If there's to be a theme to this offseason interregnum for the Chicago Fire, Frank Yallop apparently wants it to be "hit the ground running," as the club announced its second acquisition in 24 hours today: 23-year-old Trinidadian left wingback Joevin Jones.
Jones is coming off of a very brief loan to Finnish Veikkausliiga club HJK Helsinki, but his entire career before that three-month sojourn was with T&T club W Connection. Playing as an attacking winger/wingback for W Connection, Jones scored an astonishing 28 goals in 55 league appearances. He has won 37 caps for Trinidad & Tobago.
Jones was briefly captain of W Connection, only losing the armband after being suspended for playing for an all-star team in a fund-raiser friendly for football in his hometown of Carenage, Trinidad. He's been on the periphery of MLS for years, failing to win contracts after a pair of trials with Toronto FC and one with Colorado Rapids.
As always, per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not released. Transparency: It's an MLS priority!
Hot (Time) take
Taken together with Kennedy Igboananike, the pair represent a consistent sort of gamble: Having torn it up in leagues considered to be of a lesser quality, can they step up to MLS play? Like Iggy, Jones is young and has a track record of success; however, only getting six appearances in the Veikausliiga does make one knit one's brow a bit.
While Yallop suggested Jones was signed to play left back, his offensive numbers (and the above highlight video) with W Connection seem to indicate that he's played farther up the pitch. Is he direct competition for Greg Cochrane, or an attempt to find a left-sided partner who can cover for Cochrane's forward surges?
This signing cannot mean anything lovely for the future of Gonzalo Segares in a Chicago Fire uniform. But time works its will upon every man; if this is to be farewell, Sega, then fare very well indeed.