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Chicago Fire Sign Goalkeeper Spencer Richey

Richey becomes the first free-agent signing for the Fire this offseason and will add experience to a talented but young goalkeeping core.

Spencer Richey Chicago Fire FC
Photo: Major League Soccer/Seattle Sounders

Chicago Fire FC has signed free-agent goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Richey’s contract will run through 2023, with a club option for 2024.

“We’re very pleased to add Spencer to our roster heading into 2022,” said Sporting Director Georg Heitz. “With nearly a decade of professional experience, Spencer will not only be a great mentor for Chris Brady and Gaga Slonina but will also provide competition and depth at the goalkeeper position.”

Richey will surely bring plenty of experience to a talented but young goalkeeping core. The presumed starter, Gaga Slonina, will be just 17 years old on what would be his first career opening day start. Chris Brady will also be just 17 years old on opening day and likely will start the season in the new MLS NEXT Pro league.

Last year, Bobby Shuttleworth brought that much-needed goalkeeping experience. This year, it will be Richey. The 29-year-old Seattle native spent the 2021 season with his hometown Sounders, where he played two matches. Richey also played in MLS for FC Cincinnati in 2019 and 2020, making a combined 29 appearances (all starts).

Most of his playing time throughout his career has come through the USL. Richey spent time with Tacoma Defiance, FC Cincinnati, and Vancouver Whitecaps 2 in the second-division league.

Richey looks set to be the backup to Slonina, who started 11 matches for last year’s Fire squad. Check out the Chicago Fire’s 2022 season schedule here.

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