The transfer window comes to a close and suddenly Chicago has figured out their defensive depth problems. Christian Dean checks the boxes on their much needed fourth center back being a tall, left footed, young defender. Dean arrives from Vancouver who picked him up third overall in the 2014 MLS Superdraft. Dean is in exchange for $50,000 of General Allocation Money, and an additional $50,000 of conditional Targeted Allocation Money. If he starts 12 or more 2018 matches, there will be future transfer fees.
The triple assist performance of homegrown outside back, Patrick Doody, completes the defense. After his star performance, reporters barely gave Doody enough time to get his pants on!
It is exciting for the community to have a local kid performing well on the field. Academy hopefuls now have a new shinning light to strive for. He makes for a reliable backup to the injured Brandon Vincent. The coaching staff will no longer feel pressured to rush Vincent’s return. Patrick managed to play lockdown defense as well as successfully get up the wings to send in some beautiful crosses. It was surprising when Patrick walked over to take corner kicks, but three assists later it made perfect sense. These precision crosses are something Chicago needs when teams decide to sit back and defend. The Fire sometimes rely on the long ball behind the backline.
After the transfer deadline came to a close, teams are still allowed to sign free agents. Chicago picked up young, former Dallas keeper, Richard Sanchez, who is most known for leading Mexico to a championship in the U-17 World Cup.
The window’s main highlight wasn’t about what Chicago got, it was about what Chicago kept. David Accam is, for now, still wearing red and white. Apparently Hauptmann stepped in to stop the deal to the Bundesliga. Chicago has accepted his 2018 option which is mutual and will need to be looked at by David and his agent at the end of the season. We should expect big European offers to compete for David’s signature.
Although Chicago has filled a few important missing pieces, the creative attacking midfielder is still absent from the lineup. This could be the achilles heal to a team that should be contending for the title.
- Nikolic has declined a Hungarian international team call to concentrate on The Fire’s season.
- Quintero showed serious interest in the league and could be an interesting option for Chicago’s future.
- A record nine game winning streak at home means Toyota Park really has become a fortress for The Men in Red.