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Chicago Fire signing Gulley as Homegrown Player

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The Chicago Fire will be adding another player to its roster, but it won't be a player coming via the international route.

The Fire have agreed to terms with U.S. Under-17 striker Kellen Gulley to make him the latest Homegrown Player signed by the Fire, sources told SBI this week. Chicago is expected to make the announcement next week.

Gulley was one of the stars of the U.S. Under-17 national team before a knee injury sidelined him and forced him to miss the Under-17 World Cup.

Widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the nation, Gulley has been a star for the Chicago Fire Youth teams as well as being a part of the U.S. Under-17 National Team Residency Program.

A native of Clinton, Mississippi, Gulley is a speedy striker who is considered good enough to be fast-tracked into earning playing time in MLS by next year.

What do you think of this development? Familiar with Gulley? Can you see him breaking through like Juan Agudelo did with New York?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. The man has only one look, for Christ’s sake! Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They’re the same face! Doesn’t anybody notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!

  2. This idea that MLS clubs are putting money or time into regional clubs if false, these regional clubs actually pay 16-20 dollars per kid to the MLS club and of course they all buy there uniforms which is money that goes to MLS club and is great for PR for the MLS Club. The regional clubs hardly ever see anyone from the MLS club and the pay to be a part of the the club.


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