|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls forward Tom Barlow has been traded to the Chicago Fire for $250 thousand in allocation money over the next two seasons. The embattled striker had been rumored to have a move away from the team after his option for 2024 was picked up by the club at the end of the season.
Barlow made an appearance in every MLS regular season game in 2023, scoring three goals in that span. The 28 year-old has been with the club since 2019 and with New York Red Bulls II before that. Over that span he played in 123 first team games, scoring 14 goals and notching two assists. Injuries to Corey Burke and Dante Vanzeir saw head coach Troy Lesesne rely on Barlow for large chunks of the campaign, despite his inability to score goals.
"Tom was a true professional and had a great attitude," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "We are wishing him and his family the best in this next step of his career."
This news follows the signing of attacking player Emil Forsberg and the rumor that more offensive talent is on the way before the start of the 2024 season.