSL, Colorado, KC, and Columbus are most likely to not use their DP spots this year.
I could see Colorado making a deal here as they probably will want some draft picks to continue their ever growing trophy case in the reserve division. Okay, kidding aside, I really have no idea who would actually trade a DP at this point unless Chicago packages a really nice deal to one of these clubs.
Seeing that Chivas is wanting a DP now makes me laugh as they know they screwed up last year in trading away a DP slot to New York. I highly doubt they will even be able to get a spot seeing how they only have a single draft pick to use this year in the SuperDraft.
What do you Fire fans make of this news that the club wants another DP?