News has broke from the windy city of another incoming midfielder. The Fire have announced they have acquired 19-year-old Grant Ward on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. As per league policy the terms of the deal were not released.
"Grant is a young, technically-gifted player," said Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. "I watched him play in England, and throughout our preseason training camp, Grant consistently proved that he has what it takes to do well in MLS. We look forward to him joining our squad once he has recovered from his injury."
Ward has experience with the Fire by making two appearances during the preseason. Ward did mange to score a goal in each of these matches. This is a great pick up for a struggling Fire squad who are in a poor run of form. The one setback is that Ward recently had surgery on a fractured fifth metatarsal. Ward will remain in England to rehab the injury.
"Grant's injury is an unfortunate one but we fully expect him to bounce back," said Fire Technical Director Brian Bliss. "We saw the type of player Grant is while he was with us during preseason, and we're here to support and do what we can to help him get back to full fitness so he can join us later this season."
This is a great pick up from an anemic Fire squad. With Mike Magee returning to the active lineup, the forwards are almost back to full capacity. Midfield has been an inconsistent point for the Fire and Ward, once fit, should add some energy and scoring threats for an otherwise sluggish offense.