Are you out of your tiny, shiny fucking mind?

Let me get things straight, there are people reacting negatively to Dominic Oduro getting traded for Dilly Duka and the rights to hold Robbie Rogers hostage? What?!? I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around what is wrong with the aforementioned deal. Duka, 23 is a former U20 US Nat who plays as a left winger. For those paying attention the left winger position was one of concern. With the departure of Alvaro Fernandez the depth on the wings was a very serious issue. Duka's acquisition fills that hole. He is a young capable player with loads of talent that was stuck in a bad situation. He should slot comfortably into the Fire's quick passing attack. As I said on the last podcast when you have the chance to get the best player in the deal you do it. This was easy.  For some reason the Fire were also able to acquire the rights to Robbie Rodgers (whose tweeting proves he doesn't understand how MLS works even though it is probably the only league that is going to give him a pay check, 4 appearances for Leeds over 2 years apparently gives you a giant ego, who knew?). Rogers is somehow just 25. I seriously don't know what Columbus was thinking. Not only do we get the most talented players in the deal we get the youngest players. Very shrewd business on Chicago's part.

Oduro is a tremendously nice man. He was a good ambassador for the club and was very personable and professional with fans. Yet MLS is a business and It was very clear that he wanted to start and get more minutes. At 27 years old I can't blame him. It was evident as the season went on that his 2011 form was not going to be recaptured and he was, rightly, put on the bench after Sherjill MacDonald joined the club. His skills as a right winger are not suited to the style of ball the Fire now play. This left him as someone who wasn't going to play a lot in 2013. Especially with the acquisition of the larger and more physical Maicon Santos to back up MacDonald and Rolfe up front.

Oduro might be headed to a better situation. Arrieta and the lesser Higuain are certainly very good but it is yet to be seen how they perform without Milovan Mirosevic who was also key to their late season turnaround. Oduro will have to deal with the easily disgruntled Robert Warzycha (Dom famously did not get on with Dominic Kinnear one of the best MLS coaches ever) and needs to reduce his offsides numbers significantly to prove he can still have an impact on the game.  Personally I feel he lost something in the speed department last year. Maybe it had more to do with his timing being off but he rarely appeared to beat people like he did in 2011. I wish him all the best.

This deal should be getting nothing but a giant thumbs up from the Chicago fan base. The Fire's tremendous offseason of acquiring domestic and MLS seasoned talent continues.