Dax McCarty fingers Marsch for triggering Chicago trade

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Now that former New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty has returned from the U.S. Men’s national team January camp, he is expressing his feelings on his sudden trade to Chicago.

McCarty spoke to reporters via conference call, revealing that Jesse Marsch, not Ali Curtis, pulled the trigger on his trade.

McCarty was traded to the Chicago Fire for $400k in allocation money. It was a move that many lauded as smart from a business perspective but was criticized due to the timing and manner in which it happened. McCarty was only days removed from his wedding and enjoying his first national team call-up in some time. There was also no warning before the trade, with the first club-to-player incursion happening Marsch made the visit to Los Angeles in person to let him know that the trade had gone through.

For nearly a month now, the status of sporting director Ali Curtis has been a mystery with the Red Bulls giving little to no information about the front office situation. What we do know is that Curtis left the MLS SuperDraft before the event and has not been a front-facing factor in any of their decisions in 2017. McCarty’s comments throw even more gasoline on the fire that is the speculation of Curtis’ current status.

Head coach Jesse Marsch has seemingly taken on the role of sporting director in Curtis’ absence, commenting on all of the team’s moves in official press releases. When the team will clarify the situation remains a mystery but we are fast approaching their first major game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the CONCACAF Champions League.