In a uniquely-MLS move, the Chicago Fire dealt the club’s number six overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft to the Colorado Rapids. In return, the Fire pick up $125,000 in General Allocation Money, the club announced today.
The draft will be held in January, like usual. However, a final date hasn’t been set.
On draft day last year, the Fire sent the 10th overall pick to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for $100,000 in General Allocation Money. The club selected Jonathan Jimenez at number 26, but chose not to sign him. He later joined USL side Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.
MLS draft picks can be hit and miss, but occasionally teams are able to find hidden gems. Last season Orlando City selected striker Daryl Dike with the fifth overall pick, who went on to have a monster rookie season, scoring eight goals in 17 games, earning a call up to the United States Men’s National Team earlier this month.
The Fire still have the 33rd overall pick of the 2021 SuperDraft, which is the sixth pick of the second round.