According to a [Goal.com report](http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/66/united-states/2009/09/02/1477082/exclusive-chicagos-rolfe-to-join-danish-club-aalborg), Fire forward Chris Rolfe is set to leave Chicago in January to join Danish Club Aalborg (or Aab, as they are more commonly known) on a free transfer.
"I'm very excited, as I think Aalborg is as well," Rolfe told Goal.com. "It's a new opportunity and something I've always wanted to do."
**The Fire front office has confirmed the story to be true. Here's Frank Klopas's quote:**
**"Chris Rolfe has wanted to play overseas for some time and we certainly support his decision to pursue this dream. The Fire has appreciated his significant contributions to the club over the last few years. He is a talented and passionate player and we wish him the very best and hope that he can end his time here by winning a championship."**
The 26-year-old Rolfe, who is in the last year of his contract with the Fire, was apparently looking to come back to MLS next year but negotiations broke down earlier this summer and he began to look elsewhere.
The fifth year University of Dayton product, who told me just last week that he wanted to "play at the highest level I can possibly play at" in 2010, did thank the Chicago fans for their support throughout his tenure with the Fire.
"I love Chicago, they've been great to me," he said. "The fans, especially, have been awesome. But with the way the contracts are in MLS, now was really the only time for me to make this jump."
Rolfe will sign a three year deal with Aab when the transfer window re-opens in January and will join fellow American Marcus Tracy at the club and fellow Yanks Benny Feilhaber, Dan Califf, and Michael Parkhurst in the Danish League.
The loss of Rolfe is another tough blow for the Fire, who figure to go through a tumultuous off-season this winter. We'll see how everything pans out once the season ends, but Brian McBride, Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Gonzalo Segares, Wilman Conde and Marco Pappa could be joining Rolfe, former defender Bakary Soumare, and the retiring Brandon Prideaux in leaving the team -- moves that would effectively rip out the nucleus of the 2009 squad.