Chicago is losing a solid soccer beat writer as the Tribune's Luis Arroyave is making the switch from covering soccer to covering the celebrity/nightlife scene. Luis always did a fine job of giving equal time to both the European game and the hometown team, the Chicago Fire, adding a good dose of humor to his Red Card blog.
As with most newspapers, layoffs are currently outpacing new hires at the Tribune, so no word yet on a designated repelacement. As America's third-largest media market, Chicago needs a skilled soccer writer at its flasghip newspaper. Let's hope they can find an equally talented replacement for Luis.