News and Announcements
There was a Team Chicago reunion in the NWSL last weekend as Leah Fortune’s Orlando Pride hosted Vanessa DiBernado and Casey Short’s Chicago Red Stars. The Red Stars came away with a 1-0 win.
Team Chicago Soccer Club is excited to announce a partnership with Fit For 90 that will give parents, coaches, and players of the oldest Elite teams access to sports science content and resources to help prevent injuries and increase performance.
With over 70% of injuries resulting from preventable non-contact, overuse, or growth-related issues player health and safety is a major focus of this partnership.
The youth partnership gives the club access to the following resources:
• Coaching Education: Coaches will get access to attend coaching education webinars at no cost and will receive discounts on Fit For 90 courses and certifications.
• Newsletter access: All parents within a club will get access to educational content and resources geared towards youth soccer parents via the Fit For 90 email newsletter.
• Team Monitoring Discount: Clubs participating in the content partnership will get a significant reduction in the cost of the Fit For 90 team monitoring platform
Fit For 90s team monitoring platform is used by the US Women’s National Team, NWSL, MLS teams and thousands of college & youth athletes, to significantly reduce injuries by alerting coaches & staff to athletes at highest risk for injury.
“We are looking forward to working with Team Chicago Soccer Club” said Dr. John Cone, CEO and co-founder of Fit For 90. “The partnership truly shows their dedication to player performance and injury prevention and we are excited about the opportunity to have an impact in Chicago”
“Team Chicago is very excited to enter into a partnership with Fit For 90. In this initial phase our oldest Elite teams will participate, but our goal is to roll it out to our entire Academy program in 2017” Phil H. Nielsen, Technical Director, Team Chicago Soccer Club.
This partnership will give parents access to content from leading experts on topics such as performance, injury prevention, nutrition, recovery and provide valuable coaching education opportunities for the club staff. Learn more about Fit For 90
We are extremely excited to announce that effective August 1, 2016 Mike Skupien will be the new Boys Director of Coaching for Team Chicago Soccer Club. Mike has had a very successful career on the boys’ side at several local clubs. He is joining us from Chicago Fire Juniors where he just led his U17 boys to the Regional final and a successful run in both National League and MRL Premier I play – the highest level of competition outside of the USSF Development Academy.
Mike holds a “B” license from the United States Soccer Federation as well as a Premier license from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Mike will be pursuing his “A” license once he gets up to speed here at Team Chicago.
Mike is a Chicagoland native who graduated from Lyons Township H.S. and was a standout player at Carthage College and then Aurora University, where he also served as an assistant coach to the men’s team. He served as the Director of East Boys & Girls for Eclipse Soccer Club for three years and as a staff coach for the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park as well as the South and West locations for five years. He also served as the Head Boys Varsity Coach at Plainfield North H.S.
Please, join us in welcoming Mike to the Team Chicago family. He will be charged with growing and improving the boys’ program, and is scheduled to serve as the head coach of the 1999-98 Elite, 2003 Elite, and 2004 Elite teams for the upcoming season. Over the month of July Mike will be holding some training/supplemental tryout sessions for the 1998-2003 boys, so he can familiarize himself with his players.
Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Tamara Hernandez is the latest in a long list of Team Chicago players who have received National Team call-ups. Tamara is currently spending 9 days in Mexico City with the Mexico U15 National Team.
Team Chicago is excited to announce that Merit Stloukal has been hired as the new Director of Goalkeeping. Merit will oversee all aspects of Team Chicago goalkeeping from U8 through U19 on both the boys’ and girls’ side. She will also also work closely with Technical Director Phil Nielsen, Girls Director Dave Lovercheck, and the new Boys Director (to be announced shortly) on curriculum development for the Team Chicago goalkeepers.
Merit, who is joining us from Campton United, is one of the top goalkeeping coaches in Chicagoland. She has been coaching in the area since 1998 at local clubs including Strikers Fox Valley, TCSA, and Kaneland United. She also spent two years as the goalkeeper coach at Northern Illinois University. Currently, Merit is serving as an Assistant Coach for Julie Bergstrom at Waubonsie Valley High School and as member of the IYSA ODP Goalkeeping staff. Her successes include working with Northern Illinois University standout goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock, who broke NIU and MAC goalkeeping records under her tutelage, and St. Charles North All-State goalkeeper Erin Kane an All-American at UW-Milwaukee, who later played professionally with St. Louis Athletica with US National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Stloukal (Elzey) is an Illinois All-State and Parade Magazine All-American from St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Illinois. She led the St. Charles powerhouse to two state championship titles and one third place finish. A four-year starter and scholarship goalkeeper at Indiana University, Merit earned All-Big Ten, Regional, and All- Big Ten Academics honors, and led the team as Big Ten Champions to IU’s first NCAA tournament. Merit was voted team MVP all four years and team captain. She was also the goalkeeper for the 1997 Chicago Cobras National Champion Runners-Up team and a member of the 2000 Chicago Cobra National Championship team. As a youth player, Merit was a member of Olympic Development Program Regional Team and the National Team pool with invitations to play internationally. After her collegiate career, Merit received offers to play in Denmark.
Merit holds the USSF National D License and NSCAA Level 1 and 2 Goalkeeping Diplomas. She resides in Sugar Grove with her husband – Byron – and three kids. Please, joins us in welcoming Merit to the Team Chicago family.