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Chicago trades forwards; adds defender
by Ridge Mahoney, March 24th, 2011 1AM

TAGS:  houston dynamo, mls, philadelphia union


[MLS MOVES] Just a few days after missing a sitter that could have earned Houston a point against Philadelphia, forward Dominic Oduro has been traded to Chicago.

Oduro, 25, has played for FC Dallas, New York, and Houston since coming to MLS in 2006. In 44 games for the Dynamo starting in 2009, the native of Ghana scored six goals and earned four assists. Last year, he tied his career high mark of five goals while starting 19 of his 27 appearances.

In exchange, the Fire sent forward Calen Carr to the Dynamo. Carr, 28, was picked by Chicago in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and in 82 matches scored nine goals and recorded three assists. Carr is a native of Northern California who played his college soccer at Cal. He has been bothered by a concussion suffered in preseason training.

The Fire also announced Wednesday it had acquired the rights to defender Yamith Cuesta, who played the 2009 and 2010 seasons with Chivas USA before being waived in February. Chivas USA received a conditional pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft.

“Yamith is a gifted defender with size, speed and strong defensive skills,” said Fire technical director Frank Klopas in a team press release. “Our defense will benefit from bringing in a young player with experience both in MLS and his native Colombia.”

Cuesta, 21, started his pro career in his native Colombia four years ago, and was loaned to Chivas USA in 2009. He played in 15 MLS matches and has also represented the Colombian U-20 team. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement negotiated between MLS and the MLS Players’ Union last year, Chivas USA retained his rights after waiving him, as he does not meet the benchmarks of age or MLS experience to pass through waivers unencumbered.

Oduro is expected to train with the Fire Thursday and be available Saturday for Chicago’s home opener against Kansas City.

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