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Chicago Fire GK Chris Brady heads back to Forward Madison on loan

Brady started eight matches for the Mingos in 2020, earning USL League One Young Player of the Year honors

Chris Brady is back at Forward Madison FC, where he started several matches last season
Forward Madison FC

Chicago Fire goalkeeper Chris Brady is heading north once again.

Brady, 17, has been loaned to Forward Madison FC of USL League One. Last season, Brady started eight matches for the Mingos, producing three shutouts, and earning USL League One 2020 Young Player of the Year honors in the process.

Madison hosts the Richmond Kickers on Saturday (7 p.m. CT, ESPN+) at Breese Stevens Field—a place Brady has yet to play. While Brady was with the team last season, the pandemic forced the Mingos to play their home matches at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Because the mandatory quarantine rules have been relaxed, players to be able to travel far more freely between the two clubs this season. It means, in theory, Brady could play Saturday, and return to Chicago after the match, something that wasn’t possible last season with required quarantines.

ONE MORE GREEN CARD: Midfielder Luka Stojanović has received his green card, meaning he will no longer occupy an international slot on the Fire’s roster. He’s the sixth Fire player to receive a green card since the start of the 2020 season, and the second this week, along with Robert Berić. This means even when Stanislav Ivanov returns from injury, the Fire will have one open international slot—which can be used to sign a new player, or traded to another team.