Fire sign Pavel Pardo

Mexican midfielder joins Men in Red from Club America

The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced today that the club has signed former Mexican international Pavel Pardo. The defensive midfielder will be added to the Fire’s roster upon the receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Guadalajara, Mexico product will be eligible for selection by interim head coach Frank Klopas when the Fire host the Philadelphia Union at TOYOTA PARK on Wednesday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. CT (My50). Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Pavel is a very talented player who can help our team,” said Technical Director and interim Head Coach Frank Klopas. “Pavel’s international credentials and track-record as a professional were defining factors in us bringing Pavel to the Fire. He will provide additional depth in the midfield as we push for a playoff spot in the second half of the MLS season.”

Pardo began his career with hometown Mexican Primera side Club Atlas, where he appeared in 156 matches and recorded seven goals from 1993-98. Following a brief stint with UAG Tecos, Pardo joined Mexican giants Club America for the first of two career stints in 1999. It was with las Aguilas that Pardo made his mark, appearing in 244 matches, scoring 24 goals from 1999-2006 while helping the club to the 2002 Verano and 2005 Clausura championships as well as the 2006 CONCACAF Champions Cup.

His play for America propelled him to Europe, signing with German side Vfb Stuttgart in 2006. While with Die Roten, Pardo appeared in 71 matches, scoring four times while helping the Reds to the 2006-07 Bundesliga title, the club’s first since 1992. He returned to Club America following the 2009 Bundesliga season, going on to play in another 86 matches for las Aguilas through the 2011 Mexican Clausura.

Pardo, 35, is the second-most capped player in Mexican National Team history, with 148 appearances for el Tricolor. 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 was a part of Mexico’s CONCACAF Gold Cup winning team in 2003.

In conjunction with the Pardo signing, the Fire announced today that they have released midfielder Bratislav Ristic. The Serbian midfielder appeared in 17 games, starting 13, for the Men in Red after joining the club in 2010.

Name: Pável Pardo Segura

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5’9” (1.75m)

Weight: 150 lbs. (68kg)

Date of Birth: July 26, 1976

Place of Birth: Guadalajara, Mexico

Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico

Citizenship: Mexico

Last Club: Club America (MEX)

Acquired: Signed by the Chicago Fire on July 26, 2011