For some weeks Quincy Amarikwa had been in training camp with the Fire in anticipation that the cliub would orchestrate a trade with Toronto FC, which owned his MLS rights.
That trade became official on Wednesday when Fire announced it had sent a first-round selection in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft to Toronto in exchange for Amarikwa.
Amarikwa was technically a free agent but his MLS right were still owned necessitating trade negotiations. He will be available for selection for the Fire's season-opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center Sunday.
"It's a good city, good team, the coaching staff really made me feel like they wanted me here," Amarikwa said. "So I thought those are three good positives to wanting to come in and get involved with the team and I jumped at the opportunity."
Amarikwa joins a stable of strikers fighting for playing time.
The Fire is heavily invested in Chris Rolfe and Sherjill MacDonald who are the favorites to start on Sunday.
Maicon Santos and Alex will be fighting with Amarikwa for minutes off the bench. While Alex is listed on the roster as a midfielder, Frank Klopas has said he intends to use him as an attacking player.
Amarikwa's versatility bodes well for him in the fight for playing time.
The Fire plays a 4-4-2, but its strikers don't play on the same line. One striker plays withdrawn while the other plays up top and makes runs into space--two very different skill-sets.
Amarikwa says he's comfortable in both positions, having the ability to play withdrawn and hold the ball at his feet as well as make runs into space.
"I'm confident in my abilities and what I can bring to the team and I'm eager to prove that and definitely fight for a position--a position of a lot of playing time," Amarikwa said. "I'm not here to sit back and hope for anything. I'm here to work and make it happen for myself."