Chicago signs 17-year-old Gulley

The Chicago Fire signed 17-year-old Kellen Gulley as the club's second home grown player Thursday.

Gulley, 17, joins Chicago from Fire Juniors Mississippi and becomes the first player from the three juniors programs based outside of the Chicago area to sign with the club's first team.

"Kellen is a very talented player and we are thrilled to add him to our first team," said technical director and interim head coach Frank Klopas. "Kellen is a tremendous individual and has proved to be a scoring force with the Chicago Fire Juniors and U17 U.S. men's national team and will continue to grow as a player while with the Fire.

"Developing young professionals is the goal of our juniors program and Kellen serves as a defining figure in our player development system."

Gulley will not be added to the Fire's first team roster until 2012. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.