Quincytime expires - Amarikwa traded to SJ for Harden

A little over a week after scoring his only goal of the season in the Fire's 1-0 US Open Cup victory over Louisville City FC, Quincy Amarikwa has been moved to the San Jose Earthquakes. In exchange, the Fire have acquired veteran MLS defender Ty Harden.

The Fire needed help defensively and Harden may provide another option. He is versatile enough to play centerback and rightback. The 6'-1" defender started 13 games for San Jose last season but has only made 2 appearances this year.

Amarikwa has struggled this season, failing to score during league play and appeared to be falling behind in the pecking order for playing time at forward. The move is close to an even match budget-wise. According to the last MLSPU salary update, Amarikwa earned $60,000.00 guaranteed in 2014 while Harden made $71,665.00.

Harden is not eligible for selection is USOC play since he is cup-tied to San Jose. He is available for the Fire in league play on July 8 when the secondary transfer window opens.


Filed under: 2015 Regular Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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  • Where do you guys think Harden will fit in? I talked to some Quakes fans and they said he is a centerback, but I guess he can play rightback as well. Is he just for depth, or will he be taking someones spot in the starting XI?

    And for the fun fact of the day: Harden has 1 goal this season in MLS, while Quincy has 0. Harden's goal came against the Fire in San Jose.

  • In reply to cf97TID:

    Depth at CB. Can't see Harden starting ahead of Larentowisz or Adailton.

    I see Harden on a similar level as Gehrig, so I guess if Gehrig is starting a bit Harden has a chance to start too, but on most teams he's a second string squad guy. Which is fine.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Agree......Harden is not a starter. He's depth at CB and RB if needed.

    I think this was more about moving Amarikwa out and getting something for him.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    Any move that gets Quincy off the roster is a plus for the Fire. Honestly, they could have traded him for a bag full of deflated practice balls and it would have been a plus.

  • So could this trade have been a knee jerk reaction because he tweeted during the game Wednesday?

  • In reply to penapirata:


  • Do Prado next? Pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    The Fire won't trade Do Prado, he'll just wander aimlessly out of town one day. Which is fine.

  • In reply to TomazPP:


  • In reply to TomazPP:

    I think Guly is doing a good job playing as a 10
    Also he almost scored but quincy snatched it

    Guy got Southampton up two seasons in a row

  • In reply to destrasports:

    If a good job is defined by not scoring, not providing assists, and wandering aimlessly from the "10" spot through midfield and in front of the defenders then I agree with you. ;)

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Guly and a few others in the squad just need a run in the correct position and it will turn around
    Just seems to get a hard time and no respect he is not a DP
    Only my opinion

  • In reply to destrasports:

    If he were a DP he'd be getting hammered exponentially. He's lucky he's not a DP. Play well, the respect will come.

  • In reply to TomazPP:

    You just made my morning Tomaz. You win the internet for today.

  • Weekend picks:

    FC Dallas over Houston
    Toronto FC over DC United
    Philadelphia and Montreal draw
    New England and Vancouver draw
    Sporting KC over Colorado
    Real Salt Lake and Columbus draw
    Los Angeles over San Jose
    New York City and New York RB draw
    Portland over Seattle


  • Added note to the trade......Amarikwa's budget number in 2015 is higher than it was in 2014. The Fire will gain a little cap space as a result of the trade.

  • As an ex pro footballer i have to say somtimes people are quick to criticise players
    Not knowing enough about the player they are having a go at

    Take into account the following
    1 Environment
    2 Team mates
    3 Position being asked to play in
    4 Time given on pitch and run of games

    Its not always easy guys i think things will turn a corner lots of new players into a squad need time

    Really like this site by the way

  • In reply to destrasports:

    Good players tend to make the players around them better. Accam, Jones, Shipp, and Polster do that. Maloney can do that every once in a while. We are already at the point in our season where we cant afford for these players to just play out of this funk. They need to win now and every game they play. If they dont perform, they need to be replaced by someone who can.

  • In reply to destrasports:

    Thanks destra, all of that is true and plays a part into how successful players are coming into new situations.
    That said, at this level players need to perform. Particularly the ones that are not only DPs but the individuals occupying valuable international spots.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Good shout
    Few wins in a row and back up there
    There are a few players i know of that would do a great job in the League but unfortunately its all about the money
    Had an average Defender from uk a few days ago asking $500k minimum ?????????
    Madness must be difficult to get the right players in

  • In reply to destrasports:

    Yep....the cap/budget makes it difficult to fill the entire roster with quality and depth. I think it's the main reason that MLS teams struggle in CCL.

  • http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/06/27/chicago-fire-coach-comparison-part-1-numbers-dont-lie/

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    thanks for the link Rubberbandman189, NUMBERS DON'T LIE!
    Yapyap sucks and needs to be shown the door!

  • Guys I just don't get it. The timbers Seattle game last night was absolutely wonderful. Fast aggressive scoring brilliant moves by the coaches everything that the fire are not. How can old Hauptmann screw this team up year after year. Hopefully next year with a new coach and new owner we will rank among the good teams in the league.

  • It has been obvious from the beginning that Yallop's teams do not play with a common purpose i.e. they don't have a strategy. Yallop won in SJ because he had talent up top with a knack for scoring late game heroics. Not because there was a style or a method to how the team controlled the flow of the game.

    The current Fire have talent, it just is not being utilized. That is 100% the fault of the coach. There are some talent gaps, every team in MLS has them, but there are no reasons why the remaining talent cannot compensate.

    Hauptmann bought a team with a solid winning tradition and he has gutted it. The marketing/front office is a ridiculous failure re getting the Fire in the news. It took him 7 years to get a TV contract that makes sense (no offense to non-cable viewers, but the Fire needed to be on a known sports station). The league has not been a friend to the Fire since Hauptmann took over re scheduling (how many new stadiums have the Fire opened? The Jermaine Jones fiasco). The Fire need to start over: top to bottom because it isn't getting done with the programs they have in place today. The league should take over and force Hauptmann and his non-soccer administrators out the door. Bring in a local ownership group with strong soccer connections (the Ricketts would be ideal). The league should just recognize that Hauptmann is a minor league owner without any sense of purpose.

  • In reply to Krasov:

    The main issue with this team is the common denominator, period.

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