An interesting bit of news surfaced a few days ago when Club America's coach Carlos Reinoso mentioned that midfielder Pavel Pardo was not likely to return to the Mexican side for their upcoming Apertura season. America begins pre-season training shortly and Reinoso was not certain of Pardo's status saying "..as for Pardo, he's looking at options with Chicago but as of today, I don't know." That was on May 30.
Today, news surfaced that Pardo is apparently negotiating a move to MLS and will not return to Club America. Although no club is mentioned Pardo has been previously rumored to have interest in Dallas, New York and Houston as well as Chicago.
Pardo was a talismanic player at Club America from 1999 to 2006 before departing for a fairly succesful stint in Germany and returning to Mexico in 2009. He's not exactly the prototypical "attacking midfielder" that most envision when discussing the Fire's immediate needs but he is still a solid two way player with excellent passing ability. The question is at 35 years old is he still a marquee player worthy of DP status in MLS.
Seems that several teams might be willing to find out.
All Star Voting
MLS announced the list of players on the ballot for this year's All Star Game against Manchester United in July. Fire players on the list are Segares, Pappa, Pause, Gibbs, Chaves, and Oduro.
Neville In Chicago
Manchester United legend and recent retiree Gary Neville will be in Chicago for the next two days and meeting fans at the Globe Pub on Friday afternoon.