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Joao Meira announces he won't return to Chicago Fire in 2018

Joao Meira announced on Saturday that he will not return to the Chicago Fire in 2018.

The 30-year-old center back played a major role for Chicago in his two seasons with the club, appearing in 58 regular season matches and making 53 total starts in 2016 and 2017.

He was a key part of the Fire’s turnaround in 2017, forming a solid partnership with fellow center back Johan Kappelhof as Chicago finished with the third best regular season record in MLS one year after finishing dead last in the league.