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Fire Play Looky-Loos In Re-Entry Draft, Shipp Heads To Seattle

Chicago passes on bargain bin in Stage 2 of the re-entry draft while another former CF97 player flies Hot Potato style to a new team

MLS: Chicago Fire at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft was held today and the Chicago Fire’s reaction to the picks on offer was decisively “meh.”

Three Fire players were available to pick in this stage— Razvan Cocis, Eric Gehrig, and Michael Stephens. None of them were picked this afternoon, so their futures remain murky.

The Fire had first dibs in the round but decided to pass. Houston then stepped up to claim central defender Leonardo Da Silva from the LA Galaxy. Then That Yellow Fucking Team Columbus chose defender Josh Williams, who lined up for them from 2010 to 2014. San Jose then snagged former RSL forward Olmes Garcia.

The next several teams passed until it was Sporting Kansas City’s turn at #12. They pilfered goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra from DC United.

Everyone else passed in the first round and no one made a claim in the subsequent second round. So, not a lot of fireworks today.

It’s hard to draw conclusions on the Fire’s roster strategy based on today’s draft. It’s entirely possible that N-Rod and his front office team didn’t see anyone available today as a value add for the squad, and passing on the draft was a shrewd move. It’s also possible that the FO made yet another misstep in not taking an easy opportunity to build some depth in what remains a very shaky roster. Guess we’ll have to see!

Meanwhile, a beloved former Fire player has moved to a new team.

STG if they try to say that #SeattleInvented the “Holy Shipp” chant we might have to lead a war party. Not even kidding.