News and Announcements


Team Chicago Elite Development Camp
The Elite Development Camp is taking place the week of July 17 and space is limited. This camp is an intensive four day camp run by Team Chicago Technical Director Phil Nielsen and Girls Director Dave Lovercheck. See the attached flyer for all the details, and register before the camp is sold out!

The camp includes:
Tactical training
Technical application (the difference between technique and skill)
Functional/positional training
Video Analysis – individual and team
11v11 games each day
Growth Mindset training
College Search-Process training session
GK training
Athletic Trainer on-site
Zoom Reports Evaluation

Dates: July 17-20 (Rain Date July 21)
Time: 3-8pm
Location: Gentile Field, 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL 60502
Cost: $300/player
The camp application is available here:

Contact Dave Lovercheck with questions at:

Team Chicago Summer Camp
We had two great weeks of summer camp in June, and our third and final week is coming up next week. Don’t miss out on the last week of camp this summer!

July 10-13, 9am-noon

The camp is open to all travel soccer players born between 2002-2011.

Camp will take place at Gentile Field (2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL).

This camp will run Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon. The camp will be run by Team Chicago Girls Director Dave Lovercheck and the Team Chicago coaching staff. The price is $150.

To register go to: and click on ‘camps’.

For more information contact Dave Lovercheck at


Please, join us in congratulating our 10U-19U Girls’ Director of Coaching – Dave Lovercheck – on earning his United State Soccer Federation “A” License. This is the highest coaching license a coach can earn here in the U.S. outside of the professional game.

Dave attended three week-long course sessions at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL from February through May, and had his final assessment last week at Commissioners Park while working with his 18U-19U team.

Dave joins Matt Chura, Steve Berry, and Chris Brown on our Team Chicago coaching staff with the USSF “A” License.


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.


Over the later half of May’s weekends, Team Chicago-Recife U9 and a U10 hybrid of Team Chicag-Fluminense, Brasil Boys, and Corinthians traveled to Decatur to compete in the Midstate Cup as well as staying closer to home for the Oswego Soccer Classic. The boys did a fantastic job displaying their skills through inconsistent weather, roster and rule changes, and other challenges that tested the boys’ technical ability, teamwork, and positional versatility.

Each team’s championship final came down to the wire in one goal or overtime thrillers, and when all was said and done they each earned one runner’s up medal and Recife came away champions at Midstate. While playing against teams that already use full-time goalies and positional players, one beautifully telling stat projects the boys’ overall knowledge and ability. Through the two tournaments, Fluminense and Recife used 9 and 8 different players in goal and had 8 and 9 different goal scorers respectively.

Congratulations to the boys and Head Coach Jesse Salazar for a great Team Chicago showing.

On a sadder note we have to announce that Coach Jesse is leaving Team Chicago. Jesse has been an integral part of Team Chicago as well as WAA soccer and PlayUSA over the past decade. Having coached everything from the youngest boys to the oldest girls in Team Chicago as well as WAA Rec and taught speed and agility classes for WAA Jesse has been an institution within the organization.

We want to thank Jesse for all his tireless work and wish him all the best in his new gig at La Grange Celtics. Jesse will be joining another former Team Chicago legend – Andrew Taylor – who is the Assistant Director of Coaching for the Celtics.

Team Chicago Summer Camps!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at May 24, 2016 1:17PM PDT

Team Chicago Summer Camps are coming soon! There are three weeks of camp:

June 13-16

June 20-23

July 11-14

The camps are open to all travel soccer players born between 2001-2010.

Camps will take place at Gentile Field (2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL).

Each camp will run Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon. The camps will be run by Team Chicago Directors and the Team Chicago coaching staff. Each week of camp is $125.

To register go to: and click on ‘camps’.

For more information contact Dave Lovercheck at