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Team Chicago Success in Memphis!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Feb 14, 2020 9:50AM PST
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The Team Chicago Academy-2004 Premier and 2005 Premier teams traveled to Memphis, TN to participate in the SE College Showcase. Both teams had a great showing with the 2004 team finishing as finalists and the 2005 team crowned champions!

The Team Chicago Academy-2004 Premier team finished as Finalists and returned home with an undefeated 2-0-1 record coupled with a showcase weekend shutout! The 2004 Premier team opened the SE College showcase with a tough battle resulting in an 0-0 tie against Indiana’s Sporting Southern Surge team followed by a dominating 5-0 victory against Tennessee’s CSA Lady Lobos Rush Select team. Sunday morning’s match up was against Memphis’s own Futbol Memphis FC team which started with a back and forth battle in gusting winds. The team battled and strategically worked a beautifully timed overlap run to break the Memphis back line resulting in lovely finish to go up 1-0. The second half opened with a dominant period that led to a well-executed corner kick play which resulted in a Memphis hand-ball and the resulting penalty kick gave Team Chicago a 2-0 lead. However, the Team Chicago players were not satisfied as they continued to press the Memphis back line creating a turnover followed by a near post cross for a one-touch finish to go up 3-0. Coach Greg Frederick commented on the weekend by stating “This was another display of this team’s willingness to simply go out and compete! It truly was an awesome display of quality soccer rounded out by each player playing with great passion, patience and urgency that contributed to them reaching their goals. I’m so proud of this teams incredible travel performance, as they have now won the past three out of state tournaments in a row including St. Louis, Indy and now Memphis!”

The Team Chicago Academy-2005 Premier team returned from Memphis with Championship honors after a perfect 3-0 performance and pitching a showcase shutout! The 2005 Premier team opened the SE College showcase on Saturday morning with a bruising 3-0 victory over Missouri’s Real WC Monarchs 2005 team. A first half rebound goal in a gritty and physical match-up against Tennessee’s CSA Lady Lobos Rush Elite team was enough for a 1-0 victory in game two on Saturday. Sunday mornings match had championship rights on the line as two undefeated teams faced off, the 2005 Premier team facing a familiar Illinois rival, the Campton United 2005 USYS Red team. The first half opened with gusting winds in Campton’s favor, but Team Chicago fended off several early attacks and gained momentum by utilizing quick passing while maximizing the width of the field to effectively snuff out the wind advantage. The second half opened with a surge from the 2005 Premier team who wisely placed several through balls behind Campton’s defensive line along with beautiful far post cross onto a running one-touch finish. Campton then responded with a charge, but Team Chicago’s defensive line was prepared and effectively shut down their attack regaining the momentum. Team Chicago then dominated possession creating several set play opportunities that led to a perfectly placed corner kick resulting in a physical battle in the box to take a 2-0 lead. The remainder of the second half saw an energetic Team Chicago team that smiled and sailed onto victory. Coach Greg Frederick commented on the weekend by stating “This was a complete and efficient display of quality soccer! The team played with passion, patience and urgency coupled with incredible teamwork! Each player contributed by adding meaningful minutes in every game which resulted in us reaching our goals! I’m so proud of the teams performance and their display of camaraderie!”

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Team Chicago Academy-2001 Premier standout Emily Villasenor has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her athletic and academic careers at Lewis University. Emily, who plays her prep soccer at Glenbard South High School for Head Coach Kevin Berner, will be a part of Lewis Head Coach Chris Koenig’s 2020 recruiting class.

The Flyers are a member of the NCAA DII and compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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Team Chicago Academy-2003 Elite standout Brooke Miller recently represented Illinois and Region II with class at the National ODP Camp in Tampa, FL. Brooke was chosen as one of the top-20 2004 ODP players nationally after the Inter-Regional event in Boca Raton in November.

At the National ODP Camp the 20 2004 players were coached by Sue Ryan from Region I and Kirk Nelson from Region II and played three games against a DA team, an ECNL team, and finally against the 2003 National ODP team. Brooke’s team won all three games as she played center-back. In the third game against the 2003 National ODP team Brooke entered the game with her team down 2-0 and she helped stage a 3-goal come back to win the game 3-2 including a PK goal by Brooke.

Congrats on a great event Brooke.

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Team Chicago Club Bulletin!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Feb 3, 2020 10:14AM PST

Attached is the first Team Chicago Club Bulletin. Inside you will find information on programming, important dates, and other useful and important information. Look for a new bulletin each month!

You will be able to find this in the Documents section of TeamPages as well as attached to this message.

Dave Lovercheck
Technical Director
Team Chicago

The document Team_Chicago_Newsletter__Edition_1__Volume_1.docx was attached to this post.

Team Chicago Spring Break Camps!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at Jan 31, 2020 10:57AM PST
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Team Chicago is hosting two spring break camps in 2020. Both camps are being run by Technical Director Dave Lovercheck and Girls Director Phil Nielsen and will be held March 30-April 2, Monday-Thursday in the WAA Sports Center. Camps are open to boys and girls regardless of club affiliation. Details are below.

2020 Team Chicago Spring Break Camp

Dates: Monday March 30 to Thursday, April 2.
Times: 9:00AM to 11:00AM
Location: WAA Sports Center, 2323 Liberty St, Aurora, IL 60504
Cost $100
Equipment Needed: Soccer Ball, indoor shoes, dressed to play soccer.

This camp is open to all travel soccer players and will be organized and run by Team Chicago Directors Dave Lovercheck and Phil Nielsen. Make sure your player is prepared for the spring season and improve their skills and performance. Technical and tactical themes will be emphasized in a fun and challenging environment. Players will be grouped according to age and ability.

Register here: https://www.waasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=735358

2020 Team Chicago Elite Development Camp – Spring Break

Dates: March 30 – April 2 (Monday to Thursday)
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Location: WAA Sports Center, 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502
Cost: $125/player
Equipment Needed: Soccer Ball, indoor shoes, dressed to play soccer.

The Team Chicago Elite Development Camp is an intensive four-day camp designed to help prepare players for the spring season. Team Chicago Directors Dave Lovercheck and Phil Nielsen will challenge players tactically, technically, physically, and mentally.
Space in this camp is limited. Interested players must go through an application process and qualified players will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. This camp is for players looking for serious instruction in a serious environment. Open to players from any club.

This camp Features:
Tactical training, and technical application (the difference between technique and skill)
-Functional/positional training

- Advanced Skills, Techniques

Register here: https://www.waasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=735360