The 18-year-old was selected by Chicago Fire legends and MLS Homegrown team coaches Brian McBride and Mike Magee to represent MLS against Chivas de Guadalajara’s U20 team, and will certainly be looking to prove himself against the reigning U20 Liga MX champions.
There may be not better stage to prove yourself as a professional than in a game like this. Mihailovic, who signed as Homegrown player with the Fire in January, has made just 7 appearances in MLS play for the Fire this season — recording a modest 106 minutes of game time. He also appeared in Chicago’s U.S. Open Cup fourth round victory against Saint Louis FC in June.
However, at such a young age, Fire fans should remain optimistic about Mihailovic’s future. After all, both Magee and McBride speak very highly of the U.S. Youth International.
“He’s great. He’s great on the ball and he’s come a long way. You can tell his confidence, he’s slowly becoming a little bit of a leader, probably with this group a little more so than the Fire,” Magee told members of the Fire’s media team. “So just trying to get that out of him. He’s a player that can dictate the game, so tomorrow I need that out of him. It’s fun, it’s fun seeing him succeed.”
Compliments from a former MVP must mean something, right? If Magee, one of the most naturally creative players to ever wear an MLS kit, thinks Mihailovic is going somewhere, then so should we.
McBride also thinks very highly of the Fire youngster, telling Fire media that “Djordje is good,” and that he is “technically talented.”
And despite the high praise Mihailovic has been receiving this week, he seems to be focused on the task at hand. He told Fire media this week that he hopes to showcase his talents in the center of the pitch because “that’s where the smart players usually play,” and that he’s just looking forward to representing Chicago on this stage.
“It’s definitely an honor to play and represent my hometown club and hometown city in the Homegrown Game,” the Illinois native said. “It’s definitely something to look forward to, playing especially for two coaches that played for the club, and one of them grew up not too far from where I grew up.”
The 2017 MLS Homegrown Game can be seen on Facebook live, kicking off at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.