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Chicago Fire Sign Defender Justin Reynolds To Homegrown Player Contract

The 18-year-old is one of 11 homegrowns under contract with the Fire, including his older brother Andre Reynolds II.

Justin Reynolds Chicago Fire FC MLS
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The Chicago Fire signed Justin Reynolds to a Homegrown Player contract, the club announced Thursday. The defender’s contract will begin Jan. 1, 2023, and run through the 2026 season, with a club option for 2027.

The 18-year-old United States youth international and Chicago native will spend this season with Chicago Fire FC II in MLS NEXT Pro.

Reynolds is one of 11 homegrowns under contract with the Fire, including his older brother Andre Reynolds II. The younger Reynolds also played a vital role in the Fire Academy winning the inaugural MLS NEXT U19 Championship in 2021.

Fire Technical Director Sebastian Pelzer on Reynolds

“Justin brings many things to the table for the Chicago Fire, highlighted by his adaptability and his excellent mindset. He is willing and able to adapt to anything the coaches ask of him. His ability to read and influence the modern game is fantastic.”

Reynolds on Signing with Fire

“It’s an honor to sign as a Homegrown player with my hometown club. I grew up in the Chicago Fire Academy and everyone at the Club – the administrators, coaches, staff and my teammates – have been extremely supportive over the years. I’d like to thank everyone for believing in me, and I know this journey is just beginning. I am excited to represent Chicago and the Chicago Fire on the field.”

Fire HC Ezra Hendrickson on Reynolds

“Justin has fully earned this opportunity and we’re very proud to see him take the next step in his career. Our Academy and CFFC II coaches did an excellent job of preparing him for the professional level. He has continued to take significant steps forward since our first interactions with him in preseason. We look forward to seeing Justin continue to grow and develop within our environment.”

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Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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