News and Announcements
Team Chicago adds Steve Berry to its Staff!
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.
Volunteer Help Needed for Tryouts
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: http://vols.pt/1axgWb
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!
Team Chicago is pleased to announce 3 weeks of summer camps for travel players this summer. The dates for the camps are:
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: www.teamchicagosoccer.org and click on ‘camps’.
For more information contact Dave Lovercheck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Chicago Tryouts!
Team Chicago Soccer Club is the elite club soccer program for the Wheatland Athletic Association with professionally licensed coaches and trainers. Team Chicago is composed of boys and girls elite travel teams from U7 (2010) through U19 (1998). Our teams play in the Young Sportsmen Soccer League (YSSL) and in the Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL), the USYSA Midwest Regional League (MRL), and the USYSA National League. Team Chicago teams and players have had significant success at the state, regional, and national level.
Team Chicago’s philosophy is to help develop technically and tactically gifted players who play attractive possession-oriented soccer and who are prepared to succeed at the Regional and National team level, as well as the high school and college level. We are focusing on doing so by providing a “boutique” feel for a smaller number of more elite teams than our competitors in the area. This allows us to provide far greater attention to the players especially as it comes to feedback (on-line and in person)to aid their development, and extensive and personalized support during the college search-process.
Each year Team Chicago has players joining some of the most coveted collegiate soccer program across the United States. Since 2013 we have placed 89 players into college programs. 78 on scholarships in Division I, II, and NAIA and 11 into prestigious Division III programs.
We also have a long history of developing Youth National Team players. Over the past 15 years we have had 20 boys and girls called up for National Team duty.
The Team Chicago coaching staff is second-to-none in the Chicagoland area. It includes 4 A-Licensed coaches, 2 B-licensed coaches, 2 C-licensed coaches, and another 3 coaches who will complete their C-licenses this summer. Our staff also includes 4 current or former college coaches and 7 coaches with extensive experience as Director of Coaching at other elite youth soccer clubs around the country.
Team Chicago has its own practice and game complex as one of the only youth soccer clubs in the Western suburbs, including 5+ acres of outdoor lighted fields and a newly renovated 30,000 sf indoor facility with a state-of-the-art sand-only infill turf field as well as a Futsal court.
Below are some of Team Chicago’s most recent headlines capturing our successes:
“U17 Brasilia Clinches 2015-16 National League Title”
“U12 Vitoria Claims 2015 IYSA State Cup Title”
“U19 Botafogo Runners-Up at 2014 USYSA National Championships”
“U19 Botafogo Claims Third Straight USYSA Region II Title”
“U14 Cruzeiro Claims 2014 IYSA State Cup Title”
“U14 Cruzeiro Claims 2014 MRL Premier I Title”
“U18 Botafogo Crowned 2013 USYSA National Champions”
Team Chicago is now accepting registrations for the 2016-2017 season tryouts. The tryouts start on May 7th (U16-19 Girls) and run through early June.
Please visit www.teamchicagosoccer.org for the complete tryout schedule and tryout registration.
Team Chicago Tryout Process!
Tryout season is upon us and with the change to birth-year registration we would like for all tryout participants to follow this process:
1) Please, pre-register at http://www.waasports.org/Default.aspx?tabid=315222
On-line pre-registration is even more important this year as we will have a new “tryout number” procedure in place with clear pre-assigned numbers on all the players. Pre-registration is also the only way we can send out immediate roster spot offers at the conclusion of the tryout session.
2) Every player should try out in their actual birth-year tryout group.
This is the only way we will be able to get a full picture of the true breadth and depth of the talent pool in that birth-year group. However, this does not mean that a player cannot be asked to play up. These are decisions that head coaches and directors will make based on the individual needs and abilities of players and teams.
3) Please, check out the Academy Overviews for U13-U19 teams at https://www.teampages.com/clubs/256/documents and the Program Overview for U7-U12 teams at https://www.teampages.com/clubs/1122/documents
The Academy and Program Overviews contain all the programming information as well as the pricing structure.