Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fire add midfielder Pardo, drop Ristic

Pavel Pardo -- Getty Images
By Charlie Corr

The season-long Pavel Pardo rumor mill finally has an MLS tag tied to the luggage. The destination: the Chicago Fire.

The Fire announced Tuesday that they are bringing in the Mexican international on his 35th birthday, coincidentally. In the process of freeing up an international spot on their roster, the Fire released midfielder Bratislav Ristic.

Fire interim head coach Frank Klopas had publicly dismissed this possibility of Pardo's signing about a month ago, but apparently the big picture changed dramatically from the team's perspective over the past several weeks.

"Pavel's international credentials and track record as a professional were defining factors in us bringing Pavel to the Fire," Klopas said in a statement. "He will provide additional depth in the midfield as we push for a playoff spot in the second half of the MLS season."

Read more at ESPNChicago.com.

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