Fire decline option on Arevalo Rios, waive Tornaghi

The first two official moves of the Frank Yallop era are in the books. The Fire have announced that they are declining the option on midfielder Egidio Arevalo Rios and that goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi has been waived. Rios appeared in 9 games for the club and his release comes as no surprise considering that he likely would have missed a big chunk of the 2014 MLS season while playing in the World Cup for Uruguay. His 2014 DP salary also would have been a significant amount for a holding midfielder in MLS (higher than the $768k shown by MLSPU in 2013) and that probably made the decision easier for Yallop. His short stint was probably about as close as you're going to get to a half season "rental player" in MLS.

Tornaghi's departure comes as something of a small surprise considering he received his green card this past summer and no longer counts against the eight international spots allotted to each team. His play in relief of Sean Johnson this year was spotty however and probably facilitated the move. The Fire have a 2014 option on Johnson and he still appears to be a prime candidate for the "retention funds" rule if the Fire plan to sign him past 2014.

The club now only has one "DP" remaining on the active roster in Juan Luis Anangono.

Note: Stay tuned - word is the complete 2014 MLS schedule could be out some time today

Filed under: 2013 Post Season

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  • The Tornaghi move is a surprise. I believe they were a little heavy at the defensive-mid/holding-mid position to begin with, so I'm hoping they're looking to use that DP money elsewhere. It'll be interesting to see what happens over the next 10-11 weeks or so before training camp begins.

  • 2014 MLS Schedule is out. Here's Chicago's draw:

    Not surprised about Rios, but like most, a bit surprised about Tornaghi. That said, I would've been more surprised if it was 2012 Tornaghi that got waived instead of 2013 Tornaghi. I'm sure Yallop has something in mind.

  • They may go younger there at backup GK. This may be last year here for SJ as demand increases internationally. It's one position we tend to produce to world class levels.

  • In reply to Bumsteer:

    I'm thinking they may go veteran back up. They'll need someone reliable if Johnson gets called in or misses time for any other reason. Kann is the only other GK on the roster right now and I wouldn't go there.

  • Is it not possible that Tornaghi told the Fire he wanted out, after sitting on the bench for three years? Perhaps Yallop told him that first-team football was not in his future with the Fire and Tornaghi asked to be released.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    Not to be *that* guy, but Tornaghi signed before the 2012 season, so he only sat the bench for two seasons. I mean, we're not talking Corben Bone here. :)

  • Much more upset about losing Rios than Tornaghi. Rios was our 2nd best player while Tornaghi was never a legitimate starting option.

  • Declining Rios opens up a lot of money and a DP spot that hopefully Yallop will use well. When Rios and Big Red were playing together, we were very predictable because those two were not going to give us anything offensively. Big Red can play the holding mid and we need to find someone that can go both ways on the field but have more of an offensive mind, like a Feilhaber or something. Tornaghi isn't good enough to be our starting keeper and that is what we should be looking for. SJ has an outside chance of being the #3 at the WC this summer and he is most likely leaving after this season anyway. We need to find a keeper that is starting quality. That is not Tornaghi.

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