- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On March 22, 2010
- 3 Comments
- Jon Busch
What may be the wildest and boldest move I’ve seen a club make just days before the start of the season just went down. According to SBI, the Chicago Fire are set to either trade or waive veteran keeper Jon Busch.
Yes, Busch the same guy that just two years ago was the MLS Keeper of the Year. The Fire will now lean on untested second-year goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra in goal.
Are you kidding me? I know I’m not the biggest Busch supporter but he’s still a quality keeper and much better than an untested and unproven second-year keeper. No disrespect to Dykstra who is a decent keeper but Busch is still an All-Star caliber keeper here.
The Fire also have Generation adidas rookie keeper Sean Johnson behind Dykstra. It leads me to believe that this move may be salary based (Busch was set to make $165,000+ in 2010). Dumping him days before the new season when contracts become guaranteed (now based on the new CBA) may also have something to do with it.
Still this is a bold move that I really don’t like for the Fire in the short term. Maybe in the long run it looks like a good move but for now I don’t think this helps their playoff chances in 2010. As for Busch’s next step, maybe another club or a USSF Division II team? Tough time to get on board with a new club if you ask me.