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About those Rodolfo Pizarro-Chicago Fire rumors

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It doesn’t look like it’s happening

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There are a number of rumors at the moment claiming the Chicago Fire are working on a massive deal to bring Mexican attacking midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro to the team.

But, a league source tells Hot Time in Old Town “the Fire are focused on other players.”

Pizarro would help sell tickets, to be sure. He’s an exciting, attacking player. He’s a regular starter on the Mexican National Team. And, Pizarro is only 25, so he has plenty of great years ahead, meaning he could be more than just a famous face—he could help on the pitch, too.

But, if Pizarro is leaving the Mexican champions CF Monterrey, it makes more sense that he would try to jump to a big European league for the prime of his career. If the Fire were going to wrestle him away and bring him here—the price tag would be massive.

At the moment, the Fire have two more designated player spots to fill for the 2020 season. Argentina international Gaston Gimenez could still grab one of those spots, which means the Fire will have to decide what they want for that final spot—a big name, a young star, or the rare player like Pizarro, who fits both categories.