Chicago will enter the 2013 MLS season without Gargan or Cory Gibbs, two of their top back players.
Chicago Fire defender Dan Gargan was claimed in the second stage of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes, ending his one-year run with the team.
Three Fire players were available, but Gargan, a seven-year veteran, was the only one chosen. Jay Nolly, the third-string goalkeeper, became a free agent after going undrafted. Midfielder Corben Bone passed through the first round, and pulled out of the draft before the second circuit started, anticipating an extension with the Fire.
The Fire selected Maicon Santos, a forward who played for D.C. United last season, in Stage 1.
A player taken in Stage 1 of the draft receives a five percent pay increase, and is likely the reason why more players were taken in Stage 2 -- where players and teams have seven days to reach contractual terms with the players taken.
The Fire look to enter the 2013 season without Gargan and Cory Gibbs, who retired after the 2012 season.