Amarikwa for Harden is a Perfect Trade for Quakes

June 26, 2015

If you haven’t heard by now, the Quakes traded Ty Harden for Quincy Amarikwa.  This is a huge win for the Quakes.

Ty is in the twilight of his career at 31, and may only have a few good seasons left, whereas Amarikwa is entering into his playing prime at 27.  There is a lot of potential upside.

Although lacking consistency, Amarikwa had eight goals and five assists last year, and would be a great complement for Wondo at forward. Let’s hope we can rekindle some of that consistency this year.

The Quakes are already stacked at CB with Goodson, Bernardez, Renato, and potentially Koval, so adding more offense in place of a reserve CB is a needed piece of the playoff puzzle for the Quakes.

The Quakes are lacking at forward.  Innocent and Lenny are done, (edit: Wondo may be our for Gold Cup), and Jahn has not been producing despite a great preseason (season totals: 14 games played, 16 total shots, 5 total shots on goal, 1 goal, a -29 performance index, and wins less than 50% of his aerial duels).  A proven forward who has demonstrated success is better than one has consistently struggled.  Having an option to replace Jahn is always a good thing.

The only downside I see with this trade is that Tommy Thompson’s day will have to wait as Sherrod, Fucito, Jahn, and Amarikwa will compete for the starting XI against him.

Personally, I love this trade, but I am sad to see Ty go.  I know he’ll have more opportunities with the Fire than with the Quakes, and he deserves to have his chance to shine as a player.

Good luck, Ty!  And welcome Quincy!

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