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Rumor: Tom Barlow to Chicago in GAM Trade

photo by Matt Kremkau

by Anthony J. Merced

New York Red Bulls striker Tom Barlow could be on the move to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in General Allocation Money according to Tom Bogert of The Athletic and MLS. The move would see the maligned striker leave the club in a turbulent year where former head coach Troy Lesesne relied on him heavily in their 2023 playoff push.

Barlow is a career Red Bull player having joined the club professionally in 2018, having been drafted by the club. He made early appearances with the reserve team New York Red Bulls II before moving up the main team in 2019. The past two seasons he's played in 30 plus games with 2023 representing the most starts he has had with 20 in the regular season. Despite the opportunities, he was only able to score three goals and notch two assists in the campaign.

The trade would not be particularly straight forward should it happen. Barlow is listed as a potential free agent with a club option. The team would more than likely need to trigger that option in order to make the trade possible. Otherwise Barlow would become an MLS free agent at the end of the year.

Rumors are abound of major changes at New York Red Bulls with Head of Sport Jochen Schneider already relieving the head coach and sporting director of their duties. The arrival of RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg has also been teased and the potential of another European coach on Sandro Schwarz. All of this is conjecture at the moment as the team is yet to reveal their end of season roster moves.

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