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