The Chicago Fire will be fielding a new starting goalkeeper when the 2010 MLS season begins on Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
According to multiple sources, veteran goalkeeper Jon Busch will either be traded or waived by the Chicago Fire this week. If Busch's departure happens as expected, untested second-year goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will get the nod in goal for the Fire.
(UPDATE- The Chicago Fire announced on Monday evening that Jon Busch was waived. Busch told the MLS Insider Blog that he was "Blindsided by the whole scenario".)
Busch won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2008 and has been considered one of the steadier netminders in MLS since joining the Fire in 2007. A standout for the Columbus Crew before knee surgery sidelined him for two years, Busch has started and played 90 minutes in every game of the past two seasons for the Fire.
Dykstra has impressed during pre-season, but he has yet to make an MLS start. His only start with the Fire was in Chicago's U.S. Open Cup loss to the Wilmington Hammerheads last season. The Fire will go with rookie Sean Johnson as the back-up, that us until and unless Chicago finds a new goalkeeper in the international market or within MLS.
So what would precipitate such a move? Busch made $165,000, and while his salary and status as a veteran might have led to the decision (under the new CBA his contract would become guaranteed once the season begain), Busch was still a key veteran who played a large role in the team's defensive success in recent years.
What do you think of this development? Think Chicago is crazy to cut a solid veteran and go with an untested youngster? Hoping the move leads to more additions to the Fire attack or defense? Want your team to take a flier on Busch?
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