Gabriel Slonina, a new Chelsea goalkeeper, claims that choosing the Blues was a “no brainer.”
Gabriel “Gaga” Slonina is eager to move to England after completing one of the most expensive transfers for a teenager in MLS history.
Up until January, the 18-year-old goalkeeper will remain with Chicago Fire FC, his current team.
The Illinois native is thrilled to relocate to England and claims that Chelsea’s reputation for nurturing young players is what drew him to the club.
It was obvious to me that I wanted to join that team because it is a huge club with a rich history, and the things they have accomplished in recent years have been truly amazing.
Thus, Slonina told reporters, “It’s a tremendous honor to be joining the club.”
Because of the advancement I will experience at Chelsea, joining them was a no-brainer.
He also mentioned that Christian Pulisic, a fellow American playing abroad, has gotten in touch and offered to assist him in settling in at Stamford Bridge.
On a Chicago team that hasn’t been particularly impressive in the current MLS season, Slonina has been somewhat of a revelation.
Slonina has the joint second-most shutouts in the league, but Chicago hasn’t been able to score that many goals.
Just one goal more than Sporting Kansas City in last place, the team’s 24 goals are the second-worst total in the league.
Despite this, Chicago is only two points away from a playoff spot as of right now in the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference standings.
Slonina could be called up to Gregg Berhalter’s USMNT squad if he keeps up his stellar play, but Sean Johnson of New York City FC, Matt Turner of Arsenal, and Zach Steffen of Middlesbrough are all strong contenders.
Due to his ancestry, he is qualified to represent Poland, and in May, he was called up to the senior squad.
Slonina, however, declined the call-up and declared his intent to represent the USMNT instead.
The Illinois native chose Chelsea for history of developing young playersSlonina will move officially in January after the end of the current MLS seasonChicago sit 10th in the league due to lack of goal scoring, but close to playoffs