TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
Chicago Fire FC have signed academy goalkeeper Chris Brady to a Homegrown contract, the club announced Tuesday.
Brady, 16, joined the club's academy in 2017 featuring at all levels between U-14 and U-17. He's also earned call-ups to the US youth national team, at the U-15 level last year.
“We’re excited about the quality that Chris brings at the goalkeeper position,” Raphael Wicky said in a club statement. “He’s shown at trainings this preseason that he is ready to take the next step with the first team and gain valuable experience as a professional as he continues to develop in a competitive environment.”
A 'keeper on the come up. pic.twitter.com/DIxkaxbeDP— Chicago Fire FC (@ChicagoFire) March 24, 2020
Brady is the club's fifth goalkeeper on the roster and second Homegrown, alongside 15-year-old Gabriel Slonina. Kenneth Kronholm started the club's first two 2020 matches before the league's suspension.
“Everyone within the Academy is proud to see Chris take this next step in his career,” said Fire academy technical director Cedric Cattenoy. “He’s a talented goalkeeper and between the Academy and trainings with the first team staff, Chris will continue to develop as one of the best talents at his position.”