Report: Montreal stakes its claim with acquisition of Shipp from Chicago

Abel Arciniega/ Chicago Fire

Chicago Fire supporters will be wondering what its club has in store after reports say the club traded Homegrown Player and talented midfielder Harry Shipp to Montreal.

On the other side, Impact fans will be dreaming of what’s to come in the 2016 season.

Already boasting a potent attack that will keep Didier Drogba in the fold, the Impact acquired Shipp from Chicago for allocation money.

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The Fire continue their overhaul, now being run by general manager Nelson Rodriguez and new coach Veljko Paunović.

A former Notre Dame standout, Shipp failed to statistically build on his 7-goal, 6-assist rookie season but was marooned at times on a struggling Fire side.

One day after announcing a new deal for standout center back Laurent Ciman, Montreal has improved in its bid to follow-up a strong 2015 that saw a CONCACAF Champions League final and an energetic run that coincided with Drogba’s arrival.

Canada has three MLS sides, and this is another move that could stake the nation’s claim to a trio of title contenders.