4. CUAUHTEMOC BLANCO: Thousands turn out in Chicago

With hardly any notice, a crowd of 5,000 fans turned out at the Chicago Fire's Toyota Park Monday night to get a glimpse of Mexican forward Cuauhtemoc Blanco, who arrived in Chicago to sign with the MLS club.

Blanco will become the third player to join MLS under its "designated player rule" following England's David Beckham, who signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January, and former U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, who will debut for the New York Red Bulls.

Like Beckham at Real Madrid, Blanco's contract with Mexico's Club America expires in June, after which he will join Chicago.

"I am coming to Chicago," Blanco told the Bridgeview crowd. "I am very happy and will give 100 percent for Chicago to be in the final. I look forward to working with this group of players to bring a championship to Chicago, a community that has always supported me, in good times and in bad times. I hope to bring great satisfaction to all of you."
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