Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Crowded Fire house forces out Mapp
by Ridge Mahoney, July 26th, 2010 10:56PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  chicago fire, mls, philadelphia union

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The trade ofJustin Mapp from Chicago to Philadelphia isn't simply a case of too many midfielders on the same roster, yet that condition surely played a role.

Mapp, 26, in his eighth season with the Fire and ninth in MLS, has gone to Philly in exchange for an undisclosed amount of allocation money. His playing time this season had dwindled, with Baggio Husidic, Peter Lowry and Mike Banner all getting more minutes and Marco Pappa’s emergence as a lock in the starting lineup.

Mapp can compete for a starting spot right away in Philly, which has recovered from a rough start to escape the Eastern Conference cellar yet hasn’t found a lockdown, left-sided midfielder who can give balance to Sebastien Le Toux’s presence.

Mapp started only six of 10 matches for Chicago this season under new coach Carlos de los Cobos, who will give plenty of time to Mexican speedster Nery Castillo, who can play a variety of attacking roles. The house will be more crowded when Patrick Nyarko recovers from concussion-related symptoms that have kept him out of the lineup since July 3.

Castillo is expected to make his first MLS appearance Sunday when Chicago plays the Galaxy, and Nyarko said last week he hopes to be ready as well. The trade also shaves Mapp's $245,000 salary off the Fire's salary cap; as a midseason addition, Castillo will "cost" the Fire $167,500 in cap space in 2010.

The former member of the U.S. U-17 national team started his pro career as a 16-year-old in 2002 with D.C. United, for which he played just 28 minutes prior to being traded to Chicago in February, 2003. Later that year he played in all five U.S. games at the FIFA U-20 World Cup; he had represented the U.S. U-17s two years earlier at the world championship. Mapp earned his first senior cap for the U.S. in 2005 and played all three Copa America matches in 2007.

In three seasons (2005, 2006, 2008) he recorded an MLS personal best of eight assists. Last year, he played 21 games (11 starts) for the Fire, scored one goal, and contributed three assists. In his career he’s played 177 regular-season games with 14 goals and 36 assists.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Talking Points: 'Hatred' seeps into New York derby    
The intensity of the Hudson River Derby took on a new level, rising with the midday ...
U.S. Abroad: More bad luck for Garza    
Greg Garza, who missed most of last season with a hip injury, suffered more bad back ...
MLS Talking Points: Sounders feel the heat    
The Seattle Sounders hit bottom Sunday in the oppressive Midwest heat when they fell to Sporting ...
Video Pick: Solo golazo by Andrey Arshavin    
The 35-year Russian star Andrey Arshavin, who played for Arsenal in 2009-2013, now plies his trade ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"We won the game. That's what you do in soccer games. We were on the road ...
What They're Saying: Patrick Vieira    
"The comment from Jesse during the week had a massive impact on the referees. And of ...
What They're Saying: Alejandro Bedoya    
"Just watched that performance by Seattle vs KC. Still remember them telling me my value & ...
MLS Moves: Former U-20 star Steffen joins Crew    
Zack Steffen, who starred for the USA at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup, signed with the ...
MLS Week 20: Results & Standings    
FC Dallas remained first in the MLS Supporters' Shield race, three points ahead of the Colorado ...
USA-Costa Rica: Olympic tuneups end with easy win    
The USA closed out its preparations for the Olympic women's soccer tournament on Friday when it ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives