By DAN KARELL
A member of the Uruguayan National Team is reportedly heading to Major League Soccer.
Reports in Italy and Uruguay state that Egidio Arevalo, a 30-year-old central midfielder, is set to sign with the Chicago Fire. Arevalo spent this past season with Palermo in Italy, but due to the team’s relegation to Serie B and some reported disagreements with the coach, the Uruguayan has decided to head back across the Atlantic.
While he’s never played in MLS before, Arevalo did suit up for Club Tijuana for the 2011 Apertura and 2012 Clausura seasons, making 33 appearances and scoring three goals. The Paysandú native is also a regular on his national team, and he played in three of Uruguay’s five matches at this summer’s Confederations Cup.
Arevalo, who captained Uruguay’s squad at the 2012 London Olympics, has previously also played for Botafogo in Brazil, Peñarol in Uruguay, as well as Monterrey and San Luis in Mexico.
If the Fire do seal the deal to bring in Arevalo, he’d be the second South American brought into the club this month, after the MLS side signed Juan Luis Anangonó. Arevalo would also become the second Uruguayan on the Fire’s payroll, though his countryman Alvaro Fernandez is currently on-loan with Nacional in Uruguay.
What do you think of this news? Do you see Arevalo succeeding in MLS? Do you see the Fire making the playoffs with Magee, Anongono, and Arevalo?
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