Chicago Fire Acquire Wells Thompson From Colorado Rapids

Midfielder Joins Men in Red from the Colorado Rapids in Exchange for Conditional Pick

CHICAGO, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2012) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the club has acquired Wells Thompson from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Per team and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

"Wells is a steady, dependable player that has proven himself in MLS," said Fire Head Coach Frank Klopas. "He will provide additional depth and coverage on the wing and in the midfield as we continue to make our push for the MLS Cup Playoffs."

Thompson joined the Colorado Rapids in 2010 from the New England Revolution and tallied five goals and four assists in 75 MLS Regular Season matches. Thompson was a member of the Rapids squad that won the 2010 MLS Cup.

Drafted by the New England Revolution in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft,

Thompson made 71 regular season appearances in three seasons for the Revolution. In his rookie season, Thompson made 27 appearances and started 11 matches, then started all four post-season games for the Revs, including the 2007 MLS Cup final. 

Thompson made his MLS debut against the Fire on April 7, 2007. He also notched his first professional goal against the Men in Red on May 6, 2007. 

A four-year standout at Wake Forest University, Thompson finished his collegiate career with 16 goals and 10 assists, helping Wake Forest advance to the 2006 NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history. 

Thompson will be available for selection by Head Coach Frank Klopas for the Fire's match against Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, ON on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:00 p.m. CT (NBC 5.2/97.5 ESPN Deportes).

Name: Wells Thompson
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Date of Birth: November 25, 1983
Place of Birth: Winston-Salem, NC
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Citizenship: USA
Acquired: Acquired from Colorado Rapids on Sept. 10, 2012
Twitter: @WellsThompson