Whitecaps midfielder Tony Tchani traded to Fire days before MLS kick off

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It isn’t the most earth-shattering move, but with the 2018 MLS season looming it does come as a bit of a surprise.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced that they have traded midfielder Tony Tchani to the Chicago Fire in exchange for $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) that can be used this year.

“We are thankful to Tony for his time in Vancouver and wish him all the best with Chicago,” said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “This move will give us additional roster flexibility.”

Tchani, 28, began his career with the New York Red Bulls, before spending time with Toronto FC and the bulk of his time with Columbus Crew SC.

He has recorded 14 goals and 22 assists throughout his career, including four finishes last season for the Whitecaps.

The move gives the Fire plenty of depth in the midfield, particularly with Dax McCarty, Bastian Schweinsteiger and first-round SuperDraft pick Mo Adams all in contention for time.