Sebastian Grazzini Leaves Fire With 'Personal Problems'

BRIDGEVIEW, IL - OCTOBER 12: Sebastian Grazzini #10 of the Chicago Fire celebrates a second half goal against FC Dallas during an MLS match at Toyota Park on October 12, 2011 in Bridgeview, Illinois. FC Dallas defeated the Fire 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Fire will have one less midfielder with the team as Sebastian Grazzini heads home to Argentina.

Jack McCarthy of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Chicago Fire midfielder Sebastian Grazzini is returning to his home in Argentina to deal with unspecified, off-pitch issues:

"I have personal problems so I'm returning back to my country," he said on Friday following training at Toyota Park. "I don't know what's going to happen when I'm over there. My priority is always my family."

Grazzini did not mince words, however, when it came to the Fire's involvement in the departure. The decision, he said, was not soccer-related:

"I want to put it on record that I have no problem with the club, but I have to leave," he said.

Playing in just his second season with the Fire, Grazzini had started 14 games in 2012 with 2 goals on 30 shots. The Fire will leave Grazzini on the roster for the meantime, according to the Tribune, but will explore other international options.

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