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.