May 10, 2014; Harrison, NJ, USA; Chicago Fire midfielder Harry Shipp (19) celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls with forward Mike Magee (9) and midfielder Benji Joya (54) during the second half of a game at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Harry Shipp: Rookie Deserved MLS All-Star spot

Let’s make one thing clear right away, Harry Shipp is the best player in Chicago, not Sean Johnson, not Mike Magee. Let that sink into your head for a minute….ok, now that we are on the same page, allow me to continue. If the fans who voted for the 2014 MLS All-Star team knew more than just 11 players in MLS, Shipp would be on the roster, plan and simple.

Harrison Shipp is a rookie forward for the Chicago Fire, he also is the leading goal scorer for the club with six goals. On top of that, he is a shoe-in to win MLS Rookie of the Year. Like stated above, Shipp, not Johnson or Magee, is the best player for the Chicago Fire. For those of you that have never heard of him, it is simple, Major League Soccer loves their household names. If this was the NFL, NBA or MLB, critics and fans would not stop talking about the explosive rookie from Notre Dame.

If there is one area that fans cannot stop talking about Shipp, it would be MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager. Shipp has 103 fantasy points and the season in not even half over. While that stat is impressive, what is wooing Fire fans even more, is his ability to find the back on net and provide assists. Shipp has six goals and five assists over 17 games.

Shipp is rewarded for his efforts by being named to the Chipotle MLS Homegrown player game, which features the best young players in MLS. The match will take place a few days before the All-Star game. While this honor is fantastic for Shipp’s career, it does not completely encapsulate his true talent.

The talent wrapped-up in this one player is something to behold. If Shipp continues to play his heart out every match, he will continue to add to his already impressive soccer resume.


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