The Fire have officially announced the signing of 17 year old striker Kellen Gulley as the team's second Home Grown Player. The Clinton, Mississippi native is the first player from the Fire's three Juniors programs based outside of the Chicago area to be signed to the big club. Gulley will join arrive in Chicago on Sunday and beginning training with the team on Monday.
“Kellen is a very talented player and we are thrilled to add him to our first team,” said Technical Director and interim head coach Frank Klopas. “Kellen is a tremendous individual and has proved to be a scoring force with the Chicago Fire Juniors and U17 U.S. Men’s National Team and will continue to grow as a player while with the Fire. Developing young professionals is the goal of our Juniors program and Kellen serves as a defining figure in our player development system.”
Some observers believe Gulley is talented enough to see playing time in MLS next season and could be a contributor sooner rather than later. He did suffer a knee injury that kept him out of the U-17 World Cup earlier this summer but appears to be on the road to full recovery.