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Team Chicago 2015-16 Tryouts!
2015-2016 TEAM CHICAGO TRYOUTS
U18 GIRLS (VASCO) Saturday 5/2 5-6:30pm
U17 GIRLS (BRASILIA) Saturday 5/2 6:30-8pm
U16 GIRLS (CRUZEIRO) Saturday 5/2 6:30-8pm
U15 GIRLS (BAHIA & PONTE PRETA) Saturday 5/2 5-6:30pm
U14 GIRLS (SANTOS) Tuesday 5/26 7:30-9pm
U14 BOYS (RANGERS) Tuesday 5/26 7:30-9pm
U13 GIRLS (VITORIA & RIO) Tuesday 5/26 7:30-9pm
U13 BOYS (CORINTHIANS) Tuesday 5/26 6-7:30pm
U12 GIRLS (CYCLONES & HUSKIES) Tuesday 5/26 6-7:30pm
U12 BOYS (ROMA & SAO PAULO) Tuesday 5/26 7:30-9pm
U11 GIRLS (ARSENAL & CHELSEA) Tuesday 5/26 4:30-6pm
U11 BOYS (LIGHTNING/PORTUGUESA/FLAMENGO) Tuesday 5/26 6-7:30pm
U10 GIRLS (AMARELINHA) Tuesday 5/26 4:30-6pm
U10 BOYS (FLUMINENSE & BRASIL BOYS) Tuesday 5/26 6-7:30pm
U9 GIRLS (SANTA CRUZ) Tuesday 5/26 6-7:30pm
U9 BOYS (RECIFE & CORITIBA) Tuesday 5/26 4:30-6pm
U7 & U8 GIRLS Wednesday 5/27 4:30-6pm
U7 & U8 BOYS (ATLETICO) Wednesday 5/27 4:30-6pm
U17 BOYS (PALMEIRAS) Tuesday 6/2 7-8:30pm
U16 BOYS (GREMIO) Tuesday 6/2 7-8:30pm
U15 BOYS (OLIMPICO) Tuesday 6/2 7-8:30pm
All tryouts will be hosted at Gentile Fields, 2323 Liberty Street, Aurora, IL.
The listed tryout dates are the primary tryout dates. All interested players should make every effort to attend the primary tryout. However, if you have a conflict with the primary tryout date and/or time, please contact the Team Chicago office at (630) 978-8244 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information about supplemental tryouts.
Please, pre-register at the following link http://www.teamchicagosoccer.org/tc_tryouts.htm
Emily Dickens Commits to Case Western!
Team Chicago Academy-Internacional defender Emily Dickens has committed to Case Western Reserve University. Emily, who plays her prep soccer for Julie Bergstrom at Waubonsie Valley H.S., will be part of Case Western Head Coach Tiffany Crooks’ 2015 recruiting class.
Case Western is located in Cleveland, OH, and is one of the top academic institutions in the country. The Spartans are part of the NCAA Division III University Athletic Association (UAA) conference which includes other topnotch academic institutions such as University of Chicago, Washington University, New York University, and Emory University. Emily is joining former Team Chicago Academy-Santos defender Madi Harris at Case Western.
Team Chicago Parents Set to Open Oswego Futsal!
The parents of two Team Chicago Academy players – Alexa Quaranta from Vitoria and Jessica Keeley from Rio – are set to open Oswego Futsal at 1509 Mitchell Drive in Oswego off Rt. 30 just South of Ogden.
Oswego Futsal is a brand new indoor futsal facility with 2 United States Futsal Federation-approved SnapSport courts. The facility will also offer both individual & small-group training and a Crossfit studio.
Oswego Futsal opens officially in mid-April, but with a soft opening over the next few weeks. Team Chicago Academy-Vitoria were the first to use the facility for its practice on Monday night.
For any information about the facility, please call 630-947-5764
Palmeiras Goes 1-1 in MRL Weekend!
Team Chicago Academy-Palmeiras opened its U16 MRL Premier II season in Milwaukee with games against Bavarians SC and SC Waukesha last weekend. Palmeiras left the weekend going 1-1.
In the first game against Bavarians SC, Palmeiras jumped out to great start. Manuel Magana ran onto a perfect through-ball and struck it into the side-netting. The team went into half time with a 1-0 lead. The next two goals came off set-pieces for Bavarians putting Palmeiras down 2-1. With about ten minutes left Bavarians added a third goal against the run of play. However, Palmeiras pulled a goal back when Manuel Magana went on a breakaway and dribbled the GK to place the ball in an empty next. Unfortunately, Palmeiras could not find an equalizer against the Wisconsin State Cup finalists.
The second match of the weekend against SC Waukesha proved to be another battle. Palmeiras got off to a poor start and went down 1-0 in the first five minutes of the game, which was also the score at the half. The boys came out with renewed purpose in the second half and created many chances, but unfortunately could not convert. As it looked like Palmeiras was headed for a second straight defeat, Victor Cuevas first-timed the ball into the side-netting for the equalizer with 10 minutes to go. And with the clock running down Palmeiras earned a corner kick which Spencer Wiese met at the back post. He headed the ball back across the box where Manuel Magana put in the game-winner for the well-deserved win.
After the weekend Palmeiras is 4-1-0 to open its Spring season. Next up for Palmeiras is the IYSA State Premiership opener against CL Force on April 11th.
Bahia Wins IFJ Turf Classic!
Team Chicago Academy-Bahia won the U14 Premier Division at the Indiana Fire Juniors Turf Classic this past weekend in Westfield, IN. The team went 4-0-0 on the weekend with a goal difference of 20 for and 0 against. This marks the second straight tournament that Bahia went undefeated and did not concede a goal.
On Saturday morning Bahia defeated Canton Celtics (MI) 1-0 on Emma Crosswait’s goal from Natalie Massa and Mia Marconi after a great build-up. Saturday afternoon Bahia soundly defeated a composite Indiana ODP team made up of U12-14 players. The final score was 8-0.
In Sunday’s semi-final Bahia defeated WAZA (MI) 3-0 to set up a championship encounter with Kalamazoo TKO Crew (MI). TKO Crew had beaten MRL Premier I Division team and State Cup semi-finalist Libertyville FC 1974 1-0 in group play, so Bahia expected a tough battle. However, Bahia played its strongest game yet and easily beat TKO Crew 8-0 after a very impressive performance.
Up next for Bahia is a return to the Indianapolis area for two MRL Premier I Division games against FC Pride and Celtics on April 11th and 12th.
Team Chicago Academy-Santos also participated in the IFJ Turf Classic and finished 3rd in the U13 Premier Division after three strong performances. In its opening game Santos defeated GTFC Impact (Ohio North) 3-0.
In its second game Santos faced a tough SLSG Pre-ECNL team and went down 3-0 at the half after a couple of good early chances went begging. But it was a much improved Santos team that emerged for the second half, and in a strong display got back into the game with two unanswered goals to make the scored 3-2. Unfortunately, Santos was unable to find the equalizer, but the girls showed great spirit and heart to turn things around in the second half.
In the final game on Sunday Santos lost 1-0 to FC Pride (IN) in a very close game. A little better finishing and Santos could have gotten the win.
Next up for Santos is its MRL First Division opener versus Waukesha (WI) on Saturday, April 11th at 1pm at Nike Park.
Team Chicago Academy-Vitoria was the third TC team that participated in the IFJ Turf Classic. Vitoria finished as runners-up in the U12 Premier Division. On Saturday morning Vitoria tied SLSG (IL) 1-1 on Lizzie Albert’s goal after dominating both play and chances throughout the game. On Saturday night Vitoria defeated perennial powerhouse Libertyville FC 1974 2-0 on goals by Hannah Miller and Lizzie Albert.
The Sunday scheduled included two games against Chicago Fire Juniors South. In the opening game CFJS ran out to an early 1-0 lead, but Vitoria came right back and Kat Lemke tied the game. Over the course of the game Vitoria was the better team, but a couple of missed opportunities meant that both teams settled for a draw and an rematch in the final. In the final Vitoria had two 100% chances in the opening few minutes, but could not convert on them, and instead CFJS scored two quick goals to secure the win.
Overall it was a great weekend for Vitoria with four solid performances against three very competitive opponents in preparation for State Cup and MRL qualification play this Spring. Up first will be a State Cup game against Chicago Alliance on Sunday, April 19th.