The Chicago Fire have signed homegrown goalkeeper Chris Brady to a contract extension through the 2026 MLS season with a club option on 2026.
The 18-year-old is yet to feature in MLS but has been capped numerous times for the United States at youth level and has attracted attention from clubs in Europe. Brady has played for Chicago Fire II in MLS NEXT Pro and spent 2020 on loan at USL side Forward Madison.
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“Chris is a highly talented young goalkeeper, and this new contract is a testament to our belief in him and his abilities as a player,” Fire sporting director Georg Heitz said in a club press release. “We’ve seen tremendous growth from Chris over the last two years, during his time on loan with Forward Madison and more recently with our CFFC II team, and we believe that he has a very bright future with the Fire.”
Brady's extension comes as Fire No.1 and fellow teenage homegrown goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina continues to attract interest from clubs in Europe, including in the English Premier League and Spain, as revealed by 90min.
Slonina is capped extensively for the United States at youth level and has been called into Gregg Berhalter's senior team on a number of occasions, though he hasn't made his debut yet.
But the 19-year-old is also eligible for Poland and on Tuesday was called up to Czesław Michniewicz's team for upcoming Uefa Nations League fixtures against Wales, Belgium and Netherlands.
90min previously revealed in April that Slonina would be offered a call-up by Poland this window.