By IVES GALARCEP
The Chicago Fire are preparing to sign reigning MLS MVP Mike Magee to a new contact, and took a major step toward making that happening by making a pair of moves to clear the salary cap room.
The Fire traded former MLS Rookie of the Year Austin Berry to the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money, Goal.com reported on Monday.
Berry joins the Union after two seasons as a regular starter for the Fire, where he was a steady force in the middle. He will slot into central defense alongside Amobi Okugo, giving the Union the aerial force in central defense the club has lacked for some time.
The Fire have a wealth of centerback options, with Bakary Soumare and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado expected to start, and Patrick Ianni providing depth.
What do you think of this deal? Excited to see the Union’s new lineup take the field? Think Magee is worthy of a Designated Player contract?
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