Nelson Rodriguez steps down as Chicago Fire FC president

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The big changes for Chicago Fire FC continued on Monday as president Nelson Rodriguez stepped down from his position, the club announced Monday.

“I began discussing my future with owner and chairman Joe Mansueto last month," Rodríguez said in a statement. "At this transformational time for the organization, and after five years with the Fire, I’m ready for a change and I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges. I always tried to do what was best for the club and I am grateful to Joe for his enormous support and to Andrew Hauptman for the opportunity originally given to me. The club is moving in an exciting direction and I wish the team, the staff and fans the very best of luck.”

Rodríguez originally joined the Fire in September 2015 as general manager. In January 2018, he took on an expanded role as president and GM. In 2020, Rodríguez began focusing solely on all business areas of the club, including the Fire’s transition back to the city of Chicago and Soldier Field.

“For five years, Nelson has dedicated himself and given his everything to the Club,” Mansueto said. “He has helped me tremendously over the course of our first year working together and I am grateful for that. We thank him for his loyal service to the Fire and we wish him all the best moving forward.”