Ending their 2015 season with a win over the Houston Dynamo, the Chicago Fire’s ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference wasn’t exactly where they hoped to conclude the year.
However, it’s clear, after Frank Yallop’s team missed out on World Cup standout Jermaine Jones in a blind draw, that the Fire are looking to better their roster with talent overseas, as Chicago has brought ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jaime O’Hara on trial for the past couple of weeks.
Impressed with the technical abilities of the midfielder, Yallop and the Fire would be glad to have the footballer on their side.
“Jamie’s done well,” Yallop said to MLSsoccer.com. “We brought him in to see what he’s all about, and heard good things about his football. I know him from his Tottenham days, and Wolves and all the teams he’s played for.
“I think he’d be the first to admit that he’s kind of lost his way his way a little bit in England. He’s a Premiership-type player that has qualities that would add to our team. Again, it’s a jigsaw puzzle.”
The Fire’s manager wouldn’t reveal how close they are to the acquiring him, though.
“I’d love to say that, yeah, we got him and we’re going to sign him,” Yallop said. “But at this point we will sit down with Jamie and his agent and see where it takes us. I think he’s done well enough to be on our team, for sure.”
O’Hara, 28, spent five years at Arsenal’s academy before moving to Tottenham’s youth program in 2003. As a Spur, the Englishman was sent out on a series of loans, performing for Chesterfield, Millwall, Portsmouth, and then he finally settled down with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2011. He made 41 appearances and scored two goals for Wolves preceding the expiration of his contract this summer.