After inking Brazilian forward Gilberto to a Designated Player contract last Monday, Fire head coach Frank Yallop stayed true to his word and added another component to bolster his back line.
The Fire acquired Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus on loan from TT Pro League side W Connection, who will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1 visa, the club announced Thursday afternoon.
“Daneil is a player we’ve been monitoring for a while,” Yallop said in a club statement. “He trained with us earlier in the year and had a number of impressive performances in the recent Gold Cup, so we’re pleased to add him to our side to shore up our defensive line as we head into the second half of the season.”
Cyrus, 24, began his professional career with FC Santa Rosa, whom he joined in March 2010 before being subsequently loaned to Caledonia AIA for two seasons.
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The Trinidadian has some MLS experience, joining Sporting Kansas City on loan in the summer of 2011 and making his league debut against Toronto FC on July 23, 2011 as a substitute in a 28-minute cameo. He made one more appearance, starting against the New England Revolution a week later and notching 80 minutes before suffering a broken fifth metatarsal in his left foot in a Reserve League match on Aug. 8, 2011.
After being waived by the club in February 2012, Cyrus signed with W Connection, linking with current Fire defender/midfielder Joevin Jones with the Savonetta Boys. Cyrus was snapped up by Vietnam V-League outfit Hanoi TT on loan on a one-and-a-half year contract on May 15, 2014, where he bagged one goal in 26 matches across all competitions in the process.
Cyrus, who made his senior debut for Trinidad and Tobago against Chile in May 2010 after plying his trade in the youth setup, has since earned 42 caps. He participated in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 Caribbean Cups, and 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, helping the Soca Warriors to their second consecutive quarterfinal appearance while notching three starts for Stephen Hart's group this summer.
The move makes Cyrus one of nine defenders on the roster. Predominantly deployed as a center back throughout his career, he would likely vie for a place in Yallop's team alongside the likes of Adaílton, Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Gehrig and Ty Harden.