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Mexican veteran Pardo signs with Chicago


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Pavel Pardo's long-rumored move to Major League Soccer is complete.

The Chicago Fire signed the Mexican midfielder, adding the veteran who turned 35 years old on Tuesday.

Pardo's decorated career has taken him from the Primera Division in Mexico to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and back to his home country, where he most recently played for Club America. His 148 caps are the second-most in Mexican national team history, and he'll be available for selection for the Fire's next game, a home tilt against the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia Union on Aug. 3.

In order to clear an international roster spot for Pardo, the Fire released defender Bratislav Ristic. Chicago is banking on Pardo still having plenty in his tank after struggling to a 2-6-12 record. Its last win was a 1-0 decision over the Columbus Crew on June 12.

What do you think of the move? Do you see Pardo succeeding in Chicago? Think it's too little too late for the Fire?

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