Chicago Fire ink Northwestern midfielder Chris Ritter to Homegrown deal

The Chicago Fire have signed another Homegrown Player.

The club announced Monday morning that it has signed 23-year-old Northwestern University midfielder Chris Ritter, just days after Harrison Shipp was signed as a Homegrown.

“Embodying what Chicago loves about its athletes, Chris is a tough, hard-working and skillful player,” Chicago Fire head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said in a statement. “Kudos to our player development system for producing players like Chris that can smoothly transition to the first team.”

During his time at Northwestern, Ritter scored 14 goals and assisted on 13 others in 84 regular-season matches. The Winnetka, Ill., native becomes the fourth Homegrown player in the Fire's history, joining Shipp, Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley.