Pavel Pardo retires

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’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.


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  • Good luck to him. Gave good effort but I think he was retiring at the right time. Hopefully the Fire will bring in a winger and a striker now. Is the Flaco move official also?

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    Flaco move is not official according to the Fire, but the Qatari club posted a picture of Flaco signing his contract with them.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Expect announcement soon.

  • In reply to MikeRUZE:

    They're looking at both positions. There's interest in a wing player currently playing in one of the Euro top flight leagues.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Do you know who?

  • In reply to Drew:

    Working on that one....

  • What's the status of Guillermo Franco, he is still listed as being on the roster and other soccer sites still list him as a Fire player.
    Unfortunately, he was red carded in his only start, and only played 43 minutes. The brief time he played it seemed he was a fairly skilled player.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Franco won't be returning. His contract expired on 12/31. I'm not sure why he's still listed on the web site's roster but he's gone.

  • "We left off well with the Fire organization, everything we talked about was clear and up front." I hope this is true. Pardo is a class act.

  • In the latest Red Priests podcast we talk Superdraft, Pavel Pardo, the future of Corben Bone, new additions, and what may lie ahead in transfer news....

  • So three international spots open and Drogba's still out there...

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Drogba might qualify for a scarf lunch.....

  • Good luck to Pavel. Sorry to hear he wasn't interested in staying on in some other capacity with the club but if it wasn't right for him and his family, then so be it. It was a pleasure to see him with the Fire for the last year and a half. But family should always comes first! So I will miss him, but this was the right time. I agree.

    I would like to see a bigger personnel move by the club but think there's benefit to finding a balance between getting someone so good they don't stay because of greater opportunity abroad and the mediocre journeyman hopeful unknowns. After the confusion and disillusion of last year, I'm generally liking the moves we're seeing just now. Waiting anxiously to see what emerges from the blender (training camp).

  • Per Jeff Crandall, the team should be releasing a list of training camp trialists in the next few days.

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