Kellen Gulley

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Kellen Gulley
Personal information
Full name Kellen Gulley
Date of birth (1994-04-06) April 6, 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Clinton, Mississippi, United States
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2009–2011 IMG Soccer Academy
2011–2012 Chicago Fire
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Chicago Fire 0 (0)
2013 Atlanta Silverbacks (loan) 10 (0)
2014 Atlanta Silverbacks 3 (0)
2015 Mississippi Brilla 11 (7)
National team
2009–2010 United States U17 9 (4)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 20, 2014.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 28, 2013

Kellen Gulley (born April 6, 1994) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Mississippi Brilla in the Premier Development League.

Youth career[edit]

Gulley was part of Chicago Fire's youth system from 2009 to 2012. In his three years with Mississippi Fire Juniors, he played in three consecutive SUM/Generation adidas Cups and also trained with the club's first team, PDL and Super-20 sides during the 2010 season.[1] Gulley was also a member of U.S. Soccer's residency program during his time in Mississippi.[2]

Gulley also spent time with the Chicago Fire U18 during their 2011-12 campaign where he made 23 appearances and tallied six goals.[3]

Club career[edit]

Chicago Fire[edit]

On August 11, 2011, it was announced that Gulley signed a homegrown contract with Chicago Fire. Making him the second homegrown signing in club history.[1][4] He wasn't eligible to make an MLS appearance the club until 2012. He did make a few appearances for the reserve squad in 2011 and 2012 and also made an appearance for the first team on September 14, 2011 in an international friendly match against Mexican powerhouse Chivas de Guadalajara.[5] He has not made an official first team appearance for the club.

Atlanta Silverbacks[edit]

On April 1, 2013, Gulley was sent on a season long loan to North American Soccer League club Atlanta Silverbacks after training with them for a month.[6] He made his professional debut for the club on May 21 in a 3-2 victory over Georgia Revolution in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.[7] His league debut came three days later in a 1-0 victory over San Antonio Scorpions.[8]

Return to Chicago Fire[edit]

On January 14, 2014 Chicago Fire announced Gulley was re-signed by the club.[9] However, on February 20, 2014 Gulley was waived by Chicago Fire.[10]

Return to Atlanta[edit]

On July 7, 2014 the Atlanta Silverbacks officially signed Gulley. He had spent the entire previous season with the Silverbacks on loan from the Chicago Fire. Ironically enough, the Silverbacks next match was a U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal match against the Fire, in Atlanta.

Return home[edit]

On April 15, 2015 the Mississippi Brilla announced the signing of Gulley along with his brother James Gulley.[11] He played has first match for Brilla in an exhibition in a 1-0 win against the Birmingham Hammers on May 16, 2015.


Gulley was part of the U.S. Soccer residency program for three years. During his time with the residency program, he capped eight times for the United States U17 national team and scored four goals from 2009 to 2010.[1]


Referee assault incident[edit]

On December 6, 2008, while playing high school soccer for Clinton High School, Gulley's brother was sent off for inappropriate behavior. At the conclusion of the match, Gulley's father, Jim Gulley, came onto the field and assaulted the referee.[12]

2016 drug arrests[edit]

In January 2016, Gulley was arrested in Clinton, Mississippi for a shooting incident that occurred at his Clinton, Mississippi home. The January shooting stemmed from a "drug deal gone bad" where Gulley was believed to have opened fire, hitting a subject who was attempting to rob Gulley for illegal drugs, according to the Clinton Police Department.[13]

On August 1, 2016, The Clinton Police Department released information that Kellen has been arrested for possession of illegal narcotice with intent to distribute while in possession of a firearm. According to the press release from the police department "Gulley is believed to be a significant dealer of marijuana, powder cocaine, and codeine syrup in Clinton and other portions of the Jackson metro area."[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Chicago Fire Sign Kellen Gulley as Home Grown Player". Florida Fire Juniors. 11 August 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Soccer Residency Program". U.S. Soccer. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "2011-12 Chicago Fire U17/18 stats". U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Crandall, Jeff (15 August 2011). "Growing Up Gulley". Chicago Fire. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Stejskal, Sam (14 September 2011). "Fire can't create chances, fall 1-0 to Guadalajara in friendly". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fire Loan Kellen Gulley to the Atlanta Silverbacks". Chicago Fire. Chicago Fire Communications. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Stigall, Matt (22 May 2013). "2013 US Open Cup Second Round: Atlanta Silverbacks top Georgia Revolution again in rematch". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Malone, Neal (24 May 2013). "Silverbacks Grab First Place With 1-0 Win". Atlanta Silverbacks. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "RELEASE: Chicago Fire Soccer Club Re-signs Yazid Atouba and Kellen Gulley". January 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Chicago Fire Waive Kellen Gulley And Brendan King". February 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Brother Reunite To Play For Hometown Team". April 15, 2015. 
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