News and Announcements


Three Team Chicago teams emerged victorious from the NSR Gold Cup tournament in Naperville, IL over Labor Day weekend. And Team Chicago Academy-Brasilia (U14 Girls) and Team Chicago-Roma (U9 Boys) were runners-up at the event.

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo won the U19 Girls division after winning all 4 of its games, which included a very impressive performance in a 2-1 victory over the Eclipse ECNL team. In the Final Botafogo defeated NSA 2-0.

Team Chicago Academy-Cruzeiro won all of its 5 games enroute to securing the U13 Girls division title. This included two identical 3-1 victories over the runners-up from Brookfield, WI.

Team Chicago-Corinthians won all 4 of its games to win the U10 Boys title. In the Final they defeated Aurora Flames 2-1.


Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo goalkeeper Megan Geldernick has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her career at Big Ten powerhouse the Ohio State University. Megan, who plays her prep soccer at Metea Valley H.S., will be part of Head Coach Lori Walker’s 2013 recruiting class.

The Buckeyes were a 2010 NCAA Division I Final Four participant. They suffered a close 1-0 defeat to eventual national champions Notre Dame in the semi-final.

Dani Pitaro Commits to DePaul University!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Aug 21, 2012 11:34AM PDT ( 2 Comments )

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo midfielder Dani Pitaro has accepted a scholarship offer to continue her soccer career at DePaul University. Pitaro, who plays her prep soccer for Glenbard South H.S., will be part of DePaul Head Coach Erin Chastain’s 2013 recruiting class.

DePaul is a member of the Big East Conference along with national powerhouses like Notre Dame and Marquette University.


Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo just received news that they had won the Fair Play Award at the US Youth Soccer National Championships in Rock Hill, SC.

“The Fair Play Award is selected by referees, state representatives and the US Youth Soccer National Championship Committee. The award-winning teams are recognized for displaying positive conduct on the field toward their opponents and game officials throughout the competition”.

Last Day in Denmark!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Aug 8, 2012 1:59PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Today we woke up to a very rainy morning as we got ready for our last full day in Denmark. After an early breakfast, we took a bus to the train station to get to Kronborg Castle, better known as Hamlet’s Castle. When we arrived we were blown away by the beauty and intricate architecture of the castle, and spent our time walking around the dungeons, ballrooms, and balconies of the historic landmark.

Upon exiting the castle, we were happy to observe that the rain had stopped, and the clouds had cleared up just in time for our second round of shopping. We took the train again towards Copenhagen, and on the way were able to take a bus through Phil’s old hometown. Phil shared stories about his childhood as we drove past his grandmother’s house, which was in a very nice neighborhood.

When we arrived in Copenhagen, the team split off into groups again to have a quick lunch and finish off souvenir shopping. After a few hours, we got back on the train to go home for dinner with the Danish girls. We met in a cafe and exchanged goodbyes and thanked them for their great hospitality. Then, we headed home and packed our suitcases in preparation for tomorrow’s long flight.



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