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Lake Forest Soccer Player Signs with Chicago Fire

Harrison Shipp will play forward for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, which has named him a "Hometown Player."

Screen shot from the Chicago Fire website
Screen shot from the Chicago Fire website

Lake Forest native Harrison Shipp has joined the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the organization announced Thursday. Shipp will play forward for the team. 

“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,” said Chicago Fire Head Coach and Director of Soccer Frank Yallop. “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 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, 22, joins the Men in Red after captaining Notre Dame to its first-ever NCAA College Cup, tallying the game-winning assist in a 2-1 win over the University of Maryland at PPL Park on Dec. 15.

Shipp native finished his senior season with 12 goals and 10 assists in 24 matches, earning 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and All-ACC First Team honors.

In his four-year collegiate career, Shipp scored 23 goals and tallied 24 assists in 83 matches. A finance major and five-time Dean’s List honoree, Shipp was named the 2013 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for Division I Men’s Soccer.  

Shipp is also one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy that will be announced Jan. 10.

A Chicago Fire Juniors North youth product and a member of the Fire Academy in 2009 and 2010, Shipp also spent the summers of 2010-2013 with the club’s PDL and Super-20 sides. 

“We’re very happy to see Harry rise through the Academy program and now join the first team,” said Chicago Fire Academy Director Larry Sunderland. “Harry is very good on the ball and will bring another look and dimension to the first team for years to come.”

Shipp joins Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley as the third Homegrown Player in Fire history.

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