On Thursday, the Chicago Fire announced they have used their "Homegrown Player" designation to sign forward Harrison Shipp.
The Lake Forest native lead Notre Dame to its first ever NCAA College Cup, notching the game-winning assist in the team's victory over Maryland on Dec. 15. Shipp tallied 12 goals and ten assists during his senior season and was named 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and garnered All-ACC First Team honors.
"Harry's a local guy, one of the best college players in the country and we are extremely excited to have him join the Fire," Fire head coach and Director of Coccer Frank Yallop said. "It speaks very highly of our player development system where a player of Harry's caliber can thrive and have a direct route to the the first team. He's trained with the first team over the summer and we expect a smooth transition for him from the college game to the professional ranks."
Shipp is a Fire Juniors-North product and spent time as a member of the team's Academy in 2009 and 2010. From 2010-13 he appeared on the club's PDL and Super-20 sides.
Before signing Shipp, the only two "Homegrown Players" in Fire history were Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley.
Per league and team policy, the terms of the Shipp signing were not disclosed.