It's not exactly a Michael Bradley-esque announcement but it's a positive move. The Fire have agreed to terms with Notre Dame's Harrison Shipp as the club's third Homegrown Player signing. Shipp would likely have been a top five selection in the annual MLS Superdraft if he hadn't been claimed by Chicago as a Homegrown prospect. A MAC Hermann trophy finalist for the honor of being recognized as the nation's top intercollegiate player over the past year, Shipp was also named as the MVP of the recent College Cup tournament which Notre Dame won.
The MAC Hermann trophy winner will be announced tomorrow. Other finalists are Maryland forward Patrick Mullins and UCLA midfielder Leo Stolz.
Top Drawer Soccer has him listed as the top college player in their latest rankings. He's a crafty attacker whose game has been compared to that of Mike Magee and it seems he'll be given a shot to see first team minutes this coming season. He's probably more of an underneath forward but he also may be able to fill a spot as an attacking midfielder. He spent most of 2012 playing behind eventual MLS Rookie of the Year winner Dillon Powers and contemplated a move overseas before deciding to sign with his hometown club. Either way the Fire have added arguably the top college player in the nation while still holding the #8 spot in next week's draft.
They should also be adding another good prospect in Northwestern midfielder Chris Ritter some time in the near future.