Chicago Fire’s Harry Shipp, Chris Ritter are picked for MLS Homegrown Game

Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp has been a bright spot for the Fire this season.  |  Getty Images

Rookie midfielder Harry Shipp has been a bright spot for the Fire this season. | Getty Images

Midfielder Harry Shipp has been the biggest highlight of an otherwise-disappointing Fire season. On Wednesday, he received more recognition.

Shipp, a Lake Forest native, and fellow Fire rookie Chris Ritter were selected to play in the MLS Homegrown Game on Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore., against the Portland Timbers’ under-23 team. The game is part of the lead-up to the All-Star Game on Aug. 6 between the MLS’ best and German powerhouse Bayern Munich.

Ritter played at New Trier and then Northwestern.

Shipp has six goals and four assists, and his candidacy for a spot in the All-Star Game has gained traction. If he is selected for the All-Star Game, Shipp wouldn’t play in the Homegrown Game, which is for young players signed and developed by their teams.

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