Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire has signed DIRECTV W Connection FC’s talisman Joevin Jones to a permanent deal ahead of their 2015 season start.
This follows his recent loan stint at top Finnish Premier Division team HJK Helinski where he made six appearances in their successful 2014 League Championship campaign. The versatile 23 year old left footer joins “The Fire’s” pre-season preparations in January.
Though the terms and conditions of his transfer were not disclosed as per MLS and Chicago Fire’s team policy, this represents a brilliant career move for Jones, who has been part of the Savonetta Boys Senior team starting eleven since 2009 and has been instrumental in much of the club’s on field success since.
Jones commented about his upcoming move that he was excited about joining the Chicago Fire and that he is looking forward to playing in the MLS.
While he remained tight lipped on the deal, Club President and CEO David John-Williams was extremely pleased with the proceedings and expressed optimism on the possibility of another Connection player joining the MLS ahead of the 2015 season.
John-Williams further reiterated that “Our club remains committed to continuously seeking opportunities for its players in top world leagues so that they can gain exposure and better their careers…”.
Prior to his time in Finland, Jones spent time with W Connection FC of the TT Pro League. After two seasons in the club’s youth programs, Jones made his senior debut in 2009, making two appearances helping the club to a runner-up finish for the 2009 FA Trophy.
In 2011, Jones scored two goals in ten appearances, leading W Connection to the club’s fourth Pro League title. The following year, Jones and the Savonetta Boys finished second in the 2012 CFU Club Championship, qualifying for the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, where he made three appearances.
Jones led W Connection to their fifth Pro League title in 2013 and finished second in the league with 14 goals.