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The Chicago Fire traded for the rights to forward Andy Herron just a week ago but the Costa Rican forward could be set for another move within MLS.
According to sources with knowledge of the trade talks, Chicago is in discussions with San Jose about trading Herron’s rights to the Earthquakes in a deal that could be completed as early as this week. There are no details yet as to what San Jose would give up in the deal but the Fire acquired Herron’s rights from Columbus for a fourth-round pick in the 2009 MLS Draft a week ago.
The Earthquakes are desperate to fill their thin forward ranks, which count former Crew striker Kei Kamara as the lone veteran on the roster. Chicago may consider Herron expendable if the Fire is able to land French forward/winger Fabrice Pancrate. The Fire also drafted Patrick Nyarko, widely-regarded as the best forward in the MLS Draft. With Chris Rolfe, Chad Barrett, Nyarko and Pancrate, the Fire can afford to deal Herron’s rights.
Herron is currently playing for Costa Rican club Puntarenas but the 29-year-old striker is apparently eager to return to MLS in 2008. He endured a difficult 2007 season, scoring just four goals with the Columbus Crew after being traded by the Chicago Fire for a first-round pick in the 2007 MLS Draft. Herron scored nine goals for the Fire in 2006.
Does the deal make sense? I think it does for both sides. San Jose needs a veteran striker, someone who can step in and start (Kei Kamara doesn’t really strike me as a lock MLS starter) and Chicago is deep at forward. So why did Chicago trade for his rights in the first place? Something tells me that Herron wanted more money than the Fire was willing to pay for him. I can’t imagine Chicago getting more than a third-round pick for Herron’s rights after getting them for a fourth-round pick so don’t get too crazy with ideas for what Chicago will get.
The real question is whether Herron would be willing to go to San Jose. I don’t know what he’s making at Puntarenas but if this deal gets done I have a feeling Frank Yallop will make him a solid offer.
What do you think of this potential deal? Chicago fans, are you relieved or upset? San Jose fans, are you happy to know a veteran forward is on the way, or were you hoping for a bigger name? Share your thoughts on the potential deal below.