Chicago Fire Loan Sebastian Grazzini to Atletico de Rafaela

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - OCTOBER 12: Sebastian Grazzini #10 of the Chicago Fire celebrates a second half goal against FC Dallas during an MLS match at Toyota Park on October 12, 2011 in Bridgeview, Illinois. FC Dallas defeated the Fire 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Fire Front Office announced today that Sebastian Grazzini has been loaned to the Argentinean Club Atletico de Rafael. This is not a huge surprise as there have been rumors circulating that some clubs in Argentina have been interested in Grazzini. Earlier this month, Javier Leon had mentioned that there had been no interest in Grazzini from Argentinean clubs, but it would have been frivolous of the Fire to keep a player completely on the books when he's not going to play for the team.

Per team and MLS policy, the terms of the loan are undisclosed, so it's unknown what exactly the Fire are getting out of this. It's also probably safe to assume this loan will be for the duration of Grazzini's contract and that his time with the Fire is over.

The official press release after the jump:

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club have loaned Argentinean midfielder Sebastian Grazzini to Atlético de Rafaela. Per team and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


The 31-year-old joined the Fire on July 13, 2011 when he signed as a free agent. The Rosario, Argentina product started 25 matches while with the Fire, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists.


Name: Sebastian Grazzini

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5’11"

Weight: 165 lbs.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1981

Place of Birth: Rosario, Argentina

Hometown: Rosario, Argentina

Citizenship: Argentina

Departed: Loaned to Atlético de Rafaela on August 17, 2012

Everyone here at Hot Time In Old Town wishes the best for Grazzini and his family and wishes him the best of luck with his new club in Argentina.

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