- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 2, 2009
- 4 Comments
- Aalborg, Chris Rolfe
This move could very well be the start of a long winter for the Chicago Fire. Goal.com is reporting that striker Chris Rolfe has agreed to sign with Danish side Aalborg and will come on a free-transfer this winter to the club.
“I’m very excited, as I think Aalborg is as well,” Rolfe told Goal.com on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s a new opportunity and something I’ve always wanted to do.”
The contract with AaB, as Aalborg is known, is for three years. Terms have not been disclosed.
From the Goal.com report, it said that talks fell apart between Rolfe and MLS/Chicago for a new contract. Aalborg also offered to buy Rolfe in the summer transfer window, which MLS rejected. In a way I have to say that is a bad move on the league’s part because now they get nothing in return for him. They could have at least gotten some compensation in the form of a transfer fee for Rolfe but instead will lose him for nothing this winter.
This move along with the transfer of defender Bakary Soumare last month are showing that things aren’t going so well in the Windy City right now. Chicago is set to lose more than just Rolfe this winter as several key players are in the final years of their contracts.
Rolfe joins another American striker Marcus Tracey at Aalborg. Most remember Tracey for balking at a MLS contract this past winter before the league’s draft.
All I can say is this move is good for Rolfe. He wasn’t being used properly by Chicago manager Denis Hamlett and now he has a shot at making things in Europe.