Wells Thompson of the Colorado Rapids wanted to be traded to a contending team, and the Chicago Fire answered the call. According to Jack McCarthy of the Chicago Tribune, the Rapids sent the midfielder to the Fire on Monday in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Thompson took some reps with the Fire on Monday as the final details of the trade were hammered out, according to McCarthy.
The Rapids had said on Wednesday that they were going to honor Thompson's request, so if they started looking for a trade partner at that point, the Fire were quick to get on the phone.
"Wells has expressed a desire to find first-team soccer, and based on all he has given our club and our community, we have been working with him to make this happen," Rapids spokesman David Lindholm said in a statement.
Colorado is seventh in the Western Conference, nine points out of a spot in the playoffs with only six games remaining, while the Fire are in a much better position. They're No. 4 in the MLS's Eastern Conferece with 44 points, though D.C. United trails just out of a playoff spot with 41 points and could threaten.
Thompson is 28 years old and has one assist in 17 appearances this year, which includes five starts to his credit. He appeared in 31 regular season games a season ago with three goals and three assists. He was with the Rapids in 2010 when they won the MLS Cup.