Pavel Pardo has retired from soccer after a 19 year career that included 148 appearances for the Mexican National Team. The official announcement came this afternoon but Pardo told MedioTiempo.com's Ocscar Guzman (also the Fire's spanish radio play by play announcer) last night that he was calling it a career. Pardo was offered a position in the Fire organization but declined in order to stay with his family in Miami and focus on business opportunities there.
In the interview Pardo notes that he had been considering retirement, "but it came a little sooner than I thought". He went on to explain that his departure was in-part a financial decision. "They couldn't pay the salary that I was receiving last season so I decided not to play anymore," he said. Pardo could be alluding to salary cap constraints as the club looked to add reinforcements and continued, "I analyzed things, I discussed it with my wife and we thought it would be a good opportunity, the right moment to say goodbye. We left off well with the Fire organization, everything we talked about was clear and up front."
A class individual on and off the pitch, Pardo will be missed as an example and a leader in the locker room but the timing of the decision is likely the "right moment" for both the player and the club. His retirement leaves the Fire with four players currently occupying international roster spots (Friedrich, MacDonald, Alex, Tornaghi) and gives the club some flexibility in filling the two remaining foreign slots on the roster.