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Minnesota United trades defender and former captain Francisco Calvo to Chicago Fire

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The Loons will receive $400,000 in guaranteed allocation money for their captain.

March 31, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United Defender, Francisco Calvo displays his disagreement during the Minnesota United vs Atlanta United match at TCF Bank Stadium.

(Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)
March 31, 2018 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States - Minnesota United Defender, Francisco Calvo displays his disagreement during the Minnesota United vs Atlanta United match at TCF Bank Stadium. (Photo by Seth Steffenhagen/Steffenhagen Photography)

Minnesota United has traded captain and defender Francisco Calvo to the Chicago Fire, the club announced Friday morning.

The Loons will immediately receive $150,000 in allocation money:

  • $100,000 General Allocation Money (GAM)
  • $50,000 Targeted Allocation Money (TAM)

In 2020, United will receive $250,000 in allocation money:

  • $100,000 GAM
  • $150,000 TAM

Minnesota could receive an additional $125,000 TAM if Calvo meets future performance criteria or transfers outside of MLS.

Calvo, 26, joined Minnesota United in 2017 from Saprissa in his native Costa Rica. He played in the World Cup last summer and was selected to the league All-Star Game.

He has gained a reputation as a fiery leader, occasionally taking shots at the league and media outlets in postgame interviews. His fate at Minnesota was seemingly sealed after he picked up a red card for two cautions a couple weeks ago against Toronto FC.

After missing a game for his suspension, he was not part of the matchday squad against DC United. Manager Adrian Heath said he left Calvo out to avoid “negativity.”

According to a report from Andy Greder of the Pioneer Press, figures at the club “reached a breaking point” with the player.

Minnesota shuffled allocation money around on Thursday, acquiring $225,000 GAM from the LA Galaxy for $325,000 TAM, potentially lining up a replacement for Calvo.