Fire add former DCU man Hicks as VP of Communications / Ward stays for remainder of 2014

The Fire announced a change in front office structure this morning with the addition of long time DC United executive Doug Hicks. His official title as Vice President of Communications will move him into overseeing "all communication efforts of the Club, including PR, broadcasting, digital media, content creation, social, and community outreach in Chicago" according to his newly published bio.

Hicks worked in various roles with DC United over the course of 13 years and his staff was recognized with the MLS Team Public Relations Award in four consecutive years from 2004-2007. He parted ways with DC in late October of last year in what seemed to be an extension of a regime change following a new ownership take over in 2012. Hicks is generally well respected in MLS circles and provides the Fire with a successful MLS/soccer background as VP of Communications.

Ward staying

Another move was announced this morning but this one is on the field.

The Fire have extended the loan for Tottenham midfielder Grant Ward through the end of the season. Spurs renewed Ward's contract in May as it was initially set to expire at the end of June. An impressive training camp and four quality appearances since returning from a broken foot made this one an easy call. Ward was looking to stay in Chicago to earn first team playing time that he would not otherwise see with Tottenham.

There's no word yet on options for extending the loan past 2014.

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