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Minnesota United moves D Calvo to Chicago Fire

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The Chicago Fire acquired Minnesota United captain Francisco Calvo in a trade Thursday, bringing aboard the 2018 All-Star defender for $400,000 in allocation money.

Calvo not only played for Costa Rica in the World Cup, he was also a Minnesota United captain for three seasons and was one of the team’s first acquisitions when it started in MLS for the 2017 season. A center back for the first two years with the Loons, Calvo was moved to left back this year.

Calvo was a starter in Minnesota United’s first six games as the team got off to a 3-2-1 start, including a 3-3 tie against New York City FC in the opening of the Loon’s new stadium on April 13. Problems arose one week later.

Calvo received one of two late Minnesota United red cards in a 4-3 loss to Toronto FC on April 19 as the Loons were unable to protect a late lead. Tempers flared in the locker room after the game, according to reports.

The red card kept Calvo out of a matchup April 24 at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy, with a tight back line holding one of the Western conference’s top teams to a 0-0 tie.

Head coach Adrian Heath then held Calvo out of Sunday’s home game against D.C. United as Minnesota United earned a 1-0 victory, the team’s first triumph at Allianz Field.

“I just didn’t want any negativity about the group,” Heath said at the time, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He’s obviously disappointed, and I thought it would be better if we left him out altogether.”

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