Tuesday, August 16, 2011
FC Dallas lands Jack Stewart on loan from Minnesota Stars
FC Dallas has acquired defender Jack Stewart on loan from NASL (U.S. Soccer Federation Division II) side NSC Minnesota Stars. Defensive depth was a top goal of the current transfer window and FCD has moved to shore up their back line. FCD has pursued Costa Rican defender Derrick Johnson but the transfer had become overly complicated and FCD has looked to the USL defender Stewart instead.
“FC Dallas is very happy to get Jack Stewart,” FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman said. “Jack brings something we felt we really needed in another defender. He does have MLS experience as well as some good size. It will take him a short time to adjust to our defensive structure and communication, but I believe he will be a great addition to the team.”
The 10th overall selection in the 2005 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Stewart appeared in a total of 39 matches for the Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake between 2005 and 2007. The 6’2” center back plied his trade in Norway in 2008, playing with both Moss FK and Nybergsund IL. Stewart returned to the U.S. in 2009, playing in six matches with then-USL First Division (U.S. Soccer Federation Division II) Carolina RailHawks before suffering a leg injury.
Stewart spent nearly two years recovering from his injury before signing for the NSC Minnesota Stars during the 2011 preseason. The California native quickly assumed a starting role in central defense for the Stars, who are 7-7-6 on the season despite having the second-best defense in the league. Minnesota has allowed just 20 goals in the first 20 matches of the season.
Stewart twice earned All-Big East honors at the University of Notre Dame during his collegiate career.
Name: Jack Stewart
Place of Birth: Torrance, Calif.
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
Last Club: NSC Minnesota Stars
Acquired: Monday, Aug. 15, 2011