The Chicago Fire have announced that Daniel Paladini has been traded to the Columbus Crew for their 4th round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft (61st overall).
The Fire have already released a few quotes from Frank Yallop on the trade:
"The positions they [Paladini and Alex] play are the same," Yallop told Chicago-Fire.com Thursday. "Danny’s been here for three seasons and Alex is up and coming and turns 25 in a few days. I wanted to give Alex a real good go at the club and obviously Danny is one of the favorites here but I felt for him to try and make himself a starter in the league -- I didn’t see it happening with us."
When asked about whether this was a move to free up cap space:
"Daniel’s not a really high cap number but we have a view towards some younger guys coming in and I’d rather give them a chance and I didn’t see him as a starter. Columbus came in and said they wanted him so I felt ‘let’s try to get the player to where he wants to be in terms of time and salary.’"
And there were also some words from Daniel:
"This is our business," Paladini told Chicago-Fire.com on Thursday. "The Fire will always have a place in my heart and I’ll cherish my time with the club. Chicago has a great, passionate fan base that never failed to show me their support. I’m thankful for the friendships and experiences I’ve gained there but I’m also excited for what the future holds."
Thanks for all you did for the Fire, Daniel. Hot Time in Old Town wishes you the best.