The Chicago Fire loaned full-back Andre Reynolds II to USL Championship team Memphis 901 FC. The 20-year-old Reynolds II rose to MLS through playing on the academy side of the Chicago Fire. After four years, Reynolds signed a homegrown player deal with the Fire in 2019 at just 17 years old. It was an exciting signing for the club as Reynolds became the first academy player from Chicago to sign a homegrown deal with the Fire.
Still, Reynolds II badly needs minutes that he just is not getting with Chicago. Last season, Reynolds II only appeared in two games and totaled 16 minutes played. Thus far this season, Reynolds II has not seen any playing time. As a result, the loan makes a lot of sense for both the Fire and Reynolds II. Memphis plays in the second-tier league of American soccer, and he will see more regular opportunities for playing time to develop his game professionally.
For the Fire, they lose a promising young defender for the season, but they could not afford him playing time. Ultimately, the Fire will end up with a more developed Reynolds II at the conclusion of the loan.
Reynolds II will remain with Memphis for the remainder of the 2021 season, and we will keep up with how he performs in the USL Championship. Stick with us for those updates throughout the season and give us a follow at Second City Soccer.