November 23, 2016
Fire contract Johnson, Lampson for next season
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. -- The Chicago Fire have exercised contract options goalkeepers Sean Johnson and Matt Lampson, plus seven other players, the team announced Wednesday.
The Fire have also exercised 2017 options on Arturo Alvarez, Jonathan Campbell, Joey Calistri, Drew Conner, Patrick Doody, Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent. Calistri, Conner and Doody are listed as Homegrown players.
"We have made decisions that we believe give us maximum flexibility as we execute our plan for the next phase of our roster construction," Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez said. "The men whose contracts we did not exercise have given their all to the club and our city. We sincerely hope that they are successful in their respective next opportunity and we are thankful for the commitment they demonstrated on behalf of Chicago Fire SC."
Options are not being exercised on Razvan Cocis, Eric Gehrig, Nick LaBrocca, Patrick McLain, Alex Morrell, Rodrigo Ramos, Michael Stephens, Luis Solignac and Khaly Thiam. LaBrocca is eligible for Free Agency. Gehrig and Stephens are eligible to participate in MLS' Re-Entry process.
Eight players have guaranteed contracts for next year: David Accam, David Arshakyan, Michael de Leeuw, Collin Fernandez, John Goossens, Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof and Joao Meira.
The Fire's roster for 2017 stands at 17:
• Goalkeepers (2): Sean Johnson, Matt Lampson
• Defenders (6): Jonathan Campbell, Patrick Doody, Michael Harrington, Johan Kappelhof, Joao Meira, Brandon Vincent
• Midfielders (6): Arturo Alvarez, Joey Calistri, Drew Conner, Collin Fernandez, John Goossens, Matt Polster
• Forwards (3): David Accam, David Arshakyan, Michael de Leeuw