It's Officially Official: Sherjill MacDonald Is Out; Arévalo Ríos Is In

Tullio M. Puglia

The Chicago Fire have announced that Arévalo Ríos has joined the club while Sherjill MacDonald is on his way out.

Updated from today's earlier story, the Chicago Fire have announced that Egidio Arévalo Ríos has been officially signed and will join the team pending his International Transfer Certificate and P1 Visa. Here is the statement from the website:

Nicknamed El Cacha, Ríos made his professional debut for his hometown Paysandú Bella Vista in 2000 and went on to appear in a total of 35 matches. In 2002 Rios featured for Bella Vista, scoring six goals across 108 appearances before moving to Peñarol in 2006, where he scored six goals in 29 appearances.

The Paysandú, Uruguay native’s career included a stop in Brazil with Botafogo before he joined Tijuana in 2011, where he led the Xolos to the 2012 Liga MX Apertura championship. In July 2012, Rios signed with Italian side Palermo where the right-footed midfielder scored two goals in 27 appearances.

A veteran Uruguayan international who has earned 46 caps for his country, Rios made seven appearances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, helping Uruguay to a fourth place finish. Named one of the three players over the age of 23-years-old for the 2012 London Olympics, Rios most recently competed in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup where he made three appearances.

And here is what the article says about Sherjill's departure:

The Fire additionally announced Wednesday that the club and forward Sherjill MacDonald have mutually agreed to part ways.

MacDonald signed with the Fire on July 24, 2012 from Belgian club Beerschot AC. The 28-year-old forward scored four goals and tallied five assists in 27 matches for the Men in Red.

No Loan. No trade. Just mutually parting ways.

While Sherjill's tenure with Chicago was not a successful one, we here at Hot Time In Old Town do wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

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