Chicago Fire sign two seniors out of Big 10 to homegrown deals


Chicago Fire have signed a pair of former Fire Academy players who recently completed their senior seasons at Northwestern and Wisconsin.

The Fire signed Northwestern forward Joey Calistri, who scored 30 goals and had 14 assists in his four-year career with the Wildcats and Wisconsin midfielder Drew Conner. Conner had six goals and 12 assists in his four-year career in Madison.

Both also played for Chicago’s U23 PDL squad during the summers.

The duo are the fifth and sixth homegrown signings for the Fire, which signed Patrick Doody out of Indiana last December, Collin Fernandez straight out of the academy and Chris Ritter and Harrison Shipp in January 2014 after they finished their careers at Northwestern and Notre Dame.

Ritter had his club option declined by the Fire in late November.

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