Tim Ward (soccer)
Ward with the Earthquakes in September 2010
|Full name||Timothy Robert Ward|
|Date of birth||February 28, 1987|
|Place of birth||Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|2002–2004||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2004||St. Louis Billikens|
|2010–2012||San Jose Earthquakes||16||(0)|
|2002–2004||United States U17||35||(3)|
|2004–2007||United States U20||28||(2)|
|2007||United States U23||4||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of December 3, 2012.
Youth and college
Ward, who can play any position on defense and also in defensive midfield, trained with the United States Under-17 team at the Bradenton Academy from 2002 to 2004. Following his graduation, he played a year of college soccer at Saint Louis University, starting 18 games for the Billikens, and being named second-team All-Conference USA.
Ward left after his freshman season to sign a Generation adidas contract with MLS, whereupon he was selected 12th overall in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft by the MetroStars, who acquired the pick by trading Cornell Glen to FC Dallas. Ward acquitted himself well in his rookie season, especially with his runs and crosses from the left back spot. After the year, he was traded to Columbus Crew for Chris Henderson.
After two seasons in Columbus, Ward was traded to Colorado Rapids on February 27, 2008 for Nicolas Hernández. However, he was waived at the end of the 2008 season without playing a first-team game. He was on trial with Chicago Fire for most of early 2009, eventually signing with the team in March. In 2009 Ward started all 19 games he appeared in for Chicago before breaking a toe on his left foot and opting for surgery. Ward returned to Chicago in 2010. On August 6, 2010 Ward was traded to San Jose Earthquakes for a 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick. Ward remained with San Jose through the 2012 season appearing in 16 league matches until his contract expired on December 31, 2012.
Ward has played for various youth United States national teams, and was part of the Under-20 team at the 2005 World Youth Championship. He had to miss the tournament due to an injury. Ward also was a member of the Under-20 team at the 2007 World Youth Championship.
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