With Sebastian Grazzini and Pavel Pardo both signing for the Chicago Fire during the past two weeks, the Fire continued its business in the transfer market on Wednesday by trading Dasan Robinson to Toronto FC for Dan Gargan and a supplemental draft pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Along with Grazzini and Pardo, the Toronto defender becomes the Fire’s third acquisition this month while Robinson becomes the second player to part ways with Chicago after Bratislav Ristic was released a day earlier.
Robinson enjoyed five seasons with the Chicago Fire and amassed 85 appearances during that time. Robinson’s rookie season in 2006 even saw him lift the US Open Cup as the Fire defeated Los Angeles to earn its 4th US Open Cup title. Appearances have been hard to come by this season for the 27-year-old, ensuring this is a trade that won’t raise too many eyebrows amongst Fire supporters. Robinson has appeared in just five league matches this season and has struggled to compete with Cory Gibbs, Yamith Cuesta and Josip Mikulic for a spot in central defense. A summary of the matches Robinson has appeared in this season can be seen below:
Robinson, who also spent two seasons with the Chicago Fire Premier before being called up by the Fire, will always be remembered for being a part of the 2006 US Open Cup winning team and being a respected figure in the Fire locker room. Robinson is also widely respected across the league for his work with Urban Initiatives’ Work To Play Program. The Chicago Fire certainly wish him the best as he heads for Toronto.
Meanwhile, the acquisition of Gargan looks to be more of a cover for Ristic, who was released in order to free up an international spot in the roster for Pardo. The former Georgetown Hoya made 43 appearances for the Toronto FC and has appeared in 12 matches so far this season, starting in eight of them. Gargan was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2006 and has also spent time with Chivas USA and the Puerto Rico Islanders, although he never made an appearance for the former having briefly retiring from the sport for personal reasons.
At age 28, Gargan’s main asset for the Fire will be his versatility. Gargan can play along the back four and has also been positioned in midfield. With the Fire facing an uphill task to qualify for the playoffs, Klopas has looked to strengthen his side as much as possible during this transfer window. While Grazzini and Pardo will look to transform the Fire’s midfield, Gargan will provide depth for the Fire and provide some much needed cover in defense. If each of these players performs the way their capable of during the remainder of the season, Chicago could be on the up.