News and Announcements


Team Chicago is excited to announce that Greg Frederick will be joining its staff. Greg comes from Bolingbrook Raiders Soccer Club where he has been a very successful coach for the past four years. His coaching experience also includes stints at Naperville Central H.S., Illinois Math and Science Academy, and Marcus H.S. in Flower Mound, TX.

Greg played NCAA Division II soccer at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL just outside St. Louis where he earned a bachelor degree in Business Management. Outside of coaching soccer, Greg owns his own company – The Pickle Guy Inc. – which is headquartered in Lisle, IL.

Team Chicago is excited to announce its scheduled 2016-17 coaching assignments:

1998 Boys Mike Skupien (Elite)

1998 Girls Dave Lovercheck (Elite)

1999 Boys Mike Skupien (Elite)

1999 Girls Dave Lovercheck (Elite) and Greg Frederick (99/00 Frederick)

2000 Boys Steve Berry (Elite)

2000 Girls Phil Nielsen (Elite) and Joe Moreau (00/01 Premier)

2001 Boys Steve Berry (Elite)

2001 Girls Phil Nielsen (Elite)

2002 Girls Phil Nielsen (Elite) and Ben Tatham (Premier)

2003 Boys Mike Skupien (Elite)

2003 Girls Matt Chura (Elite) and Ben Tatham (Premier)

2004 Boys Mike Skupien (Elite)

2004 Girls Dave Lovercheck (Elite) and Anny Bierman (Premier)

2005 Boys Steve Berry (Elite) and ? (Premier)

2005 Girls Dave Lovercheck (Elite), Magno Barreto (Premier), and Greg Frederick (Select)

2006 Boys Magno Barreto (Age Group head coach)

2006 Girls Dave Lovercheck (Elite) and Sue Soderberg (Premier)

2007 Boys Magno Barreto (Age Group head coach)

2007 Girls Ricky Del Toro (Elite) and John Rizzo (Premier)

2008 Boys Brian Bierman (Age Group head coach)

2008 Girls Brian Bierman (Age Group head coach)

2009-10 Boys Brian Bierman (Age Group head coach)

2009-10 Girls Brian Bierman (Age Group head coach)


Team Chicago is pleased to welcome Steve Berry to our coaching staff for the 2016-2017 season. Steve brings a tremendous amount of experience, knowledge and education about the youth game, having served as a top-level coach for over 25 years.

Steve holds a United States Soccer Association A license and his hiring is another step in Team Chicago’s continued effort to provide our members with the best and most highly-educated coaches.

Steve is scheduled to be the head coach of our U11 (2006) boys, U16 (2001) boys, and U17 (2000) boys.

Steve is currently at P.E. teacher at Plainfield North H.S. and the boys varsity head coach.

Steve began his soccer playing career in Quincy, Illinois, where he was a two-time All-State selection, two-time All-Midwest selection and a honorable mention All-American.

After high school, Steve accepted a full-ride soccer scholarship at Division I, Quincy University. He played one year at Quincy before transferring to ISU where he finished his collegiate playing career,

After graduating with a degree in Athletic Training, Steve took a job with St. Ambrose University as Men’s Assistant Soccer Coach. While serving in this role for three years, Steve also worked for the Iowa State Soccer Association as a head coach and trainer in the Olympic Development Program. Also at St. Ambrose, Steve earned a second Bachelor degree in Education (with an emphasis in physical education and health education) and Psychology.

Steve next took a job as a Physical Education and Health instructor at Lincoln Community High School as well as head boys and girls soccer coach.

After serving in this role for four years, Steve took a job as Head Men’s and Women’s soccer coach at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he was named Conference Coach of the Year in his first year. While in this job, Steve started the CIS Soccer Club in Bloomington, Illinois where he then worked for six years as Director of Coaching and Player Development. During his tenure there, Steve won a IYSA state championship and finished as Region II runners-up.

Steve then took his career to the Chicagoland area where he became a staff coach and Assistant Director for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club. After two successful years there, Steve accepted the role of Assistant Director for the Chicago Fire Juniors and again won a state cup – beating Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo 2-1 in the U15 final.

Steve has served on the IYSA staff as a head coach and trainer for the Olympic Development Program and their Coaching Education Program for the past fifteen years. Steve has also served on the Region II staff as a coach for the past ten years, both on the boys and girls side.

Steve has been working camps for the past 25 years in different capacity.

Steve has his USSF ‘A’ Coaching License, his NSCAA ‘Advanced National’ Diploma and his Dutch (KNVB) ‘Youth’ Certificate.*

Currently, Steve and his family, wife Lee Anne, Julien, Morgan, and Madelynn reside in Aurora.

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Volunteer Help Needed for Tryouts

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at May 3, 2016 3:44PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

We still need a lot of help for tryouts.
2 hour shifts
Sunday, May 8 – 4 spots available
Saturday,May 21 – 12 spots available
Sunday,May 22, – 20 spots available
Monday, May 23 – 8 spots available
Tuesday, May 24 – 8 spots available
Tuesday, May 31 – 10 spots available
Wednesday, June 1 – 6 spots available

Here’s how to volunteer in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Team Chicago Summer Camps!

Posted by Team Chicago Academy at May 2, 2016 9:07AM PDT

Team Chicago is pleased to announce 3 weeks of summer camps for travel players this summer. The dates for the camps are:

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 Dave Lovercheck and Herb Schuler and the Team Chicago coaching staff. Each camp is $125.

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

For more information contact Dave Lovercheck at