Chicago Signs Pavel Pardo

Chicago Signs Pavel Pardo

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 26, 2011
  • Pavel Pardo

Pavel Pardo scores for Club America in a friendly at the Georgia Dome in July 2010. (Getty Images)

The Chicago Fire announced today that the club has signed former Mexican international Pavel Pardo. The 35-year-old defensive midfielder will be added to the Fire’s roster upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

Yup, all of those Pardo rumors to MLS are finally over as he signs with the Fire. Thankfully the club isn’t spending a DP tag on Pardo here. One can say that the 35-year old would not have been worth a DP tag these days.

Pardo is the second-most capped player in Mexican National Team history, with 148 appearances for el Tri. The central midfielder appeared in seven matches for his country during the 1998 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, helping the side to Round of 16 appearances in both tournaments. Pardo was also a member of the Mexican side that hosted and won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and has twice been a part of Mexico’s CONCACAF Gold Cup winning team in 2003.

I can’t imagine too many folks outside of Chicago being overly excited about this move. On second thought most folks in Chicago might not be too thrilled with it as well. I know the Fire need help offensively in the midfield but I’m not sure Pardo will have the same effect on the club that Cuauhtémoc Blanco when he was in Chicago a couple years ago.

Still, its a move that shows the club is trying to get out of the cellar of the Eastern Conference here. Right now the Fire are tied with Toronto FC for last place in the East and have a long way to go here. They do have some games at hand but are currently eight points back of a playoff spot.

What do you all make of this signing by the Fire?