Gulley Announced As Second Home Grown Player

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.

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  • Gulley won't be added to the senior roster until the 2012 season starts but will train with the team.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    I didn't know teams were allowed to sign players without adding them to the roster.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Gotta love MLS ambiguous roster rules.

  • In reply to iron81:

    Per Jeff Crandall.....

    Gulley not eligible to play for first team in 2011 because he will fulfill his homegrown residency thru year's end in Chicago.

  • Seems Freddy Adu may be going to Philly

  • In reply to Adam25:

    I think that's a good move for Adu.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Nowak and Adu part deux...

  • In reply to Adam25:

    Why doesn't he have to go through allocation like other national team players? Is it because he would be a DP signing?

  • In reply to Mateu:

    He actually is going through the allocation process. The Union were second in line and apparently Chivas USA decided to pass on signing him.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    That makes sense then. I'd forgotten that Philly was bad enough last year to have that high of a pick. Still, I'm surprised that the allocation process hasn't really been mentioned at all in any of the coverage of the possible deal. It was a hot topic when Feilhaber came to MLS.

  • A bit more on Gulley......

    http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/08/11/fire-preach-patience-new-home-grown-signing-gulley

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Isn't this yesterdays news, thought the Fire had announced this
    about a week ago. As far as the good news, Kellen is rated as one of the top U-17 US players. Must be a slow news day.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    Ives reported a while ago that this would happen, but no one announced it officially until today.

  • Daily Herald's Orrin Schwarz unloads.....

    http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110810/sports/708109881

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Man, that is depressing.

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    In reply to Doug:

    The debate between: Is any coverage better than no coverage rages on.

  • I agree with Orins article however I think a few minor changes should be made now before new coach comes on. The assistant coach Leo should go, having watched some practices and reserve games it is apparent that Klopas gives Leo free run at the players. The when in doubt be aggressive style does not always translate to smart play on the pitch as we have seen. Heard Coach from Houston say to Leo during a reserve match" I cannot believe you just supported that reckless challenge", which led to a yellow as Fire player ran someone off the field. Also feel from game interactions. I sit next to the bench that Klopas is listening to much to Leo during games. Klopas would do himself a favor by making this change now.

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