Chicago Fire sign ex-Mexican international Guillermo Franco

The veteran forward represented Mexico at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.
The Chicago Fire Soccer announced that the club has signed former Mexico international forward Guillermo Franco on a free transfer.

Franco, 35, will be added to the Fire’s roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P1 Visa. Per club and MLS policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re happy to add a talented player like Guillermo to our team,” said Fire head coach Frank Klopas. “He has a wealth of international playing experience and will be a great asset as we look to strengthen our squad for a potential MLS Cup Playoff run.”

Franco joins the Fire from Liga MX side Pachuca, where he made 12 appearances in 2012. He began his career with Argentine Primera División side San Lorenzo, before moving to Mexican side Monterrey, then to Europe with Spanish club Villarreal and then to the Premier League with West Ham United. Following his stint in England, Franco returned to Argentina to play with Vélez Sársfield.

Born in Argentina, Franco became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 2004 and made his national team debut in 2005. Franco scored eight times in 25 appearances for El Tri, and represented Mexico in both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

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