News and Announcements


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.

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


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)

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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.