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Homegrown Players

Exceptional Fire Academy players are designated as Fire homegrown players and are eligible to be signed directly to the first team. Since the Academy was formed in August 2007, 16 graduates have been signed to Fire first team contracts. Bollingbrook native Victor Pineda became the first Academy product to sign a homegrown contract in 2010, followed by Kellen Gulley, Harrison Shipp, Chris Ritter, Collin Fernandez, Patrick Doody, Joey Calistri, Drew Connor, Grant Lillard and current first team players Djordje Mihailovic, Jeremiah Gutjahr, Andre Reynolds II, Gabriel Slonina, Nicholas Slonina, Mauricio Pineda, Brian Gutiérrez, Javier Casas and Alex Monis.

Professional Players

Player Name Hometown College First Pro Club Current Pro Club
1. Victor Pineda Bollingbrook, Illinois NA Chicago Fire SC Retired
2. Kellen Gulley Clinton, Mississippi NA Chicago Fire SC Mississippi Brilla FC
3. Harrison Shipp Lake Forest, Illinois University of Notre Dame Chicago Fire SC Seattle Sounders
4. Chris Ritter Winnetka, Illinois Northwestern University Chicago Fire SC Retired
5. Collin Fernandez Downers Grove, Illinois NA Chicago Fire SC Tacoma Defiance
6. Patrick Doody Naperville, Illinois Indiana University Chicago Fire SC Retired
7. Joey Calistri Deerfield, Illinois Northwestern University Chicago Fire SC Phoenix Rising FC
8. Drew Conner Cary, Illinois University of Wisconsin Chicago Fire SC Indy 11
9. Djordje Mihailovic Romeoville, Illinois NA Chicago Fire SC Chicago Fire FC
10. Grant Lillard Hinsdale, Illinois Indiana University Chicago Fire SC Inter Miami CF
11. Jeremiah Gutjahr Bloomington, Indiana Indiana University Chicago Fire SC Chicago Fire FC
12. Andre Reynolds II Chicago, Illinois NA Chicago Fire SC Chicago Fire FC
13. Gabriel Slonina Addision, Illinois NA Chicago Fire SC Chicago Fire FC
14. Nicholas Slonina Addison, Illinois NA Chicago Fire FC Chicago Fire FC
15. Mauirico Pineda Bollingbrook, Illinois University of North Carolina Chicago Fire FC Chicago fFre FC
16. Brian GutiƩrrez Berwyn, IL NA Chicago Fire FC Chicago Fire FC
17. Javier Casas Addison, IL NA Chicago Fire FC Chicago Fire FC
18. Alex Monis Naperville, IL NA Chicago Fire FC Chicago Fire FC

Current and Former Academy Players According to Graduation Year


Featured Video

Fire Homegrown product Nick Slonina talks about progressing to from the academy to the 1st team, and his goals in supporting his teammates.


A selection of interviews with 1st Team Homegrown Players