This will be beginning of a series of player profiles for all new players that the Sounders acquire before and during the season.
Last week, the Sounders made some moves and acquired some players to add some depth to their roster. The first one on the list is Harry Shipp.
Shipp was acquired by the Sounders in a trade with Montreal Impact on December 22nd. In exchange, the Sounders sent general allocation money. The Sounders will be Shipp’s third team in three years as he enters his fourth year in the league.
The Chicago Fire signed Shipp as their Homegrown Player after he finished his senior season at Notre Dame. In his rookie year, Shipp played in 33 games – 29 starts – and scored seven goals and assisted on six others. He was a finalist for AT&T MLS Rookie of the Year and added his first career hat-trick in just his eighth ever game against the New York Red Bulls.
The following year, he played in 33 games again – again starting 29 of them. He dipped a bit in the goal scoring column with only three goals but he set his career high in assists with eight. 2015 also saw Shipp play in a career high 2,571 minutes.
Prior to the 2016 season, Shipp was shipped to the Impact and had his worst season to date. He appeared in just 27 games – 20 of them starts – and only scored two goals and three assists. He only played a total of 18 minutes (two games as a late sub) for the Impact in the five playoff games this past season.
Unless something tragic happens, Shipp will more than likely come off the bench and have a few spot starts throughout the season in 2017. He is a solid midfielder that could become even better sharing the field with Nicolas Lodeiro.