Who says Draft Day is boring, eh?
David Accam, one of the Fire’s most productive goalscorers over the past two seasons, has been traded to the Philadelphia Union. In exchange, the Fire will receive $1.2 million in allocation money, spread out over the next two years.
I, uh. Ok then.
More details will surely surface in the next few days. But at first pass, there’s only two ways this deal makes sense.
A. Accam really, really wanted to leave Chicago. If he was on his way out no matter what, that $1.2m in MLS Funny Money is at least getting something and making the best of a bad situation. (Not unlike the Cam Lindley sitch.)
B. The Fire are hoarding allocation money in order to make a big deal. Quintero? Kuba? Someone else we haven’t heard of yet? Who knows.
So, yeah. Here’s hoping the Fire have a plan.
UPDATE: Paul Tenorio is reporting that the Fire will get a huge chunk of whatever transfer fee Philly earn if they flip him this year or next. All of a sudden, this deal doesn’t seem so bad.
Some more detail coming to my @ESPNFC story, per source: Fire keep 90% of Accam's rights should he be sold in 2018. Goes to 65-35 Fire in first 6 months of 2019 and 50% in latter half of year. Drops to 40% in first 6 months of 2020 and then 15% until end of 2020.— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) January 19, 2018
UPDATE 2: So, no huge deal in the hopper. We just sent Accam to a conference rival for a bunch of Garber Bucks. Wheeeeeeeeee!
NR: Philly allocation money acquired to give us flexibility, not with any particular deal in mind #cf97 We won't rush to complete a deal just to say we did one.— Orrin Schwarz (@Orrin_Schwarz) January 19, 2018
In other news, the Fire made a deal with Minnesota United to move up to 5th in the draft order so they could grab Jon Bakero and Mo Adams, the former being a highly-rated creative attacker. In exchange, the Fire bid adieu to controversial goalkeeper Matt Lampson.
That, combined with Jorge Bava being “mutually consented” yesterday, means that the Fire are banking on Richard Sanchez to be their savior in goal. That is... definitely a choice. (Or we’re still on for San Iker. Who knows anymore.)