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Fire "Outright Reject" New Bakary Soumare Trade Offer By The Union

The Union were reportedly willing to take on around half of Soumare's guaranteed compensation over the next two seasons, but the Fire said no to the deal. Fire Confidential, on its podcast, speculated that the Fire don't have the cap space for a trade.

Jonathan Daniel

Bakary Soumare will remain in Chester, for the time being, despite his continued desire to move on from the team, after the Chicago Fire rejected a second overture by the Philadelphia Union, the Red Priest Podcast revealed today.

After Saturday's 1-0 win away at Toyota Park, the Union approached the Fire once again about a deal that would have sent Soumare to his former club and ended a months long trade demand by the center back. Chicago declined the Union's offer of Philadelphia eating about $175,000 per year of Soumare's remaining two years on his contract.

Other details of the potential trade were not released by Soumare to Fire Confidential's podcast host Jeff Krause, who talked to the former Defender of the Year nominee after his team eked out a win on the road.

Krause and his podcast cohorts, Fire Confidential's own Guillermo Rivera and JR Patton, analyzed the situation and pointed to the fact that despite having only 25 players under contract, the Fire have very little salary cap space to use at the moment as the reason for why Chicago turned down a deal.

According to salary numbers posted by the MLS Players Union, Soumare will make $350,000 in guaranteed compensation and most likely won't see a raise next year, his final one on his current contract.