CHICAGO (Aug. 27, 2015) – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club has transferred midfielder Shaun Maloney to English Championship side Hull City A.F.C. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"It’s tough to see a player of his quality leave but you have to take the human aspect of sport into consideration," said Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. "I’m pleased that the club, Andrew Hauptman, myself and Brian Bliss were able to find a solution that worked for all parties involved and I wish Shaun nothing but the best.”
The Scottish international joined the Fire as a Designated Player on Jan. 25, 2015 from Wigan Athletic.
“This was a very difficult decision to make but one that I felt I needed to make for various reasons," Maloney said. "I’d like to thank Andrew Hauptman and Frank Yallop for the initial hard work they put into bringing me to Chicago in January. Although my time at the club was brief, I feel very fortunate for the experience to play for the Chicago Fire and would like to thank in particular my teammates for the time I spent with them and hope that in the future the club can become successful on the pitch once again."
Maloney made his Fire debut in the season opener against the LA Galaxy on March 6. Maloney tallied three goals and added two assists in 14 league matches. The Scottish international additionally made three appearances in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play, helping the Fire reach the semifinal round for the third consecutive year.