Fire cut ties with two players to get under salary cap

Fire cut ties with two players to get under salary cap
February 24, 2014, 2:15 pm
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CSN Staff

The Chicago Fire traded away defender Austin Berry Monday, acquiring allocation money from the Philadelphia Union in return.

"The move was necessary in order to get to cap compliant by March 1," said Frank Yallop, head coach and director of of soccer for the Fire. "We thank Austin for his service to the club over the past two years and wish him the best as he takes the next steps of his career."

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Berry, 25, was the Fire's first-round pick in 2012, the same season in which he won MLS Rookie of the Year.

He logged 5,580 minutes while playing in 62 games in his two-year Chicago career.

In an unrelated move, the Fire also parted ways with Uruguayan forward Federico Puppo in an effort to come in under the salary cap.

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Puppo played in 12 games for the Fire since he joined the squad in January 2012.