Rios move not in the cards

Rumors out of Italy and South America have floated about recently regarding the Fire's interest in midfielder Arévalo Rios. A report today went so far as to claim a deal was imminent and suggested that Rios' agent was in Italy working out the details to complete a move to MLS.

While the Fire have expressed some past interest in Rios it seems that a move is not in the making. At 31 years old and recently with Palermo in Serie A, Rios is still a capable player but he's not a fit in Chicago for several reasons. Salary and cap/budget restrictions, available international roster spots, and the Fire's abundance of holding midfielders make this an unlikely acquisition. With Jeff Larentowicz, Logan Pause, and Daniel Paladini the club appears to be set at the central holding spot and would be more in the market for an attack minded central player before adding another piece at a spot of strength.

In order to justify spending the amount of resources required to add a player like Rios, he would need to be a player capable of making a significant impact and provide a marked improvement over the Fire's other options at the position. While he still has some quality, playing for 10 teams in 13 years would suggest that he's a short term gamble at best. There's a reason why clubs don't spend DP dollars on holding midfielders.

A club source confirmed that there is no deal in place or pending to acquire Rios.


Filed under: 2013 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • If the Fire can beat DC United in the USOC semi-final they'll have to go on the road for the Final. The East lost the coin flip today.

    If Portland wins the Final will be on Sept 24. If RSL wins it's on October 1.

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    Traveling team?... Ugh! Section 8, and the rest of us need to make a better showing this time. Lets win this next one, and then really go for it then.

  • yeah, the rumors didn't make much sense given his position, thanks for getting to bottom of that.

  • Defensive mid isn't their top priority. Toronto FC spent DP money on Julian De Guzman and had little impact. They need a visionary on the field that will open up space. Instead of courting Rios, they should start developing Victor Pineda in that spot.

  • They decided they needed an attacking midfielder so maybe they decided to go after Forlan instead. Just kidding, I know there's no chance the Fire will sign a player that anyone has ever heard of.

  • methinks the first order of business is finding some sucker to take on macdonald. maybe the fire can throw in a super sized big mac meal deal, in honor of his name, his girth, and the us of a. then they can sign that elusive attacking mid to take us to the promised land!

  • Ives' site is saying that Arevalo is joining the Fire according to reports from Italy and Uruguay. Guillermo, is this BS or legit? Still seems like BS based on all you've stated.

  • In reply to Drew:

    I'm always amazed when some of the national media outlets are quick to run with rumors from overseas without checking and present them as fact. Arevalo is not coming to the Fire.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    i hear ya. i figured it was trash. some people/sites will do anything for clicks.

  • "Any truth to the rumor that Zidane is coming to the Fire?"
    -me circa 2007

    On a serious note, when does the transfer window close?

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    he'd still dominate mls

  • In reply to Drew:

    Window closes August 8.

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    in the year of our Lord, 2013, on August 8th.

  • Forbes is reporting the Crew were sold for $68 million.



  • Per Orrin Schwarz, Paolo Tornaghi is expecting his green card in the next month or two which will open up an international spot.

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    Is Dempsey flying from San Fran to Ohare?

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  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Now that, my friends, would be what you call a "SIGNING".

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    Looks like he's going to Seattle. All the ambition's out on the west coast and east coast. Not on the great lakes coast.

  • so dempsey to seattle, must have been a record transfer fee for the MLS. maybe there is some truth to the #bartontocf97?

  • In reply to penapirata:


    $9 million dollar transfer and $8 million per year for 4 years. That's a lot of scratch.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    so....can you now ask AH if he'll pay Dempsey like money for the right player? :)

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    In reply to Drew:

    I think AH is now pondering if he can top Columbus Crew's sale price.

  • I would love it if AH sold the team. I am tired of an AWOL owner.

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