Chicago Fire DP Arevalo Rios in training
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Chicago Fire acquire Uruguayan int'l Arevalo Rios on loan as DP, part ways with Sherjill MacDonald

The Chicago Fire completed the acquisition of Uruguayan midfielder Arévalo Ríos on loan from Italian side Palermo on Wednesday, boosting their midfield with a timely dose of quality and experience.

The 2010 World Cup veteran and 2011 Copa América winner will occupy a Designated Player slot for the Fire, who simultaneously announced that DP striker Sherjill MacDonald has departed the club by mutual consent.

“Arévalo is a midfielder with a wealth of international experience,” said Fire president of soccer operations Javier Leon in a statement. “He provides another talented option for our midfield and will help us make the push for the second half of the season.”

Ríos has been training with Chicago, but is still awaiting arrival of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa before he becomes eligible for match action.

A powerful, hard-working presence in the center of the park, Ríos has made 46 appearances for Uruguay and was a major contributor to their fourth-place run at South Africa 2010. He also participated in the 2012 London Olympics as an overage player and took part in the Confederations Cup earlier this year.

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