Minnesota Stars Defender Jack Stewart Loaned to FC Dallas for Remainder of Season
FC Dallas will soon announce they have picked up Jack Stewart on loan from the NSC Minnesota Stars of the North American Soccer League.
Stewart will go on loan to FC Dallas for the remainder of the season for an undisclosed fee. With the deal, Dallas has an option to purchase his contract from Minnesota for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
According to Djorn Buchholz, CEO of the Stars, FC Dallas contacted Minnesota last week to see if a deal could be arranged. He said the MLS team was looking for some defensive cover as they head into the final stretch of the MLS season. Buchholz said ultimately the decision came down to Stars head coach Manny Lagos who felt it was a good move for both teams as well as a chance for Stewart to get back to MLS, something he had talked to the defender about before the season started.
When Lagos signed Stewart he was coming off two frustrating years where he had struggled through several injuries. Before playing for the Stars, Stewart had made only 6 appearances for the Carolina RailHawks in 2009. The Torrance, California native never saw a minute of action in 2010 as he struggled through rehab.
Stewart, who attended Notre Dame, was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. He was traded to Real Salt Lake midseason in 2006. He played 25 games for RSL between 2006 and 2007. FC Dallas assistant coach John Ellinger became familiar with Stewart when he was head coach at RSL.
Stewart started at central defense for Minnesota this season but sustained a minor injury early on. Before long he was back in the starting rotation. He has logged 1215 minutes this season for the Stars and has 1 assist.
The loan is pending approval from Major League Soccer.