BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- Chicago Fire defender Tim Ward was a model of progression during the team's 2009 MLS season. Most matches he showcased continual improvement in his game. Then, his season hit a brick wall when he broke his toe during the 2009 SuperLiga final against Tigres UANL.
Ward missed the latter third of the MLS regular season and Chicago's usual run to the Eastern Conference Finals.
"It was really tough," Ward said. "It just made me want to play more, having to watch so many games at the end of last season, especially the big ones and the playoffs."
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