The standings show some change is needed for the Chicago Fire, whether that’s through personnel, tactics or just simply better results.
On Wednesday, the Fire made a move to begin to shuffle things around. The Fire traded midfielder Mo Adams to Atlanta United FC for $100,000 in general allocation money.
Adams’ departure doesn’t necessarily signal a massive shift for the team, but the 22-year-old holding midfielder made 25 appearances (15 starts) in his year and a half with the Fire.
The allocation money gives the Fire some flexibility after general manager Nelson Rodriguez had previously said the team would need to move out significant players in order to bring significant players in. Adams doesn’t count as a significant player in terms of status of his value against the cap, but the allocation money will give Rodriguez some extra room to work with.
“This transaction was made with a design for another one this window,” Rodriguez said in a team statement. “We wish Mo good luck.”
The Fire traded up to acquire Adams with the No. 10 pick in the 2018 draft. In that trade the Fire gave Real Salt Lake $85,000 in general allocation money.
He was signed to a Generation Adidas contract. The English-born Syracuse University product acquired his green card last month.
His playing time with the Fire was sporadic. He debuted on April 21, 2018, the first of a string of 10 straight appearances, nine of which were starts. After that, he made one start the rest of the season.
This year, Adams didn’t play in the Fire’s first three matches. In his season debut against the New York Red Bulls March 30, he was the Fire’s man of the match. That was the first of five straight appearances, four of which were starts. Adams didn’t start again until June 22, when he was subbed out of a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake at halftime. He hadn’t played since.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger moving to center back full-time and Brandt Bronico seeing some time at right back, it appeared there would be minutes for Adams in central midfield. However, he appeared to fall out of favor with coach Veljko Paunović.
On Saturday, with Schweinsteiger suspended, Bronico starting at right back and Djordje Mihailovic not starting as he returns from the Gold Cup, Adams still didn’t make the list of available subs.