July 21, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — For the second straight year, University of Notre Dame men’s soccer alumnus and Chicago Fire midfielder Harrison Shipp (’14) has earned a bid to compete in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game.
Shipp was one of 22 players named to the MLS roster by head coach Landon Donovan on Monday to participate in the second annual Homegrown contest, where the MLS squad is set to face the Club AmÃƒÆ’Â©rica Under-20 team on July 28 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
The 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, featuring rising MLS and United States youth national talent, will coincide with the AT&T MLS All-Star Game festivities on July 29, when the top players in the league face off with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur at Skyline Park in Denver. Notre Dame graduate and Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler (’09) was officially selected to his fourth career MLS All-Star Game last week.
Shipp is set to make his second consecutive MLS Homegrown Game appearance after tallying two goals and five assists in his first 19 starts with Chicago in 2015. Shipp has already attempted 39 total shots (40 over 33 matches in 2014), with 13 tries on frame to open the regular season. His shot and assist totals are both team-highs among all Fire players.
Shipp signed with Chicago as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 9, 2014. The Lake Forest, Illinois native has scored nine goals and added 11 assists in 52 career matches (45 starts) in the MLS (as of July 21) since making his debut in March of last year.
In his four-year Notre Dame career, Shipp scored 23 goals and tallied 24 assists over 84 matches from 2010-13. After graduating with a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business as a multi-time Dean’s List honoree, Shipp was selected as the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America of the YearÂ® for Division I men’s soccer.
Shipp contributed 12 goals and 10 assists in 24 matches as a senior, earning Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year, all-ACC first team and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America first team honors in 2013. He scored three tournament goals before logging an assist on the match-winning tally in Notre Dame’s 2-1 win over Maryland to capture the 2013 NCAA Championship on Dec. 15, 2013 in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Shipp closed his final collegiate season as one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) Hermann Trophy, presented each year to the top player in collegiate soccer.
2015 CHIPOTLE MLS HOMEGROWN TEAM ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Jesse Gonzalez (FC Dallas), Matt Lampson (Columbus Crew SC)
DEFENDERS: Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake), Shane O’Neill (Colorado Rapids), Eric Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City), Jalen Robinson (D.C. United), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy), Tyler Turner (Orlando City SC)
MIDFIELDERS: Jay Chapman (Toronto FC), Sean Davis (New York Red Bulls), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union), Memo Rodriguez (Houston Dynamo), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Harry Shipp (Chicago Fire), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew SC), Russell Tibet (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Alex Zendejas (FC Dallas)
FORWARDS: Coy Craft (FC Dallas), Kianz Froese (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Montreal Impact), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes)