Gabriel Slonina, Chris Brady ranked among best young goalkeepers in the world


Two of the top 10 highest rated goalkeepers born in 2004 are Chicago Fire homegrowns, including the No. 1 goalkeeper in the world.

Industry leader Transfermarkt released its list of the top 10 most valuable 2004 goalkeepers on Sunday, with Gabriel Slonina holding down the top spot ($550,000) and Chris Brady coming in at No. 10 ($110,000).

Moreover, Slonina's value is more than double that of the No. 2 player, who came in at $193,000.

Slonina, who recently earned his first U.S. senior national team call-up, became the youngest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer history to start a match and record a shutout when he made his professional debut against newly-crowned Eastern Conference champions New York City FC on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at Soldier Field, keeping his first clean sheet in the 0-0 tie. He finished the season with 11 appearances (11 starts), 45 saves and four shutouts.

"I am proud of how this season went," Slonina told Transfermarkt. "To get that game experience, because, obviously, that is the most important part for a young player. I felt some nerves, but it was something I prepared for my entire life."

Meanwhile, back in 2020 while on loan with Forward Madison, Brady was named USL League One’s Young Player of the Year. The Naperville, Ill. native earned eight starts and recorded 19 saves and posted three shutouts, tied for fourth-most in the league.