Aug 10, 2013, 12:30 PM EST
Major League Soccer just keeps getting stronger.
Three Designated Players have joined in a week, with Clint Dempsey signing for Seattle, Gabriel Torres heading to Colorado and now Arevalo Rios has joined Chicago from Serie A side Palermo.
Rios, 31, played for Uruguay in the recent Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil and is a no-nonsense midfielder. He often patrols midfield like a mad man, hunting down the opposition and then using the ball simply but effectively. Rios will definitely add an extra bite and much needed depth to Chicago’s midfield.
And check this out, the veteran midfielder turned down offers to stay in Europe and Liga MX sides to play in MLS.
“They opened the door for me and I was very committed to coming here,” Ríos said. “I had different options, but I really believe in this organization. … Since I played in the Confederations Cup, I knew I really wanted to come here.”
Rios has 46 caps for Uruguay and although he usually plays in a holding role, Chicago may ask him to press forward. Head coach Frank Klopas has studied him extensively, and Rios’ initial loan move could be made permanent if he impresses.
The combative midfielder will likely start straight away alongside Jeff Larentowicz as the Fire look to keep pushing up the Eastern conference standings and make the playoffs for the second straight season. Rios could be a key piece of the puzzle for Klopas’ men. Only time will tell how he fares but his pedigree in one of Europe’s top leagues, and on the international stage, speaks for itself.
But with Rios the third high-profile signing in recent days, is MLS going through somewhat of a watershed moment? First Dempsey arrived to much fan fare, but players like Panama forward Torres and Rios are making the league extremely strong and stacked with top international talent. The jury is still out on how much of an impact all three will make until they actually kick a ball (except for Deuce) but their acquisitions do show an upturn in the type of player MLS can now attract.
Hopefully this level of player recruitment can continue.
Dec 12, 2013, 11:00 PM EST
Unless a player lifts his shirt over his head, you may never see Intel’s contribution to Barcelona’s uniforms.
Where They Stand: Europa League’s 32 knockout round teams (and their potential effect on UEFA’s coefficients)
Dec 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EST
Italy and Ukraine could see big boosts to their coefficients, with each federation placing four teams in Europa’s knockout rounds.
Dec 12, 2013, 9:04 PM EST
How close is PRP to blood doping? Close enough to get the Premier League’s attention.
Dec 12, 2013, 8:02 PM EST
The two-time Defender of the Year rejoins former Crew boss Sigi Schmid in Seattle.
Dec 12, 2013, 7:09 PM EST
The Dash join the Portland Thorns as MLS-backed teams in women’s league.
Dec 12, 2013, 6:17 PM EST
Recovery timeline could leave Portland winger passed over by Costa Rica.
Dec 12, 2013, 5:31 PM EST
Like other notable quality American outfielders (e.g. Clint Dempsey), Cameron is a late-developer who has really evolved.
Dec 12, 2013, 4:38 PM EST
D.C. United upgraded half their defense on Thursday. But what are they getting for the money?
Dec 12, 2013, 3:38 PM EST
We saw this coming. Portland traded up on Thursday to snare the former Zip.
Early approval: Klinsmann extends contract, will serve as U.S. head coach, technical director through 2018
Dec 12, 2013, 3:01 PM EST
Klinsmann’s signed up for another cycle, the U.S. hoping to extend its evolution beyond Brazil.
Dec 12, 2013, 2:01 PM EST
This marks the first time a Bundesliga club has played in the league’s summer showcase.
Dec 12, 2013, 1:05 PM EST
Two big questions this weekend: 1) Can Spurs stop Luis Suarez? and
2) Does City’s midfield rival that of Arsenal?
Dec 12, 2013, 10:26 AM EST
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, Young says, but “for me, the referees have made decisions and that’s it.”
Dec 12, 2013, 9:15 AM EST
Would Moyes really loan Zaha to a competitor like Everton or Newcastle?
Dec 12, 2013, 8:01 AM EST
When looking back at the biggest UK Twitter “surges” of 2013 there is one topic that dominates the landscape: footy.
Dec 11, 2013, 11:46 PM EST
You can’t been drawn against a team from your own federation – a rule that will hurt Arsenal, Manchester City on Monday.
Dec 11, 2013, 10:24 PM EST
The defenses need to get better in both places. A lot better:
No, the South Florida team will NOT be “Miami Beckham United;” plus the MLS news roundup for Dec. 11
Dec 11, 2013, 9:23 PM EST
A little social media brush fire over the new Miami expansion outfit was promptly, mercifully extinguished:
Dec 11, 2013, 8:33 PM EST
Highlights from all Wednesday’s games, which saw Barça’s newest start break out, Italy’s reigning champions eliminated.
Dec 11, 2013, 7:46 PM EST
Once you narrow the list to 15 or so, it’s nearly impossible to decide from there:
- What could Chad Marshall bring to the Seattle Sounder defense? We’ll find out in 2014 2
- NWSL: Houston becomes second MLS franchise to place team in women’s professional league 1
- MLS Re-Entry Draft: As predicted, Portland find a way to get Steve Zakuani 4
- Early approval: Klinsmann extends contract, will serve as U.S. head coach, technical director through 2018 3
- MLS announces Bayern Munich as opponent for 2014 All-Star Game in Portland 4
- WATCH: Can Tottenham stop Luis Suarez and can City beat Arsenal? 0
- 2014 World Cup Draw: Recapping the event (43)
- 2014 World Cup Draw: USA in Group of Death with Germany, Portugal, Ghana – Schedule, times, venues (34)
- Now that we know the U.S. opponents, which 23 players should Jurgen Klinsmann bring to Brazil? (21)
- Sporting Kansas City crowned 2013 MLS champions after 10 rounds of penalty kicks (16)
- U.S. national team discussion: The Alejandro Bedoya conundrum (14)