CHICAGO – Chicago Fire FC announced Monday morning that team president Nelson Rodríguez has stepped down from his position.

Rodriguez joined the Fire as general manager in September 2015.

He said he began discussing his future with owner and chairman Joe Mansueto in December.

“At this transformational time for the organization, and after five years with the Fire, I’m ready for a change and I’m looking forward to taking on new challenges,” Rodríguez said in a statement. “I always tried to do what was best for the club and I am grateful to Joe for his enormous support and to Andrew Hauptman for the opportunity originally given to me. The club is moving in an exciting direction and I wish the team, the staff and fans the very best of luck.”

In January 2018, Rodriguez took on an expanded role as president and GM. Last year Rodríguez began focusing solely on all business areas of the Club, namely the Fire’s transition back to the city of Chicago and Soldier Field.

“For five years, Nelson has dedicated himself and given his everything to the club,” Mansueto said in a statement. “He has helped me tremendously over the course of our first year working together and I am grateful for that. We thank him for his loyal service to the Fire and we wish him all the best moving forward.”