Romano’s report comes 10 days after Slonina committed his international future to the United States, sharing “my heart is American” amid heavy recruiting efforts from Poland, his parents’ home country. He is awaiting his senior team debut for the USMNT.
Since becoming Chicago’s starting point guard at the end of the 2021 season, Slonina has nine clean sheets in 25 appearances. He was a bright spot for the Fire, who are bottom of the Eastern Conference in the 2022 season and league standings entering the June international break.
Should Slonina head to Real Madrid, it would be one of the most high-profile outgoing moves in MLS academies history. Depending on the club’s destination, others at this stadium include Alphonso Davies of Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Bayern Munich and Giovanni Reyna of New York City FC’s youth system at Borussia Dortmund.
Slonina would also join several USMNT goalkeepers at some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Zack Steffen joining Premier League-winning Manchester City after coming through the Columbus Crew. Meanwhile, Matt Turner will soon join Arsenal after progressing at the New England Revolution.
Real Madrid’s starting goalkeeper is Belgian star Thibaut Courtois. In recent years, they’ve also had all-time Spanish great Iker Casillas and Costa Rican legend Keylor Navas between the sticks.