The preseason has been a good one for the Chicago Fire on the field, but some of the off-field activities have raised eyebrows, to say the least.
First, the Fire traded defender Austin Berry to the Philadelphia Union for allocation money and to make room for cap space. Then, the team parted ways with Federico Puppo.
Now there's some growing concern about MVP and forward Mike Magee's contract being up in the air. Meanwhile, the team also signed MLS SuperDraft pick defender Marco Franco on Tuesday.
Losing Austin Berry, a well-liked player in the back and a 2012 Rookie of the Year, turned out to be a move that needed to be made. He was selected in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after his collegiate career at Louisvile, made 62 appearances for the Chicago Fire and played every minute of every match last season.
The acquisition of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado and Patrick Ianni last month created depth, and competition, at the center-back position. And it always seemed likely that something would go down in terms of a trade at some point.
Puppo made 12 appearances, scoring twice. He was loaned out to Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting in July 2012 and then to LDU Quito last year.
“This move was necessary in order to get to cap compliant by March 1,” said Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop. “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.”