With the conclusion of the MLS regular season, the terms of the Fires acquisition of Wells Thompson took another step towards completion: The Colorado Rapids will receive Chicagos second round pick of the MLS SuperDraft.
The original terms of the deal that saw Thompson swap Colorado for Chicago included the Men in Red sending a conditional draft pick in the other direction. The exact specifics of the conditions were not released per MLS policy, however the Rapids reported on their website, The conditions of the trade were met, meaning that Colorado receives the Fires natural second round SuperDraft selection.
The exact placement of the draft pick will be determined on the Fires performance in the MLS Cup Playoffs, according to the Rapids. The pick can be as high as 11th in the round (30th overall) if the team loses its Knockout Round match Wednesday against Houston. If the Fire win their second MLS Cup, however, the pick can be as low as 19th in the round (38th overall).
Thompson, 28, was acquired back in September and has only featured in four matches for the Fire, amassing a total of 65 minutes on the pitch.
The Fire will play in their first playoff game since 2009 on Wednesday when they host the Houston Dynamo at Toyota Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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Dax McCarty sure knows how to celebrate like its 2017.
The Chicago Fire midfielder subbed on in added time of the U.S.'s 2-1 win against Jamaica in the Gold Cup final, which meant he was on the field when the final whistle was blown and the Americans claimed the title.
After the players received their medals, captain Michael Bradley lifted the trophy. McCarty brought his cell phone onto the trophy stand and took a video of the celebration. The video made it to his Instagram.
The U.S. last won the Gold Cup in 2013, when the final was in Chicago, so it's fair to go a little nuts when the team wins again.
McCarty's celebration was a good one and now he rejoins the Fire this weekend after a month with the national team. The Fire play at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Dan Santaromita and Shane Murray (MLSsoccer.com) recap the Fire's 2-1 loss at New York City FC and discuss why the team continues to struggle against shorthanded teams.
Next, they recap the Fire's All-Star selections and talk about David Accam's reaction to being left off the team.
Then, hear from forward Michael de Leeuw, who has some choice words about the Fire's performance in Yankee Stadium.
Dan and Shane return to talk about the weird Dom Dwyer trade from Sporting Kansas City and Orlando before the Fire head to KC on Saturday. Finally, the guys answer fan questions.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: