Daniel Paladini celebrates his equalizer vs. New York
Courtesy of Chicago Fire

Columbus Crew acquire rights to Chicago Fire midfielder Daniel Paladini for draft pick

The changes in Columbus continue under new manager Gregg Berhalter.

Hours after trading away the last member of their 2008 MLS Cup-winning squad -- 10-year Columbus veteran Chad Marshall -- the Crew on Thursday acquired the rights to central midfielder Daniel Paladini from the Chicago Fire in exchange for a fourth round 2014 SuperDraft pick.

WATCH: Paladini scores vs. RBNY

Paladini, whose 2014 option was declined by the Chicago Fire, was originally eligible for the the 2014 Re-Entry Draft, but he opted out before Stage 1 was held on Thursday. The 29-year-old will now be able to negotiate a new deal with Columbus.

The California native, who was originally drafted 24th overall by the LA Galaxy back in 2006, spent the last three seasons with the Fire.

After a promising 2011 with 16 starts, Paladini has mostly come off the bench for Chicago in the last two seasons.


MLS All-Star Game Tickets available now!

MLS All-Stars take on Spanish giants Real Madrid in star-studded clash on August 2 in Chicago, IL.

Find Tickets  |  More about the All-Star Game

Stay connected: The official MLS app keeps you connected with the latest news, highlights, scores, standings, and analysis all for FREE. Download for iOS (Apple) or Download for Android