The Chicago Fire have signed academy product, Djordje Mihailovic. Mihailovic is an academy product that dates back to the Larry Sunderland era. His development is largely in thanks to Sunderland who left the team a few seasons ago to accept a job in Portland. Djordje is the lone homegrown signing of the season after rumors of Grant Lillard being close to a contract and players like Cameron Lindley, Andrew Gutman, and Mauricio Pineda all considering the option. These four options have all decided to take another year of university in the hopes of playing time and development.

Djordje previously committed to join Lindley and Pineda at UNC but will now instead be coming to the Fire straight out of high school. He has spent time with The Fire academy and most recently played for the PDL team under Chicago Fire legend, Logan Pause. Mihailovic is a box to box midfielder who was used as more of an attacking midfielder by Logan Pause.

From watching him on the PDL all summer, there are a few important notes to take away. First of all he has talent. He is not another homegrown player that is simply taking up a spot on the roster because of Chicago connections. Mihailovic has the ability to make a real difference for Chicago. However and most importantly, he is raw. Djordje is still just out of high school and shows flashes of brilliance but is not consistent yet and is still learning. He also scores goals but I wouldn’t expect that at the next level since he seemed to strive more as a chance creator.

If GM Nelson Rodriguez handles this in the right way, sending Djodje to Tulsa for consistent minutes, we might just have our next homegrown difference maker in the next few years. RIP Harrison Shipp.

Notes:

-Chicago have been awarded the 2017 MLS Allstar game and it will be taking place at Soldier Field. This should not come as a surprise, Soldier field can host three times the amount of fans as Toyota Park. This also means three times the money.

-Chicago is still in the market for German superstar Bastian Schweinsteiger if the right price is given. Today Schweinsteiger got his first start at Manchester in months

-Trasnfer markets around Europe come to a close in the next few days(February 1st and 2nd)

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