Midfielder Grant Ward is staying put with the Fire-- for now -- while Victor Pineda is Indianapolis-bound.
The Fire announced they’ve secured a six-month loan extension from the English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur for Ward, a 19-year-old midfielder.
Ward made a positive impression in training camp but was sidelined for several weeks recovering from foot surgery.
He finally made his Fire debut on May 21 and played in the three following matches. Under the original loan terms, Ward was to return to Tottenham at the end of June.
“He can now settle down and help us get some wins,” Fire coach Frank Yallop said. “He’s a good young player and it’s very good to have him on board. We’re happy with that one and he’s happy.”
The 21-year-old Pineda, the first homegrown player in Fire history, was loaned to Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League.
The Fire will have an option to recall Pineda through the remainder of the season.
“He’s not as far along as some of the younger guys ... so we wanted to get him some experience down there,” Yallop said.
Pineda has played 40 minutes in four MLS games this season.
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