News and Announcements


Team Chicago Academy-2001 Elite standout Nikki Coryell has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her academic and athletic career at Valparaiso University. Nikki – who plays her prep soccer for head coach Chris Whaley at Metea Valley High School – will be a part of Valparaiso head coach John Marovich’s 2020 recruiting class.

The Crusaders are part of the NCAA Division I and play in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Team Chicago Staff Announcement!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Feb 22, 2019 12:34PM PST

Team Chicago is pleased to announce the addition of Phil Nielsen to the coaching staff, effective May 1, 2019. Phil will join Team Chicago as a coach and in the role of Director of College Recruiting, where he will be responsible for assisting Team Chicago players in the college recruitment process. Phil will be the head coach of three Team Chicago Academy Elite girls teams for the 2019-20 season: 2001 Elite, 2002 Elite and 2003 Elite. Phil will also run an elite summer training program for all interested players in the Chicagoland area.

Phil is well-known to Team Chicago having spent 9.5 years with the club as Technical and Executive Director. During that time he won a US Youth Soccer National Championship, sent dozens of players to college programs and helped establish Team Chicago as a force locally, regionally and nationally.

Having most recently been the Academy Director at the Cincinnati Development Academy, Phil’s return to Team Chicago is a great addition to the staff. Technical Director Dave Lovercheck had this to say, “bringing Phil back to Team Chicago is a no-brainer; he is one of the top youth coaches in the country and his knowledge of both the Chicagoland youth soccer landscape, as well as the national landscape, is a phenomenal asset to Team Chicago. I could not be more pleased to welcome Phil ‘home’.”

Phil is currently completing his US Soccer Federation ‘A’ license, and holds a UEFA ‘A’ license as well as multiple United Soccer Coaches diploma’s. He is a longtime Regional ODP Head Coach and is an Assistant Coach with the US U23 Women’s National Team and a US Women’s Nationals Team Scout.

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Team Chicago Spring Break Camp!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Feb 19, 2019 11:11AM PST

Team Chicago is holding a Spring Break Camp indoors this year at the WAA Sports Center. Stay warm and dry on the state-of-the-art field turf and get ready for the spring season!

Open to all travel soccer players the camp will be organized and run by Team Chicago Directors Dave Lovercheck, Chris Brown and Kevin Gowrie. Technical and tactical themes will be emphasized in a fun and challenging environment. Players will be grouped according to age and ability.

Fee: $150
Location: WAA Sports Center, 2323 Liberty St, Aurora 60502
Dates: March 25 to March 28, 2019
Time: 9:00AM to 12:00PM
Register at:

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Phoenix, Arizona-

Team Chicago Academy 2003 Elite traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to participate in the prestigious SC Del Sol President’s Day (PDT ) event. The girls were able to compete against teams from Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota and Utah. Through group play the 2003’s outscored the competition netting 5 goals and only allowing 1 goal, earning a birth into the finals today. Friday night’s game was highlighted with a fantastic goal that started with Brooke M. winning the ball in midfield and driving to the middle of the park to then play a perfectly weighted ball into Allie K. path. Allie calmly sealed off the defender and went in to place the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner. The last few minutes of the game was challenging and ended with Lily C. having to make a save that carried the ball in toward the goal to have Emma I. clear the ball off the line. Game ended with a 1-0 victory and was a tune up for the balance of the weekend. There were several highlights by several individuals throughout the tournament but what stood out was great commitment by the entire team and determination to work for each other to achieve something greater.

The final was a well fought battle where the 2003 Elite had most of possession and gave up a goal against the run of play. The 2003 Elite never quit though, and Brenna Y. won a foul outside the box that Allie K. converted on a perfectly placed free kick to tie up the match at 1-1. With about 3 minutes left in the game Brooke N. made a spirited run down the right side driving to the end line to serve a fantastic ball across the box to Arohi M. who buried her shot for the game winner. “What a great way to end the year and I am so proud of their accomplishment”. said Coach Chura.

Tara Tesmond commits to Indiana State!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Feb 14, 2019 7:49AM PST

Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Tara Tesmond has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at Indiana State University. Tara, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Joe Moreau at Neuqua Valley High School, will be a member of coach Julie Hanley’s 2021 recruiting class.

The Sycamores are members of the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.