Shipp Ahoy! Yallop lands Harry
Lake Forest, Illinois native and top college man Harrison Shipp anchors himself to his hometown club…
A few weeks back, when Fire academy product Harry Shipp came up as a topic of discussion at a town hall meeting, Fire soccer boss Frank Yallop assured inquisitive season ticket holders that he’d “get him.” And, well, he got him.
The addition of arguably the top prospect coming out of America’s collegiate system is yet another step in the right direction for the new gaffer and his revamped Chicago Fire.
Harrison Shipp is not your typical rookie. A prospect Yallop has referred to as “a young Mike Magee,” “crafty,” and “smooth,” Shipp likens himself to a young Chris Rolfe, should add depth and quality to the Fire attack, and challenge for a spot in the gameday 18. The only big question is where exactly he’ll fit in.
Shipp scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists for Notre Dame’s national championship-winning side last season, which proves he’s not only an adept marksman, but an effective playmaker as well.
Given his stature, expect Shipp to slot in as a false nine or a pure number ten. Harry’s in town to generate offense and I’d like to think Frank Yallop will put him in the best position to do just that when opportunities arise.
So, welcome to the club that brought you up, kid. May your dreams come true while you hit the back of the net and dish out assists to your new mates in Fire red.
- Age: 22; Height: 5’9″; Weight: 145
- Career Numbers: 23 goals and 24 assists in 83 collegiate matches for Notre Dame.
- Per MLS policy, we don’t know the terms of his contract, but as a homegrown player (third in franchise history), expect Harry’s deal to be about four years in length, with successive incremental annual wage increases. The good news is there’ll be no salary cap hit.
- Harry’s got a cap on him. The scholar-athlete made the dean’s list five times while studying finance at ND and was a 2013 Academic All-American.
- Harry models his game after the sublime Andres Iniesta. Forca Shipp! Forca Barca!
- Tonight in St. Louis, Harry may find himself the winner of the MAC Hermann award, college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
Scott Fenwick founded On The Fire in 2012 and is its Executive Editor. Scott co-hosts the On The Fire Soccer Radio Podcast, contributes to the Guardian’s (UK) MLS fan previews, The Cup.us, Pickles Magazine, and is America’s #1 Rapid supporter.