The Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact made a trade of two players that were recently pushed down the depth chart.
The Fire sent left back Jorge Corrales and the top spot in the allocation order to the Impact for midfielder Micheal Azira and a second-round pick in the 2020 SuperDraft. The Impact moved up in the allocation order amid rumors of the possible loan return of Ballou Tabla from Barcelona.
Azira, 31, played in the Impact’s first 15 games this season, with 13 starters in that mix. However, the emergence of 21-year-old Shamit Shome pushed Azira out of the lineup. Shome has started 13 of the last 14 games while Azira has sat out four of the past seven games.
It’s not apparent what Azira’s role will be with the Fire, but there are minutes to be had in central midfield.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger moving to centerback full-time and Brandt Bronico playing at right back on occasion, Azira could fill in. There were even games where attacking player Fabian Herbers was playing next to Dax McCarty in central midfield.
Azira has been in the league since 2014 and this will be his fourth MLS team.
Corrales appeared to win the Fire’s starting left back job in late April, but the signing of Jonathan Bornstein pushed him down. Corrales hasn’t played since Bornstein debuted July 27 against D.C. United.