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Argentine playmaker joins Fire
by Ridge Mahoney, July 14th, 2011 1:54AM

TAGS:  argentina, chicago fire, mls


[MLS] Given the limited resources available to most MLS teams, playmakers signed by the league’s clubs are rarely those that generate big headlines and major media frenzy. So it is for Chicago, which on Wednesday announced the signing of Argentine Sebastian Grazzini, who has played in Spain, Italy, Venezuela and Belgium as well as his native country.

The paperwork may be completed in time for him to be available Saturday when the Fire plays Portland at Toyota Park, assuming he arrives in Chicago on Thursday as the club expects.

The club is awaiting the arrival of his international transfer certificate, which is needed to register his contract when the secondary transfer window opens on Friday.

Terms of the deal to sign Grazzini, 30, were not disclosed and the team statement made no mention of a Designated Player. Said technical director and interim head coach Frank Klopas, “Sebastian is a talented player, with good vision, the ability to create in the middle of the park and a strong left foot. Sebastian’s addition provides us with additional talent and helps us as we push for a playoff spot in the second half of the season.”

Grazzini comes to MLS from Club Atletico All Boys in Buenos Aires, for which he played 22 Primera Division matches and scored five goals during the 2010-11 Clausura and Apertura tournaments during which it finished in eighth and 12th place, respectively. He returned to Argentina in 2008 from a second stint in Europe and played for Newell’s Old Boys and Racing Club prior to joining CA All Boys.

The native of Rosario came through the Central Cordoba system and started his overseas career with the reserve team of Spanish club Sevilla in 2003, then played in Belgium for Virton before going back to Argentina to play for Central Cordoba and Union de Sunchales.

His next stop was Venezuelan club Deportivo Italchaco; he then went to Italy and scored 22 goals in 45 appearances for Serie D club Sestrese, a Genoa club that plays in a regional league.

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