News and Announcements
Team Chicago is pleased to announce we have been chosen to be one of the clubs taking part in the US Youth Soccer National League Midwest Conference Girls Club-vs-Club Division which will begin play in the fall 2020. One of only four Illinois clubs, and the only club in the Western Chicagoland Suburbs, our teams from U15-U19 will compete against other top clubs in the Midwest Region. Team Chicago Technical Director Dave Lovercheck feels the level of competition will greatly benefit Team Chicago’s players, stating:
“The newly formed MWC Girls Club-v-Club division ensures our top teams will compete against the top teams and clubs in the Midwest providing quality competition, high visibility in college recruiting as well as the continuing opportunity to qualify directly to US Youth Soccer Region II Regionals through league play. This is a positive step for the Region and for Team Chicago and we are very pleased to be taking part.”
The US Youth Soccer National League Press Release states:
FRISCO, Texas (June 3, 2020) — The USYS Midwest Conference, one of the 13 Conferences within the USYS National League, is excited to announce the girls clubs that will compete in the Fall 2020 Club vs. Club Divisions.
The standards-based Midwest Conference Club vs. Club Divisions will include 14 girls clubs for the Fall 2020 season, with the clubs split into two brackets within each age group. The Midwest Conference will hold Club vs. Club competition in the 15U through 19U Girls age groups, and the corresponding boys competition will take place in the Spring 2021 season.
Midwest Conference Girls Club vs. Club Division | Fall 2020 Brackets
Chicago Inter Soccer (IL)
Team Chicago (IL)
Lou Fusz Athletic (MO)
Sporting STL (MO)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (MO)
Midwest United FC (MI)
Sporting Omaha (NE)
Michigan Jaguars (MI)
FC United (IL)
Libertyville FC 1974 Elite (IL)
SC Wave (WI)
Madison 56ers (WI)
North Shore United (WI)
“The conference’s selection committee believes the quality is high enough to expand this program from the initial intent of eight clubs to 14 well-qualified clubs,” said Marc Frankland, League Manager for the Midwest Conference. “The added clubs will increase playing opportunities while helping to reduce travel, which is important in the current climate. We received very positive initial feedback during our shortened inaugural Club vs. Club Division competition earlier this spring, and we’re looking forward to providing a great playing format for more clubs this fall.”
Teams in each bracket of the Club vs. Club Divisions will play within their own groups (no crossover matches) to determine the final standings. To determine who advances to the annual USYS Midwest Regional Championships, a playoff will take place at the end of the season. The highest placed teams from each bracket — that have not already qualified for Regionals by winning their State Cup — will meet to determine the age group’s Club vs. Club Division representative at Regionals.
The Midwest Regional Championship qualifier from the Club vs. Club Divisions will join the conference’s team-based Premier I Division qualifiers at Regionals. Each of the National League’s 13 Conferences, including the Midwest Conference, provide a pathway for their top teams to advance to their respective Regional Championships. Conference teams also have access to the new National League Showcase Series, which provides teams with a chance to play cross-conference matches in a national setting with increased exposure to college, professional and national team scouts.
Click here for more information on the Midwest Conference or visit the National League homepage for access to all conferences and information on the National League Showcase Series.
To All Wheatland Ducks, Spikes and Team Chicago Participants and Families;
Wheatland Athletic Association’s mission statement states its goal as providing “a SAFE and positive environment for kids to learn and play.” With this guidance and in light of these extraordinary times, the Board of Directors held a special meeting to assess our summer and fall programs especially the upcoming summer activities and schedules of Team Chicago, Wheatland Ducks and Spikes.
The Board realizes that its decisions require balancing member interests and their safety with inconsistent local, state and national restrictions and orders constantly in flux. The Board pledges to continue to meet, monitor all updates from the State of Illinois and the CDC, and revise its decisions accordingly.
Currently, WAA’s plan to return to team activities and play will follow the precipes of Restore Illinois’ Phased-in Plan set forth by Governor Pritzker. Below is a general guide of the phases that WAA is required to follow, subject to updates by the State of Illinois. Individual sports should adapt their activities to these Phases.
Phase 2: This is the current Phase. Non-essential gatherings are prohibited. It appears that we will be in this Phase through May 29, 2020.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – No WAA events are allowed. This includes travel and out of state tournaments.
Phase 3: Outdoor recreation activities in groups of 10 or fewer are permitted, with social distancing.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Limited Practices with no contact.
· How – Groups of 10 or less in designated field areas with specified pick up and drop off areas.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields
· What – Practice and training only. Only activities that maintain participant social distancing.
· Travel – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. WAA does not condone out of state or out of region team travel , games, or other activities that does not comply with Phase 3 guidance. *
· Other – Face masks will most likely be required. Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19. Only participants and designated coaches are allowed. Parents will need to drop off and if staying, will have to stay in cars, parked in designated areas.
Phase 4: All outdoor recreation allowed. Gatherings of 50 people or fewer will be allowed.
What does this mean for WAA participants? – Practices and Games will be allowed if 50 or fewer people.
· How – Groups of 50 or less for practices and games.
· Where – WAA outdoor facilities or available rental fields. WAA indoor facilities may be open with capacity limits.
· What – Practice and games for participants. Spectators will be limited if allowed.
· Travel and tournaments – Travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel out of state or out of region for tournaments, games, or other activities must comply with Phase 4 guidance. *
· Other – Participants and coaches should practice all recommended CDC recommendations for hygiene and stay home if you or someone you live with has been exposed to Covid-19.
Phase 5: All Activities Allowed
What does this mean for WAA participants? – We will celebrate!
*Travel – All team travel should follow IDPH and CDC approved guidance. Team travel for tournaments, games, or other activities outside of Illinois or the Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region will require pre-approval by WAA upon a showing of special circumstance. The Restore Illinois Northeast Health Region includes the following Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry and Will. The Board is currently considering objective criteria to be utilized in its approval process.
Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Ava Hensley has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her academic and athletic career at Eastern Illinois University. Ava, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Jim Winslow at St. Francis High School, will be a member of Eastern Illinois Head Coach Jake Plant’s 2020 class.
The Panthers compete in the Ohio Valley Conference and are a member of the NCAA Division I.
Team Chicago Academy-2002 Elite standout Alexa Orozco has accepted a great scholarship offer to continue her academic and athletic careers at Bellarmine University. Alexa, who plays her prep soccer for Head Coach Kristy Kane at Aurora Central Catholic High School, will be part of Bellarmine Head Coach Chris Tinius’ 2021 recruiting class.
The Knights are transitioning to the NCAA Division I level in the 2020-21 season as they become members of the Atlantic Sun Conference for the 2020-21.
Team Chicago is proud to celebrate the 18 players who have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level in the fall of 2020. Team Chicago Technical Director Dave Lovercheck and Girls Director Phil Nielsen, along with Team Chicago Academy-2001 Premier Head Coach Ed Leon, honored the following players in front of family, friends and the Team Chicago community. on Thursday, February 27, 2020:
Hannah Bradley-Leon, Illinois State University, DI
Haley Lewis, Grand Valley State University, DII
Nikki Coryell, Valpariaso University, DI
Payton Strausberger, Valpairaiso University, DI
Audrey Stephens, Indiana State University, DI
Kaitlynn Delveaux, Seattle University, DI
Abby Dellamorte, University of Illinois, Springfield, DII
Phoebe Hillery, University of Wisconsin Parkside, DII
Grace Setter, University of Illinois Chicago, DI
Giselle Najevas, Northern Illinois, DI
Mollie Valek, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, DII
Madison Frazer, Northern Illinois University, DI
Paige MacRitchie, Nova Southeastern University, DII
Abby Showalter, The College of Wooster, DIII
Sophia Granato, St. Ambrose, NAIA
Madison Grandys, University of Illinois, Springfield, DII
Paige Munar, Ball State University, DI
Emily Villasenor, Lewis University, DII
We are so proud of all of our seniors and can’t wait to watch you all perform at the next level. Great players and more importantly all great people!
To see more photos please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/116841106480/posts/10156802717616481/?d=n