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Cyrus moves to Chicago Fire; Connection agree loan deal with MLS team

DIRECTV W Connection defender Daneil Cyrus will join his former club and international teammate, Joevin Jones, at Chicago Fire until the end of the year.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Daneil Cyrus controls the ball during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action against Cuba. (Courtesy: Arianna Grainey)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Daneil Cyrus controls the ball during 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup action against Cuba.
(Courtesy: Arianna Grainey)

Connection announced the loan deal with the United States Major League Soccer (MLS) club today via press release. It will be Cyrus’ second successive season out on loan, after the talented 24-year-old defender spent last year with Hanoi T&T in Vietnam.

Cyrus, who has 43 international caps, and Jones represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in which the “Soca Warriors” made their second consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals. Both Cyrus and Jones missed penalty kicks, though, as the Warriors lost to Panama in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

Cyrus, according to the club release, praised Connection technical director Stuart Charles-Fevrier for teaching him the values of the professional game.

Cyrus had a brief MLS stint in 2011 when he joined Sporting Kansas City on loan. However, he made just two competitive appearances for Kansas in an injury ravaged season.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago's Daniel Cyrus (centre) hurdles Mexico player Adrian Aldrete (left) while his teammate Carlos Pena looks on in the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.     (Copyright AFP 2014/ John Amis)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago’s Daniel Cyrus (centre) hurdles Mexico player Adrian Aldrete (left) while his teammate Carlos Pena looks on in the 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
(Copyright AFP 2014/ John Amis)

Cyrus represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2007 Under-17 and 2009 Under-20 World Youth Cups in the Republic of Korea and Egypt respectively.

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31 comments

  1. WOW! this is great stuff…Congrats Cyrus!!!!

  2. Think he is better prepared ..what shocked me though is that he’s 24..wow !!! He looked like my father lol.

  3. Some of them also need to come to my New York team as well Them really good yes. HahahaHa

  4. yes! Come to Chicago my Warriors!

  5. One big plus is he will get competitive football between now and the start of the World Cup qualifiers. Same for Mekeil Williams who is in Guatemala. So they should be match fit when the qualifiers start.
    Another reason to throw an eye on Jerrel Britto too who is also in Guatemala.

  6. Point taken Lasana but let’s see where the Fire play him…

  7. I know he played as a striker before Brian Springer. I didn’t mention it because I hadn’t seen anything to suggest he could play professionally there.
    I also saw him play midfield once or twice for W Connection and there was nothing really special there.
    So I won’t call him a utility player or compare him to Rougier. Joevin Jones has a better shout as a utility player and Kenwyne Jones too. Cyrus is definitely a versatile defender though with a lot of natural gifts.

  8. Cyrus is a “horse” and this is a compliment……… A bundle of energy.

  9. Actually Lasana he started out playing first as a winger/striker at U-14 level was dropped into Central defence at U-17 WC and then Coach Hart played him at right-back, so he’s actually a very gifted UTILITY player…probably the BEST I’ve seen since Anthony Rougier.

  10. This is a good move! He will continue to improve AND with the increasing no of T&T national players in the MLS pool it means less stress in travelling home for games.

  11. Love his game…… hope he is not too affected by the penalty miss.

  12. At 24, he still have time to make a “big” european team by age 27/28.

  13. This move could only serve him well. Great opportunity for him as he will benefit from some serious training.

  14. Well done Daneil Cyrus all the way to the top bro

  15. Men making out of Pro League to MLS..that’s a good move

  16. Mind you, he is primarily a central defender eh. That’s his preferred position anyway. If he is to continue at right back, he also has to work on his crossing. But he is definitely a fantastic athlete.

  17. I agree…but those flaws will be corrected with experience. He runs up and down those flanks constantly

  18. Tremendous athlete…. I think his improvement has to come in the tactical aspects of the game

  19. Yep. I think he is more gifted than any defender on the 2006 World Cup team. He just needs to improve positionally and learn his role better.

  20. Glad for him. He is a very talented player.

  21. Hope no injuries follows him this time. Hope he goes on to bigger and better clubs. Solid defender.

  22. Hopefully he sticks this time

  23. Our players don’t need to jump straight to these European lower leagues to be successful, MLS Guatemala, north and South America leagues that will improve the speed of our players and technical ability and giving them a total footballing atmosphere I do hope others follow, make thosee leagues be our spring board to Europe better and bigger leagues . Jus saying

  24. When he was young he was somewhat clumsy, but has grown into a really talented and better co ordinated central defender. Playing at right back will make him a more versatile player and open additional options for him. Very hard working player who deserves an injury free season. Wish you all the best.

    • Lasana Liburd

      Some players do lack coordination during their growth spurts. Maybe that was the reason. He has good feet for a defender at present for sure.