Tuesday, May 24

Chicago Fire sign defender Justin Reynolds to homegrown deal

The Chicago Fire have added another young homegrown player to their roster, signing defender Justin Reynolds.

Reynolds’ deal will begin on January 1, 2023, and runs through the 2026 MLS season with an option for 2027. The 18-year-old will spend the remainder of this year with Chicago Fire II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Once he makes the step up to the senior team, Reynolds will join the likes of Gabriel Slonina, Brian Gutierrez, and older brother Andre Reynolds II among the Fire’s promising and growing homegrown contingent.

“Justin brings many things to the table for the Chicago Fire, highlighted by his adaptability and his excellent mindset,” Fire technical director Sebastian Pelzer said in a club press release.

“He is willing and able to adapt to anything the coaches ask of him, and his ability to read and influence the modern game is fantastic.”

Reynolds has played three games for Chicago Fire II, receiving one red card. But he’s still regarded as one of the club’s most promising talents and is excited to move up the ladder at his hometown club.

“It’s an honor to sign as a homegrown player with my hometown club,” Reynolds said.

“I grew up in the Chicago Fire Academy and everyone at the club – the administrators, coaches, staff, and my teammates – have been extremely supportive over the years. I’d like to thank everyone for believing in me, and I know this journey is just beginning. I am excited to represent Chicago and the Chicago Fire on the field.”

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