The Fire's highest rated player of 2016 was...

With only eleven players currently under contract for 2017 it’s possible that the Fire roster will see significant turnover again next season. The league’s trade window will open briefly on December 11 before the Expansion Draft takes place the next day so the Fire’s “protected” list shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out given the names attached to guarantees for next year.

That’s not to say that all of the eleven with 2017 paperwork are sure to be back but the amount of uncertainty is representative of how much work needs to be done in the next two months before training camp opens again.

Before looking ahead to the MLS Draft season, here’s a final look back at 2016 via cumulative player ratings over the course of the year. Somewhat surprisingly, Matt Polster finished the season with the highest average score over 26 appearances. Johan Kappelhof could have taken the top spot if not for a second half of the season spent playing right back.


The final numbers take into account the “player ratings” score for each player over the course of the season in order to calculate an individual overall average rating. Here’s a list from top to bottom along with a contract status update for 2017.

Player           Average    2017 status

Polster              5.62        option renewed

de Leeuw         5.58        under contract

Johnson           5.50       option pending

Kappelhof        5.48       under contract

Campbell         5.48       option renewed

Accam              5.42        under contract

Lampson         5.41        option pending

Cocis                 5.33       option pending

Goossens         5.33        under contract

Ramos             5.31         loan option pending

Alvarez            5.28        option pending

Igboananike   5.22        traded to DC

Vincent            5.19       option renewed

Calistri            5.18        option pending

Morrell            5.13       option pending

Meira               5.11        under contract

Stephens         5.09       option pending

Solignac          5.08       option pending

Thiam             5.00        loan option pending

Fernandez      5.00       under contract

McLain           5.00       option pending

LaBrocca        4.92        option pending

Gilberto          4.89        contract terminated

Harrington    4.84        under contract

Arshakyan     4.67         under contract

Gehrig            4.60        option pending

Catch the latest episode of the Fire Confidential Live podcast right here. After a bit of a gap between episodes we discuss the offseason, the Academy, Gonzalo Segares’ departure, and much more.

Filed under: 2016 Post Season

Tags: Chicago Fire


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    any idea when we can expect to see which options will be picked up?

  • In reply to Carl Miller:

    Polster, Vincent, and Campbell all had options picked up at the end of last week. We won't know about the others for a while.

  • Because you rate players to the nearest 0.5 point every game, the difference between a guy like Polster at 5.6 and a guy like Alvarez at 5.3 isn't very significant. What your list really says is that no Fire player among your top 11 really distinguishes himself from the others.

  • In reply to StaryByk3:


  • In reply to Guillermo Rivera:

    Why want Accam on the list?

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Edit* wasnt

  • In reply to Ahan Jain:

    Never mind :)

  • In reply to StaryByk3:

    Most of the ratings throughout the season are between 4-6, with some occasional 3's and 7's. I see the ratings as basically a 3-7 0.3 is about an 8% difference. If you went with a 4-6 scale, it's a 15% difference. I wouldn't call that insignificant over 34 games.

  • In the words of Guillermo from the podcast who cares what the overall rating was after a season like that. ;)

  • In reply to penapirata:


  • Guys.

    Joke of the day: I love our management!

  • Well, that podcast was the most depressing thing I've listened to in a long time, and I've been following the election very closely.

  • In reply to DDT5583:

    I take that back

  • Guillermo

    I really enjoyed your Podcast. Its a shame that the only news about the team is from Podcasts but I guess thats the way it will be. You and your partner talked about another podcast with Guests. PLEASE don"t invite kelly or Klopas to any future events. As always a great guest would be Evan Whitefield.
    Here are the guys that I would go after if I was NR Marlon Harrison, Patrick Mullins, Oyongo, and Fagundez. If he could get even two of those guys he would greatlyl improve the team. Spend some of that Tam and gam that heard about all year. These guys already are good MLS players. A move like this would lessen the risk of another missed DP signing.

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Mullins would be a great addition to play on top of de Leeuw

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    We've talked about getting Evan back on the show, which I'm sure he'll be happy to do. Thanks for listening!

  • In reply to Brokerman:

    Not that defense is a priority, but just mentioning that Parkhurst will be available and is only 32.

    As far as a GK, I wonder if Evan Bush is steal-able.

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