January 12, 2012
FINALLY, GETTING HIS WISH
Source: Red Bulls buy Conde's rights from Fire
By Michael Lewis
|According to a reliable source, the Red Bulls acquired the MLS rights of Colombian defender Wilman Conde from the Chicago Fire.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It looks like veteran defender Wilman Conde will finally get his wish -- four years later.
Conde, who wanted to be traded from the Chicago Fire to the Red Bulls in 2008, has had his Major League Soccer rights purchased by New York, a reliable MLS source said on Thursday.
It was not known what year the draft choice would be from.
Conde, 29, who plays with Atlas in Mexico, would have to give his approval. According to rumors, the source said, he is willing to join the Major League Soccer team.
Conde has performed in 13 games, scoring twice, for Atlas this season.
He played with the Fire from 2007-2011, appearing in 73 matches and scoring four goals.
In 2008, Conde told ChicagolandSoccerNews.com that he wanted to leave the Fire and play with former Chicago coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who was the Red Bulls coach at the time. However, the Fire, still angry over the Red Bulls poaching Osorio in the off-season, refused to deal with New York at the time.
“As you may recall, it was through Juan Carlos Osorio that I came to the MLS, and the Chicago Fire particularly,” Conde said in 2008. “That is why I would you to know that I wish to continue to work with him and rejoin him with his new team, the New York Red Bulls. The Chicago Fire is a great institution but my interests and desires are no longer with this team. It is a difficult situation but it is my desire to pursue my career with the New York Red Bulls starting this season.”
After Osorio’s departure from the Fire,, John Guppy, the the Chicago president, stated that Conde was under contract and would not be going anywhere.
Neither the Red Bulls nor Conde could not be reached for comment Thursday.