The Chicago Fire exercised the 2023 contract option on Gabriel Slonina, the club announced Tuesday.
The 17-year-old homegrown goalkeeper has recorded a MLS-best five shutouts in the Fire’s first seven games this season. The Addison, Illinois native is the first goalkeeper in league history to post nine career clean sheets before the age of 21.
The Fire signed Slonina when he was 14 years old in 2019. He became the youngest goalkeeper in league history to start and post a shutout in a 0-0 draw against eventual league champions New York City FC on Aug. 4, 2021.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Fire begin their quest for a fifth U.S. Open Cup when they play Union Omaha of USL League One on Tuesday at Soldier Field. Kickoff is slated for 8:00 p.m. CDT.
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