Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-4-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis, Bakary Soumare, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll, Danny Cruz, Kleberson, Michael Farfan; Jack McInerney, Sebastien Le Toux
Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Chris Albright, Keon Daniel, Leo Fernandes, Roger Torres, Conor Casey, Antoine Hoppenot
Chicago Fire starting XI: (4-4-2) Sean Johnson; Wells Thompson, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Dilly Duka, Logan Pause, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere; Patrick Nyarko; Chris Rolfe
Chicago Fire bench: Paolo Tornaghi, Michael Videira, Corben Bone, Brendan King, Alex, Quincy Amerikwa, Sherjill MacDonald
Prediction: The last time these two squads met, the Union won but things could have gone better.
For the Philadelphia Union, a trade had seemed inevitable for weeks. With Bakary Soumare unpleased about his role on the team, head coach John Hackworth had no issue helping the center back find a new home.
However, it would be Gabriel Farfan, and not Soumare to be the first player traded from the Union this season.
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Bakary Soumare will remain in Chester, for the time being, despite his continued desire to move on from the team, after the Chicago Fire rejected a second overture by the Philadelphia Union, the Red Priest Podcast revealed today.
After Saturday's 1-0 win away at Toyota Park, the Union approached the Fire once again about a deal that would have sent Soumare to his former club and ended a months long trade demand by the center back.
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Bakary Soumare will be back in Chicago but it won't be in the manner it seemed it would be 10 days ago. The former Fire defender is likely to make his second MLS appearance for Philadelphia versus the team that he made his only Union start against. His old club, the Chicago Fire. Soumare said the Union and Fire had engaged in talks for a trade last week but now it seems unlikely that a deal will be consummated any time soon.
There's been little to report as to Bakary Soumare's future since making public his trade request in early March, but a Tweet from a Chicago based reporter shed some light on what has transpired since.
However, new news emerged that the 27 year-old may be returning to a familiar team in the near future.
The following is part two of a two part article of transcribed quotes from a podcast interview Bakary Soumare did with The Fire Confidential Podcast.For the transcribed version of the first half of the podcast, click here.
Has the club told you of how any of the talks are progressing or if any are close to being resolved?
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Frustrated at a lack of playing time, Philadelphia Union defender Bakary Soumare has requested a trade away from PPL Park, and it looks like the Union are going to shop him around. The prospect is certain to have several MLS clubs salivating, but are the New England Revolution among them?
Speaking solely on Soumare's merits, it's a move that can only improve the Revolution defense.
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