Fire add Patrick Doody as Homegrown Player

Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss continue to shape the 2015 roster with the addition of Indiana University defender Patrick Doody as the fourth Homegrown Player on the current roster. Doody joins Harry Shipp, Chris Ritter, and Collin Fernandez as HG players under contract going into 2015.

Doody, a 6′-0″ defender has made several appearances with the Fire Reserves over the last few seasons while playing collegiate soccer at Indiana University where he was a member of the school’s 2012 NCAA Championship team. He was primarily a left back at IU but has also played in midfield. Doody has played in the Fire’s Academy system since the age of 15 and graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville.

Doody is the sixth Homegrown signing in club history. Out of contract midfielder Victor Pineda and Kellen Gulley were the others no longer on the roster.

The addition leaves the Fire with six defenders on the squad and Yallop still searching for another centerback. There are currently 20 players under contract and Alex is expected to re-sign. MLS roster sizes may be cut to less than the 30 man limit of previous seasons under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement but there is still plenty of work to be done.

Defenders: Cochrane, Doody, Gehrig, Jones, Larentowicz, Palmer

Midfielders: Cocis, Fernandez, Nyarko, Ritter, Shipp, Stephens, Watson

Forwards: Accam, Amarikwa, Igboananike, Magee

Goalkeepers: Johnson, Kann, Reynish



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  • With this signing, I'm seeing a much clearer picture of how Yallop manages a roster and works younger players into a system (a nice contrast to the Klopas years.)

    I'm hoping the team (and consequently Yallop) is successful over the next few years to let this process take root and blossom.

  • In reply to BrianC.:

    Now they need a solid DP mentor in the mold of a Nowak to show the kids the ropes and elevate their games.

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    Just because they're home grown doesn't mean they are any good,
    these signings probably won't mean much to the average fan

  • Isn't there a financial benefit to having young, homegrown players on the roster rather than older, more expensive players taking up space on the bench? It seems to me that until the salary cap is raised, the only way to succeed in MLS is to have as many low salaried players as you can so that you can sign higher salaried starting 11 players. LA wins because they have a slew of young players on the low end of the salary scale and are able to sign better first 11 players because they have more money available. I like that the Fire are bringing in younger players on the rise as they could play here for several years and then move on for greener pastures in Europe when the Fire will then have to use those funds to again acquire young up an comers. There is nothing wrong with this pattern if the youth system provides home grown players who can contribute.

  • Happy holidays to one and all, thanks for making this a great year for Fire Confidential and Fire Confidential Live. Looking forward to cranking things back up when preseason starts next month. See you all in 2015!!

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    Thanks to you and Guillermo for keeping us informed and looking forward to good things from you and and the Fire in 2015!

  • In reply to Jeff Krause:

    "...when preseason starts NEXT MONTH."

    Those words are the best christmas present one could share.

  • 3rd that. Thanks G.

  • Guillermo, just got info from Cali friend that Futbol Picante mentioning Oswaldo Sanchez as potential Fire player...any truth? Please, say it ain't so. That's the wrong Mexican player to try and pull in the Mex. crowd. Trust me. More divisive than one to pull for....ughhhh. No season tix for sure now.

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  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Good! Thanks. Phew!

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