Fire sign Notre Dame's Harrison Shipp to Homegrown deal

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.


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  • wow, feels great to have a homegrown signing of this magnitude. ives feels he would have been a top 3 pick, with the chance to go #1 in the superdraft. add ritter to that, and that's a great year for the academy, well done folks!

    too bad we missed out on Span, what a great trio of young players that would have been, plus our draft picks. it's alright though, once we sign a huge (not literally), expensive, dominant DP, we'll be all set for the new season...

  • With the pending signings of Bradley and Defoe by Toronto slated between transfer money and contracts to amount to $100 mil,
    what's all this crap about a salary cap, someone must have their brains stuck up their ass. Defoe probably won't be a game changer
    but Bradley probably will. Why doesn't the league display some integrity and admit that some owners get what they want and others are restricted by how much money they can spend. Anyway who gives a fuck about Toronto, if the team fails so what, if the higher ups want the league to succeed it will depend on US. markets not what happens in Canada.
    Is there any other major soccer league in the world split between two countries.? As far as Span goes, the Fire didn't miss out on too much, could have been another might have been.

  • In reply to lonecoyote:

    The next CBA negotiation is going to be interesting.

  • The problem is Toronto is spending Galaxy type money in a market
    that is no more than a quarter to a third of LA. The last thing MLS needs is a spending war. Can't see how Toronto can maintain a profit ( Bradley's salary is nearly double the Fire's salary cap) without outside assistance, plus paying Defoe, probably well over 2+ mil. then the salaries of the other players.
    The CBA negotiations will be interesting, the pay grade for beginning non-starting players is abysmal for professional athletes
    in a major league. Minimum should be $50k at least.
    Good news about signing Shipp.

  • Welcome to the beginnings of MLS 3.0. The next tv deal will be significantly better despite still relatively lousy ratings.

    I'd like to see that minimum salary even a tad higher in the $70k range for veterans and the cap/budget increased to around $5m. The time hasn't come to take the training wheels off altogether but the league is stable enough to take the next step up. Of course, certain teams are going to more but there are still enough restraints to avoid the original NASLs mistakes.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    So an increase in salary cap to more than "Keane like money"? Your crazy. The league better make sure to put a minimum floor in that cap so certain owners don't go cheap like Bill Wirtz did.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Speaking of salaries/cap, Once a Metro just had a piece regarding that:

  • 10 mil for Bradley? Will be very interesting to see what type of impact he has on TFC. I'll be rooting for him to do well, but not too much. I give TFC credit for going for it and making 2 huge investments into their product. I think their market has proven to support the product when given reason to. I hope it works out for them honestly, at least in a financial sense. I'd be beyond excited if Dafoe and Bradley were on their way to supplement what we already have going...might even wear a scarf, if not eat one...

  • Fire U-16's headed to Qatar......

    I hear the weather is great over there in January.

  • Kyle Reynish has officially been signed. He should be the back-up 'keeper behind Johnson.

  • Is this going to be another "wait until July for major additions" kind year again?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    You'd like to hope not but it's pretty quiet right now.

  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    blech. i'll be severely disappointed if that's the case.

  • Im really glad that they went out and got him. He looks like he is going to be a real player in this league. I hope Yallop will give him minutes this season. I think he could do well playing with Big Red or sitting just behind Magee. The Fire seem to be making the right moves this off season. I like what the club has been doing.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    A lot of poisitive moves so far.

  • still pretty quite out there on the men in red front huh?

  • In reply to penapirata:

    Should be a little bit of news with the draft coming up but still not much in terms of "big" news.

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    i think its a positive move

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