Joevin Jones will be a Seattle Sounder in 2016 after being revealed as the player to be named later that eventually landed the Chicago Fire the No. 12 pick in Thursday's draft.
Jones played a single season with the Chicago Fire, splitting time between left back and as a winger later in the year. He recorded a goal and an assist in 28 appearances. Jones is also a regular for the Trinidad & Tobago national team, which caused him to miss some MLS action.
Despite the single goal and assist, Jones flashed speed and smarts that suggested he could be in the plans for future seasons. But with the arrival of Brandon Vincent and solid play from Patrick Doody, the new regime apparently felt the allocation money Seattle was offering -- as well as the opportunity to land North Carolina center back Jonathan Campbell -- was enough to part ways.
Guillermo Rivera, of Fire Confidential, also reported money could have been an issue:
Joevin Jones to Seattle. Hearing that he was looking for a significant increase on 2015 salary. #cf97 opted for allocation money and a pick— Guillermo Rivera (@FireConf) January 14, 2016
Jones' departure also frees up an international roster spot, which Rodriguez has said he plans to fill as he would like to use all eight spots allowed.
Jones' talent is clearly above the general 12th overall pick of an MLS draft. It is safe to say Seattle offered a significant amount of money for Jones. The Fire also received cash from New York City FC for the No. 1 pick, meaning Rodriguez has a larger bank account to pursue that European center back who is drawing interest from Champions League clubs.
To get the optimal value for the Jones trade, the Fire has to make sure they land the kind of quality international player they seek. I would not be surprised to see a significant signing before camp opens.