Chicago Fire decline option on Uruguayan international, Designated Player Arevalo Rios
Uruguayan international midfielder Arevalo Rios will likely be at the 2014 World Cup next summer. But he won't be there as a Chicago Fire player.
The club on Monday announced that it will not be picking up the Designated Player's contract option for the 2014 season, the first personnel moves made by new manager Frank Yallop since taking over for Frank Klopas on October 31.
Klopas brought in the 31-year-old Rios as a DP on August 14 from Italian side Palermo and the holding midfielder played a total of nine MLS matches.
The Fire also waived backup goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi, who has been with the club since March 2012. The ex-Inter Milan netminder appeared in only nine matches for Chicago, notching a 3-4-2 record and one shutout.
Tornaghi is eligible to be selected in the MLS Waiver Draft which will take place later Monday.