The Fire have cleared an international roster spot enabling them to officially add Arévalo Rios by mutually agreeing to part ways with Sherjill MacDonald. The Fire unsuccessfully sought a transfer or loan deal for the Dutch striker but were not able to find a taker. By agreeing to part company, MacDonald can now presumably return to Belgium and cut his own deal with a new club.
MacDonald was signed as a Designated Player on July 24, 2012 and contributed 4 goals and 5 assists over 27 games since joining the club. After an impressive start to his MLS career, he tailed off in the last month of the 2012 season and struggled to find his form this season after apparently coming into preseason training camp with fitness issues. According to MacDonald, a calf problem also hampered him this year.
Rios will be added to the roster and will be eligible for selection pending the receipt of his international transfer certificate and P-1 visa. Expect Rios to make his Fire debut this weekend in New England.