The Chicago Fire announced on Friday that they've loaned midfielder Alvaro "Flaco" Fernandez to Qatar side Al Rayyan. The Uruguayan World Cup veteran will join the club on a six-month loan.
"Flaco was interested in exploring options abroad in search of national team playing time and this situation allows him to that opportunity," said Fire President of Soccer Operations Javier Leon in a statement. "We wish Flaco the best in Qatar and with Al Rayyan."
Fernandez joined the Fire last season on July 27, 2012 from the Seattle Sounders FC. He was a member of the Uruguayan side that placed fourth in the 2010 World Cup. Fernandez scored two goals and added one assist with his the Fire last season in 13 regular season matches.