After earning selection into coach Landon Donovan's 20-man roster for Wednesday's 2016 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game, Chicago Fire forward Joey Calistri will be forced to miss the match while recovering from a recent right ankle sprain.
"It was an honor to be selected by Landon Donovan to the Chipotle Homegrown game roster,” said Calistri. “It would have been incredible to represent the Fire in the game. Unfortunately my injury is going to prevent me from participating and I wish my fellow Homegrown players luck against Mexico. It's disappointing but my focus right now is to get 100 percent healthy and I'm looking forward to helping the Fire compete in league and Open Cup games in the second half of the season."
Staged at San Jose's Avaya Stadium, site of Thursday's 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, the Chipotle Homegrown Game (Wednesday, 8 p.m. CT) pits a collection of MLS' top young 'homegrown' talent against the Mexican U-20 National Team.
Calistri, 22, has played in 10 games with one goal and one assist during his rookie season with the Chicago Fire. Injuries have prevented Calistri from appearing in a match since June 18 at Colorado, where he scored his first professional goal.
The Fire return to Toyota Park to face the New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m. CT Sunday(TV: CSN Chicago).