Grazzini loaned out

The Fire have announced that midfielder Sebastian Grazzini has been loaned out to Argentine first division side Atletico de Rafaela.  Terms of the loan were not made available by the Fire or MLS but reports out of Argentine suggest that the deal is based on a one year loan for no fee.

This puts an end to a bizarre saga that saw Grazzini depart for Argentina after the Fire picked up his contract option amid claims of "family issues" and/or "personal matters".  We may never know exactly what events transpired leading to this eventuality but it seems that the complicated world of MLS rules and regulations involving financial terms may have played a part in the departure of a talented and important player.

Filed under: 2012 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Also, he's a good player proven to be effective in MLS. That to me is a big deal. If an MLS team were smart I could see them paying him close to what he wants and bringing him back to burn the Fire. This seems like something the NJ Metro Bulls would do. He is 31 but as proven by Cuah you don't really need to run to play that position.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    I don't think he could just walk onto another MLS club next June because of the existing league rules regarding re-entry, expiring rights, etc. The Fire would still hold his MLS rights if he isn't outright waived or if they make an offer.

  • Time will tell if it's an anomaly or the Fire are unprofessional. When Conde was crying I thought it was just him...but know this makes you wonder.hopefully they sign someone to fill that intl spot and not just sit on it or sign some mediocre player from South America like they have been doing.

  • The Fire's revolving door roster saga continues..............

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    Not really. Grazzini's been gone for well over a month now, this just solidifies it. No surprise he got loaned out and didn't come back though, as no one really expected him to.

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    I think the Fire would have been better off with Grazzini than
    without him as is the case now. Time for all of us to move on.
    We are wining now and need to keep the momentum going.
    Go Fire " Hopefully All The Way Towards Wining The MLS Trophy."

  • In reply to Juergen:

    Agreed. What's done is done, time to move on.

  • While the Grazzini thing was poorly handled, I can't help but think the Fire may be better of now with out him... Not having him on the field allows the team to play with two forwards now and the attack out of midfield seems more consistently dangerous with Nyarko/Pappa on one flank and the addition of Flaco on the other.

    Grazzini could be spectacular but he didn't track back and he could disappear sometimes. I think the team has upgraded despite his absence and since he left they're 5-2-2 and at 3-0-1 unbeaten since the new acquisitions arrived (could be 4-0-0)...

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