News and Announcements
Congratulations to Team Chicago-Atletico for winning the top flight of the boys U11 division in the TCSA Classic Cup. With 4 straight wins, Atletico outscored its opponents 23 to 6 to take home the trophy in decisive fashion.
With 6 new players on the roster since the spring, Atletico demonstrated remarkable team chemistry in their first match play together while overcoming early deficits in 3 of the games including the final. The team received positive contributions from each member with stout defense, solid goaltending, strong shooting, and signature Team Chicago ball skills that led to eventual control of each game.
Please join us in congratulating Atletico on this accomplishment and wishing them good luck as they enter an extremely challenging division in fall league play.
Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro is hosting a car wash this Saturday (9/12) at the BP gas station on North Eola Road. Please, come out to make a donation and get your car washed by our team.
The U16 Cruzeiro girls are raising funds for the team trip to compete in the Brøndby Cup in Denmark next August.
WHEN: THIS Saturday (9/12) 9am-3pm
WHERE: BP gas station, 1207 N. Eola Rd at the intersection of Eola & Indian Trail. Next to Dunkin’ Donuts.
Last month Team Chicago Academy-Palmeiras traveled to Muscatine, IA for one of the largest showcases in the Midwest. Palmeiras started off against the nationally respected Des Moines Menace and began the scoring with a full-volley bomb from Josh Kolzow in the upper-90 a few minutes in. It was a special goal to start the showcase for Palmeiras. TC went on to beat the Menace 3-1.
In game two against against Midstate United, Palmeiras earned a 3-0 win. Palmeiras enjoyed most of the possession and commanded the game. It was a great win as the game got chippy but our boys remained in control to show their skill.
Game three presented a large task on Sunday that put Palmeiras deadlocked 0-0 at the half against FC Fusion (IA). Depleted by injuries Palmeiras entered the second half with eleven to finish the game in a heat warning. The start of the second half began a barrage of goals starting right away with a 35 yard bomb from Emerson Beinhauer. Palmeiras scored another four goals in the second half for a convincing 5-0 victory and a perfect 3-0-0 record for the weekend.
Other goals were scored on the weekend by Calum Nettleton, Manuel Magana, Dominic Duffy, and Antonio Magno. In addition, the Palmeiras defense only allowed one goal in 270 minutes of play. The defense was anchored by Spencer Wiese, Jack Olmstead, Connor Lang, and Brady Moody in goal.
We wish the Palmeiras boys all the best as they enter their respective high school seasons.
Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia midfielder Maddy Lambert has accepted a great scholarship to continue her soccer career at Kent State University. Maddy, who plays her prep soccer at Oswego East H.S., will be part of Kent State Head Coach Rob Marinaro’s 2017 recruiting class.
Maddy will be joining her sister Miranda and Kristen Brots as Team Chicago alumnae in the Golden Flashes program.
The 2014-15 was a very successful year for Team Chicago both on and off the field. The girls program is among the top-4 in the State of Illinois and with a realistic chance of become a top-2 program within the next 3-4 years. The boys program has now stabilized and with teams through the U17 age group is only one age group away from having a full complement of age groups. Several of our boys teams are competitive within the state and region, and this will be the platform from which to pursue a path to becoming one of the top non-Development Academy clubs in Illinois.
With the addition of Herb Schuler and Dave Lovercheck as U10-18 directors, as well as the renovated indoor facility, we are poised for continued competitive improvements over the next five years.
Here are some competitive highlights from the past year:
U17 Girls Brasilia: Finished 2nd in the MRL Premier I Division last Fall and won the prestigious Disney College Showcase last Winter. Going into Junior year they have 8 players committed with athletic scholarships at Villanova, Illinois, DePaul, Purdue (2), Ball State, Kent State, and Grand Valley State. For the upcoming season the team has earned a spot in National League (the top league under the USYSA).
U17 Boys Palmeiras: Finished tied for 3rd in the MRL Premier II Division in the Spring and competed well both in State Cup and the State Premiership division.
U16 Girls Cruzeiro: Finished 2nd in the MRL Premier I Division, runners-up in State Cup, Semi-finalist at Regionals, and 5th in National League. 1 player has committed to Penn State.
U15 Girls Bahia: Finished 3rd in the MRL Premier I division and as runners-up in State Cup after losing an 11-10 penalty kick shootout in the final. .
U14 Girls Santos: Won the MRL First Division and won promotion to MRL Premier II Division for the Fall.
U13 Girls Vitoria: Was crowned State Cup Champion.
ODP and National Team:
In September 2014 Kerry Abello traveled with the U17 National Team to South Korea for two weeks. She was also called into camps in November 2014 and January, April, and August 2015.
In November 2014 Kerry Abello, Alyssa Bombacino, Jamie Goralski, and Bailee Witt represented Region II at the prestigious Boca Raton ODP Inter-regional event.
In January Mia Marconi represented Region II at the National ODP Training Camp in Florida.
This July at the conclusion of the Region II Camp in Rockford, Kerry Abello, Sarah Avery, Sarah Griffith, Alyssa Bombacino, Jamie Goralski, Riley O’Brien, Bailee Witt, Paige Miller, Natalie Massa, Mia Marconi, Katelyn Nardulli, and Tara Tesmond were all selected as Regional Pool players making them eligible to be selected for the 2015-16 ODP Inter-regional events.
2015-16 promises to be an exciting year on all fronts for Team Chicago, its teams, and its players.