The affiliate agreement between Chicago Fire FC and Forward Madison FC has produced its first three loan deals.
The Fire announced today it’s sending three Homegrown teenagers to play with the USL League One side—forward Alex Monis, midfielder Allan Rodriguez, and goalkeeper Chris Brady.
Fire head coach Raphael Wicky did not include Monis, Rodriguez and Brady in the roster that traveled to Orlando for the MLS is Back Tournament. Instead, they were sent to train with Forward Madison.
“They’ve been with us since July 2nd,” Forward Madison coach Daryl Shore said in a Facebook Q&A with fans. “We’re excited about all three of them. And now, with the unfortunate exit of the Fire from the MLS is Back tournament, we’re not really sure if we can expect a few other players to come in.”
Shore was a longtime assistant coach with the Fire.
Forward Madison opens its shortened season Saturday with an away match against North Texas SC. All three players will be eligible for the match. Forward will play all eight home matches this season at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The matches were moved away from Forward’s usual home field, Breese Stevens Field in Madison, because Dane County, Wisconsin officials wouldn’t allow games to take place there because of the pandemic.
Brady, 16, was signed as the 19th Homegrown Player in Club history on March 24. A native of Naperville, Ill., Brady originally joined the Chicago Fire Academy in 2017. During his time with the Fire Academy, Brady made 48 appearance (48 starts) at the U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-17 levels.
Monis, 17, joined the Fire’s first team as the 18th Homegrown Player in Club history on March 11. A native of Naperville, Ill., Monis has been with the Club since 2015, featuring in the Fire Juniors and Academy programs. Prior to signing with the first team, Monis made 78 appearances (67 starts). In 19 appearances (18 starts) for the Academy, Monis scored ten goals and added two assists.
Rodríguez, 16, became the 20th Homegrown Player signing in Club history on March 25. After being identified by the Indiana Fire Academy scouting staff, the Elkhart, Ind., native joined the Indiana Fire in the fall of 2017. In January 2019, Rodríguez transferred to the Chicago Fire Academy, making 21 appearances (15 starts).