Chicago Soccer

Spring Season Starts.... outdoors!

Spring soccer season has arrived and all teams who have training today will be outside! 

Please check the schedule here for times and locations.


Team Evanston Helps out at ETHS Girls Varsity Game

The ETHS girls varsity soccer team hosted Loyola Academy on Monday March 30th and upheld their record of having not been defeated nor scored upon at home since May 17, 2013 (686 days and counting).  A squad of U9-U14 Team Evanston girls volunteered to be ballgirls. Here is a picture of the school saluting them at halftime:

Ball girls are honored at halftime
Coach Grillo and the varsity team appreciate the support of all of you!
The team needs ball girls for all remaining home games: Tuesday April 21st, Tuesday April 28th, Tuesday May 12th, Tuesday May 26th, Wed May 27th, and Friday May 29th.  If you are interested in helping out, email John Cleave (john@cleave.org). We will send out emails when we're closer to those dates.
Team Evanston Night with the Chicago Red Stars

Join us for a Red Stars game on May 2nd.  Complete details in the flyer below.


19 High School Girls Players Make Varsity

Team Evanston would like to congratulate the following players for making it on their school's Varsity Soccer team. Way to go girls!

Last Name First Name School Grade TE Team
Baxevanakis Nikoletta Niles West Freshman U16 Premier
Berkley Alex ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Cleave Sheridan ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Dalton Caitlin ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Dzwierzynski Emma ETHS Sophomore U16 Premier
Edington Flower New Trier Junior U17 Premier
Favakeh Kira ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Gilbreth Madison Latin Junior U17 Premier
Hart Isabel ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Kenney Julia ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Kremin Katherine ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Mehicevic Emela Niles West Junior U17 Premier
Mertz Nora ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Point-Du-Jour K`tyah ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Schwartz Gabrielle Whitney Young Junior U17 Premier
Steadman Ashley St. Viator Junior U17 Premier
Takagishi Kaylee ETHS Junior U17 Premier
Tsonton Kelsey Northside Prep Freshman U16 Premier
Zukancic Linda Niles North Sophomore U16 Premier
Winter Newsletter is Hot Off the Presses

The Winter edition of the Team Evanston Near Post Gazette (the new name for Team Evanston's newsletter) is now available. It features coaches' memories and thoughts about the past season, as well as Club news moving forward.

Click here to access it.

Vanessa DiBernardo Visits Team Evanston

We would like to thank Vanessa DiBernardo and the Chicago Red Stars for an awesome player appearance at our U08-U10 girls practice. Vanessa was on hand to sign autographs, answer questions, give away tickets, and she even participated in some practice games. Check out some of the pictures from Vanessa's appearance. Thank you Vanessa and Chicago Red Stars! Follow the link for more photos.

Fall 2014 Season Highlights

Celebration!Through the past Fall 2014 outdoor game season, Team Evanston's teams all competed with determination, many times against top-quality opponents. While often not reflected in their overall won-loss record, teams and players showed improvement, with many teams having notable achievements worth celebrating. Among the highlights:

  • The U8 Boys Orange team won their division with a 10-0-0 record
  • The U8 Girls Orange team went undefeated in their last seven games
  • The U9 Boys Blue team won the Libertyville Octoberfest tournament, dominating in the final game with a 3-9 victory
  • The U11 Girls White team was only one point shy of advancing to the finals in the Libertyville Octoberfest tournament
  • The U11 Boys White team finished second in their division with an 8-2-0 record. The team went 2-1 in the Octoberfest tournament, losing the final game in a penalty kick shootout
  • The U11 Boys Blue team finished second place in the top division with a 6-2-2 record, and went undefeated in the Octoberfest tournament
  • The U12 Girls Orange team won the Octoberfest tournament with a dramatic victory in overtime of the championship game
  • The U12 Boys Blue team scored an amazing 54 goals during the fall season, an average of over 5 goals/game
  • The U13 Boys Premier team won their division at the Halloween Classic tournament in Fishers, Indiana
  • The U14 Boys Select team was a semi-finalist in the Octoberfest tournament
  • The U16 Girls Premier team finished second in their division
  • The U17 Girls Premier team won the Midwest Regional League, which brought them a write-up on the IYSA site. They also advanced to the semi-finals of the State Cup for the second year in a row.

To all Team Evanston teams, the club applauds your commitment. The ultimate value of soccer is not your won-loss record, but what you learn while striving to improve, and that showed on the pitch this Fall. We can't wait to see your work pay off during the upcoming Winter and Spring seasons. Keep up the good work!


USWNT Watch Party Recap

Thank you to all parents and players who attended the USWNT watch party on Sunday, February 2nd. We had over 50 attendees and although the US lost to a good France team, plenty of us enjoyed the pizza, root beer, and hanging out. Be sure to follow the USWNT as they prepare for the 2015 World Cup - the remainder of their game schedule can be found here. Finally, a big thank you to Temperance Beer and Chicago Soccer for helping make this event happen.


Parent Information Night Covers Soccer Curriculum, ACL Prevention

Team Evanston hosted the first of a series of Parent Information Nights at the Levy Center on Wednesday, October 29th. Issac began by outlining some recent club successes, then laid outthe club's approach to training structure and curriculum, by age group:

Age Objective Approach Formation
Academy Instill a love of soccer and have fun Engage players in fun games and offer individual attention none
U8-U10 Improve technical skills, try different positions, have fun, provide equal playing time Focus on individual, helping players overcome fear of making mistakes and gain confidence in 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 situations 3-1-2 as a building block to 11v11
U11-U12 Position specialization, playing time is earned Focus on team and tactical aspects of the game in small group (3v2, 5v3, and 8v8) situations 3-3-2 as a building block to 11v11
U13-U14 Establish positions, playing time is earned Focus on team, offer training in attacking methods and defending as a group in 6v6 and 9v9 situations Varies depending on team composition, opponent's strengths/weaknesses
U15-U18 Established positions, prepare players for college showcases Meet team and individual needs to prepare for competition ibid

Issac also discussed the club's approach to tournaments. It registers all teams in the same Labor Day and Memorial Day tournament to make it easier on families who have more than one child playing Team Evanston and on coaches, who often coach multiple teams. The club encourages all teams to participate in additional tournaments as well, to gain game experience and to tighten team cohesion and bonding.

Dr. Chabad discusses ACL injuries

Dr. Eric Chehab and Cory Leman, both of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, were on hand to discuss ACL injury risks and prevention. ACL injuries require a lengthy and painful rehab and can impair sports participation for the rest of a young athlete's life, so Team Evanston is committed to doing whatever it can to prevent their occurrence. The injury typically occurs when players pivot and generally do not involve contact with other players, and girls are much more susceptible. Prevention includes both conditioning to strengthen the muscles around the knee and training on foot planting, balance, leg flex, and avoiding high-risk situations. Team Evanston coaches have been taught how to conduct this conditioning, and the Club is conferring with experts on additional steps it can take to prevent ACL injuries. Thank you Eric and Cory for taking the time to teach us.

The next parent information meeting will cover concussions.


Teams Don't Mouse Around at Disney

Disney Soccer ShowcaseESPN/Disney in Orlando Florida hosts a tournament over New Years for elite clubs across the United States, called the Disney Soccer Showcase. Teams must be invited to participate, and each year it attracts hundreds of university soccer coaches to scout players.

This year, Team Evanston sent three teams to the Showcase: the U17 Premier girls team, the U17 Premier boys team, and the U18 Premier boys team. All three played against some of the top competition in the nation.

The U17 girls team won one and lost two, playing teams from Pennsylvania, New York, and Tennessee. Over 40 university scouts were on hand to see the girls play. The U17 boys team played in the Championship level and also went 1-2, competing against top-100 nationally-ranked teams from Georgia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The U18 boys team tied all three games; in their last game, they were up 1-0 against the #16 ranked team in the country before giving up the tying goal in extra time.

Congratulations to all three teams for earning a chance to play in the tournament.

Boys U13 Premier Take Title in Windy Indy

The Boys U13 Premier team won their division at the Indy Premier Halloween Classic tournament over the weekend of October 25-26, going unbeaten against elite teams from around the Midwest. They played their first game against Team Chicago Rangers in very breezy conditions, taking an early lead that was matched in the second half for a 1-1 tie. They won their second game in a very physical match-up, falling behind 2-1 before a penalty kick and a shot off the crossbar late in the second half gave them a 3-2 victory. After winning their third game on a forfeit by the Indiana Fire Juniors for having players from another roster (the reason our Club is so vigilant about rosters), the boys went into the championship game against Lexington Red from Kentucky. Strong defensive play from Team Evanston kept Kentucky scoreless and they brought home the hardware with a 2-0 victory. Well played, gentlemen!

Boys U13 Premier - Champions!

ETHS Freshman A Boys Soccer team wins Central Suburban League’s South Division

Team Evanston congratulates the ETHS Freshman A Boys Soccer team, who won the Central Suburban League’s South Division outright with an overall record of 15 wins, 3 losses, 4 ties.  17 of the 20 boys on the roster are current or former Team Evanston players.  The team was coached by Harold Bailey.  Congratulations on a wonderful freshman campaign, boys! 

First row (left-to-right): Jordi Amaral, Nathan Pollack, Johnny Trujillo, Gavin Rosengarten, Isaac Diop, Carlo DiBernardo, Aidan Tobin, Edgar Torres
Second row (left-to-right): Coach Harold Bailey, Alex Coronel, Jack Caldwell, Elan Shohet-Zabin, Tyler Tomasello, Will Lucas, Jacob Friedman, Miguel Jimenez, Niko Kapetan, Sam Bogan, Nicolas Henriquez, Teddy Dove (not pictured Colin Thompson)

ETHS Sophomores are Central Surburban League Champions

Team Evanston congratulates the ETHS sophomore boys soccer team, who won the Central Suburban League Division with a 12-3-2 record, including a big win over rival New Trier. 17 of the kids on the team are present or past Team Evanston players, and team coach Mark Layne also coached for Team Evanston.

ETHS 2014-15 Sophomore soccer team
First row: Emilio Gonzalez, Joey Chafetz, Tyler Roback, Victor Mendoza, Taj Carter, Josh Klier, Carlos Martinez. Second row: Coach Mark Layne, Noah Schuneman, Sam Blustein, Benjamin James, Andrew Brown, Jackson Rogers, Danny Managlia, Adrian Zdremtan. Third row: Peter Osterland, Ben Girard, Dylan TerMolen, Santi Corona, Wes Harrell, Henry Maltezos.
Team Evanston Shows Spirit in St. Louis

Three Team Evanston girls teams journeyed to St. Louis on Halloween to participate in the St. Louis Scott Gallagher tournament, which brings together some of the top talent in the Midwest.

The Girls U11 Orange team finished as first runner-up in a division containing 14 teams. It was their first out-of-town tournament. Trailing 2-4 in their first game, the girls fought back to score two more and tie the game 4-4. They won their next two games to advance to the semi-finals. There, they battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime, and clinched the game with a PK. They then lost in the final. Coach Issac is very proud of the girls' performance, including their endurance, playing five games in 2 days.

U11 team celebrates PK score
U11 team celebrates after winning penalty kick

The U14 Premier team went 2-0-1, but did not advance due to the tie breaker. The U13 Premier team finished 0-2-1 with a come-from-behind indirect kick to tie their last game. Way to go, girls!

U14 Girls having fun
U14 team celebrates Halloween in style
U17 Girls Premier Advances to State Cup Semi-Final

U17 team (picture taken Spring 2014)The U17 Girls Premier team, currently ranked 6th in Illinois and 21st in the 14-state IYSA Region 2, has advanced to the semi-finals of the Illinois State Cup, taking on the Oak Brook Inferno on Saturday, October 18th. The winner will play in the State Cup Final on Sunday against the winner of the NSA Lasers/Eclipse Elite game.

This is the team’s second visit to the State Cup semi-finals in as many years, having lost to the eventual winner of the State and Regional Cups last year. The Illinois State Cup competition brings together elite teams in the area, with the winner advancing to a Regional and then National Cup. This Fall, the U17 Premier Girls team went 3-0 in the "pool play" round, beating Chicago Fire Juniors West 7-2, #4 ranked Inter Homer Glen 2-0, and Campton United 2-0.

The U17 Girls Premier team has also gone undefeated in Midwest Regional League play this Fall and currently sits atop the bracket, and has been accepted into two highly competitive, prestigious college showcase tournaments, CASL in North Carolina and the Disney Showcase.

The U17 Girls Premier team - with players from 6 different high schools, and 12 of them playing for ETHS - is coached by Branko Savic and consists of Alex Berkley, Emma Carey, Kamari Chisholm, Sheridan Cleave, Caitlin Dalton, Julia Donati, Flower Edington, Kira Favakeh, Madison Gilbreth, Isabel Hart, Julia Kenney, Kate Kremin, Emela Mehicevic, Nora Mertz, K'Tyah Point-Du-Jour, Gabrielle Schwartz, Ashley Steadman, Kaylee Takagishi, and Meghan Ter Molen.

2014-2015 Academy Information

Register Online! 

Our Academy program introduces 5-6 year old players to the basic skills of soccer in a fun and exciting environment. The program consists of two sessions per week: eight weeks in the fall and eight weeks in the spring. The first session of each week on Mondays will focus on fundamental skill-building, while the second session on Wednesdays will focus on game-play. It is Team Evanston’s belief that the game is the best teacher and our players must be put in that environment weekly.

As part of the registration fee, all Academy players will receive two Team Evanston t-shirts, one pair of socks, one pair of shorts, and a soccer ball on the first day of practice. Players should always bring a bottle of water.


Team Evanston Academy – Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Details
  • Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm at Bent Park
  • Sep 8th - Oct 29th and Spring April 13th - May 20th
  • Cost: $480 (price includes Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)
  • Eligibility: players who are entering 1st grade in August 2014. Note: we also accept players who are younger based on their ability/experience.
  • Click Here To Register 
Facility Drop-Off and Pick-Up

The apartment building next to our indoor facility has lodged complaints with the city that Team Evanston cars are blocking residents’ access to their parking spaces. When dropping off and picking up your child, you must enter Greenwood from Dodge and line up on Greenwood heading west, so the line of cars runs east of the facility and are all headed in the same direction. You may not double-park anywhere west of the facility.  Please do not enter Greenwood from the west (Hartrey), enter it only from Dodge.

This is mandated by the city – no exceptions!  

Spirit Wear

 We are proud to announce that our club will now have Spirit Wear for parents, family members and Team Evanston supporters. Spirit Wear will allow for you to support your son/daughter on the sidelines in Team Evanston attire. Please check out our web page to see all the options, colors and different designs that are available for purchase. 

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