Chicago Fire’s longest tenured player Patrick Nyarko has been traded to conference foe D.C. United.
Nyarko, an eight-year MLS veteran, joins United in exchange for a natural second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, the 33rd overall pick.
“From a wide position, Patrick has regularly been one of the top chance creators in the league,” United General Manager Dave Kasper said, via club statement. “His pace and technical ability make him difficult to defend and we believe that he will complement our returning attacking players perfectly.”
The former Ghanaian international was a fan favorite during his days in Chicago because of his relentless running and ability to create chances from wide areas.
“Patrick will always be a member of the Fire at heart,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said. “In recognition of his service, we wanted to honor his request for a new challenge and are glad we could do so yet still benefit our club.”
Nyarko was selected seventh overall in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft after a successful collegiate career that saw him score 31 goals and dish out 24 assists in 57 games at Virginia Tech.
He has amassed 196 appearances in MLS, scoring 19 times and assisting 39 times.
The last two seasons have been rough for the winger due to multiple injury setbacks. He only started 14 games in 2015, and played a role in just seven goals (three goals and four assists).
Nyarko is most likely the replacement for Chris Pontius in D.C. Pontius was also a one-team player before he was traded to the Philadelphia Union after the conclusion of the 2015 season.
Update: Nyarko said goodbye to Chicago Fire fans via twitter.
— Patrick Nyarko (@pattyberron) January 6, 2016
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