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Impact acquires midfielder Harry Shipp

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Montreal Impact has acquired midfielder Harry Shipp in a trade with the Chicago Fire. In exchange for the American, the Fire received general and targeted allocation money.

The trade is currently pending upon the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

Chicago Fire player Harry Shipp kicks the ball against Toronto FC during an MLS match
Harry Shipp kicks the ball against Toronto FC during an MLS match (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

In two years with the Fire, he had 10 goals and 14 assists in 66 games. He made 55 starts and played 4,917 minutes.

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“We are very pleased to have been able to acquire Harry and we are looking forward to him joining our group,” Impact technical director Adam Braz said. “He is a player who has already shown he can produce in this league and we feel that he will fit well into our team and into our style of play.”

In 2014, he finished second in the MLS Rookie of the Year standings. He led the team with six assists and was second with seven goals.

This past season, he had eight assists, which led the team, in 33 games. He was second with 2,571 minutes of play.

He had three goals, including two game-winning goals, on the season. In addition, he started four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games.

“Pauno (head coach Veljko Paunović) and I met with Harry on Saturday to give him the news,” Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said. “Harry is a homegrown player and an obvious fan-favorite, which makes this trade more emotional than most. However, we believe this trade will prove to be beneficial for our club and for Harry’s career.”

The Illinois native was signed by the Fire as a homegrown player in January 2014. He worked his way up from Fire Premier in PDL to the Chicago Fire Academy before going to college, where he played NCAA soccer with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 2010 to 2013.

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He was the team captain when the Fighting Irish won their first-ever NCAA College Cup in 2013. He had 23 goals and 24 assists in 84 collegiate games.

He was a finalist for the Mac Hermann Trophy, which goes to the top male college player. He also received the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and was named All-ACC First-Team.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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