17. Harry Shipp
Pos: M | Chicago Fire | Age: 22
Last Year in 24U24: N/A
2014 Stats: Matches played: 27 | Goals: 6 | Assists: 6
Castrol Index (as of 9/24/14): #144
Shipp leads all rookies in assists and chances created (by miles). He's added six goals on top of that -- including a hat trick against New York that earned him Player of the Week honors -- and already serves one of the best dead balls in the league. What sets him apart on the field, though, is his vision: It's like he was born to hit defense-splitting through balls. What sets him apart off the field is his quotability, like when he tweeted "Sorry to ruin your evening Red Bulls fans :/ I'll try to be more courteous next time" after that game-winning hat trick in the Big Apple
What the technical staffers say: "He's had a fantastic year. He had a quote the other day where he said he hopes this is the worst year he has in MLS. I love that mentality. If he can back that up, he'll have one hell of a career. ... He's exceeded expectations. But I need to see if he can continue it into next year. And the year after that."
What Opta Sports says: Leads all players under 24 with 2.51 chances created per 90 minutes.
- WATCH: Shipp tricks his way into the box and scores into the lower corner
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