Update: Soumare was sent to Chicago in a package that has the Union eating part of his contract through the end of the 2014 season in exchange for a second round pick and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
Bakary Soumare's stay with the Philadelphia Union will come to an end shortly, as the center back has been traded to the Chicago Fire.
A source informed the Brotherly Game that Soumare's trade request, which he had made at the beginning of the 2013 season, was fulfilled by the Union. The Fire, who Soumare started against twice in the course of eight days recently, will add their former standout defender.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed to the Brotherly Game at the time of the publishing of this article.
The trade was thought to be in the works since prior to the Union and Fire playing this season, but Soumare and officials on both teams had gone back and forth on the progress of any talks in regard to a deal. A Fire insider twitter account announced news of the trade today, sparking speculation that led to a source reaching out to the Brotherly Game about the swap.
Soumare played in one game in 2012 after the Union acquired him through the Allocation Draft, then he had surgery on one of his knees that put him out of commission for the remainder of the season. Philadelphia gave up allocation money and a first round pick, which turned out to be DeShorn Brown, in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft to bring in Soumare.
He started the last three Union games this year, including the two versus the Fire, prior to the trade.