Good Sportsmanship Weekend - Part II

Team Evanston Parents,

The leagues our players participate in are extending last weekend's Good Sportsmanship Weekend to this weekend as well.  Please heed their request to be quiet and respectful toward Referees, and refrain from sideline coaching and commentary toward players on either team.


"Sports rage" is on the rise in soccer, where parents criticize referees and players, focusing their attention on goal scoring and winning instead of on more important aspects such as skill development, fun, teamwork, and player self-esteem. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but we all need to be aware of it, and we need to stop it. Our leagues currently have a shortage of referees because many are tired of the abuse they're receiving from fans on the sidelines.

In response to this, the YSSL and IWSL are promoting Good Sportsmanship Weekend this weekend, October 29-30. Click here to read about it.

Our club fully embraces the sentiment and would like all our parents to exemplify what it means. Please don’t complain about refereeing, comment on a player’s performance, or shout instructions such as “Shoot!” or "Pass the ball!" Instead, offer encouragement to the players when either team does well, stay calm, and quietly enjoy watching the beautiful game. Your behavior sets a tone: if you remain positive, players will have fun, relax, be good sports, and learn, which is really what youth sports are all about.

Thank you.



Libertyville Tournament

This past weekend, Team Evanston was represented by 20 teams in the Libertyville Octoberfest soccer tournament.  Coaches were impressed by the players' spirit and level of play during the beautiful fall weather.  The Boys 11 White team qualified for the semi-finalsand the Boys U10 Orange team brought home a nice trophy for winning their flight - congratulations!

Boys U10 Orange - Flight Champs!


Team Evanston Night at Northwestern

Several hundred players and family members took part in Team Evanston night at Northwestern University, with practices on NU's lakefront followed by food and a chance to watch the men's soccer team take on UIC. It was a beautiful night along the lakefront, and everyone seemed to have a great time.We won much goodwill with the university and their soccer program by having so many Team Evanston players show support for their local Big Ten team.

Thank you to everyone that came out and made the event such a success. We hope such events become part of our tradition.


TE Night at ETHS

ETHSTonight (Tuesday) is Team Evanston Night at ETHS, and players and their families are welcome to join in the fun. All teams with regularly-scheduled Tuesday practices will practice at ETHS from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, then players are encouraged to enjoy some dinner and cheer on the Wildkits at 7 pm. Please drop your player off on the north side of Chuch Street, coaches will be on hand to direct them to the appropriate field. Parking is available in the ETHS parking lots or on the streets south of Lazier if you wish to join the festivities.If your child doesn't have practice on Tuesdays, please bring them out dressed in their Team Evanston garb around 6 pm.

ETHS boosters will be on hand to serve food, including pizza, with proceeds going to the ETHS soccer program. Food can be purchased starting around 5:45 pm.

Players will form a line for the seniors around 6:30 pm. The game begins at 7:00 pm. Players will all be asked to come out to midfield at halftime to be recognized.

The boys varsity team is currently 7-1-2 and poised to go deep into the playoffs. 16 of the players are current or former players for our club, including 10 seniors.

Go Kits!

Fun for All at Ice Cream Social & Coach Game

Following Academy and travel team training sessions on Wednesday, many players (and siblings) enjoyed an ice cream cup from Hartigan's Ice Cream Shoppe and an entertaining soccer game played by Team Evanston and Eleven United coaches.  Stormy weather held off for the back-and-forth game, which featured some tricky footwork, spectacular saves, and lots of scoring and celebrations.  The orange-clad Team Evanston coaches tied the game with just seconds remaining, sending everyone home with a smile!

Fun With Friends at Team Evanston Training

Recent training sessions at James Park have hosted Northwestern varsity soccer players and friends of our Academy through U10 players.  Check out the pictures below to see the fun being had by all!

Trio of TE Teams Tackle St. Louis Tourney

Three teams represented Team Evanston very well last weekend at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Spring Classic tournament.  The Girls U12 Orange team played hard and with all their heart each game in the top flight, despite having few subs; the Boys U11 Orange team were finalists and lost a close championship game 5-4; and the Boys U10 Orange team were Champions in their flight, dominating the final by a 5-1 score.  Congratulations to all three teams on a weekend of great soccer!

Girls U12 Orange

Boys U11 Orange - Finalists

Boys U10 Orange - Champions

USSF Youth Soccer Mandate

** UPDATED **      As many of you have heard, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has mandated several changes to youth soccer that all sanctioned youth soccer clubs must implement by the 2017-2018 season, noting that it’s best practice for clubs to implement the changes for the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

On Thursday March 24th, our club will host a meeting at the indoor facility regarding the changes that the USSF has mandated.  Please consider joining us out on the field for a presentation and discussion surrounding the mandates.  Team Evanston Director of Coaching Branko Savic will lead the TE meeting from 7:00-8:00 p.m. and Eleven United DOCs Rob Mitchell and Maurizio Grillo will discuss the different ways that the mandates affect 11U players from 8:00-9:00 p.m.  If you have players in both programs we encourage you to attend both for age-specific information.

Please plan to park north of the facility along Greenwood St., and use the rear entrance, or in the Evanston Plaza and use the front entrance.  Parking in front at 2025 Dempster will be very, very limited. 

You can use this link for a map of the area with parking options.  

For a quick view of the age group changes, click here.

You may click here to gain an initial overview of the changes that USSF is mandating.  The site page includes a detailed FAQ document, the age group (birth year) chart, and a video overview from USSF, detailing all of the upcoming changes.  


Team Evanston Invites John O'Sullivan to Evanston

We have invited renowned speaker John O'Sullivan to explain how we can enhance kid's experience with organized sport. Sports can have a positive impact on kids, but O'Sullivan points out it it often falls short: 70% of children drop out of organized athletics by age 13.

John O'Sullivan
Changing the Game: Helping Your Athletes Develop Excellence in Sports and Life
Tuesday, April 12th, 7:30pm
Evanston Township High School (ETHS)
Upstairs Theater
Free of Charge

O'Sullivan will be discussing ways we can help our athletes stay in the game, perform to their potential, take ownership of the experience, and most importantly, enjoy participation, all of which will positively impact the rest of their life.  He will be sharing the latest science and psychology on performance and athletic development to enable us to create a great environment for our players, coaches, and families.

O'Sullivan is the author of Changing the Game: The Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy, High Performing Athletes, and Giving Youth Sports Back to our Kids.  He has nearly three decades of playing and coaching experience in youth, high school, college and professional soccer.  John speaks to parents and coaches around the country about the issues facing today's children, and helps organizations create collaborative environments that help young athletes perform to their potential.

A noted TEDx speaker, O'Sullivan's talk is available online at and more information is available at


Team Evanston Alums Produce Video on Youth Sports

Kira Favakeh and Alex Berkley, who have both been with the organization for 10 years, produced a documentary on youth sports as part of their Senior Leadership class at ETHS that includes interviews with current and former Team Evanston players.


Team Evanston Rushes to Title

Congratuations to Team Evanston's Boys U09 Orange team for their undefeated weekend at the Wisconsin Rush Spring Classic soccer tournament this past weekend.  The team played some great soccer in defeating each of their opponents.  Well done boys!

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 ( We will send out emails when we're closer to those dates.
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.

U17 Girls Display in College Showcase

Chicago International Showcase 2015The U17 Girls team (soon to become the Eleven United Girls U18 team), in their final competition under the Team Evanston banner, competed in the Chicago International College Showcase in July. The girls, currently ranked 4th in Illinois and 17th in the Midwest region, tied the Bolingbrook Raiders 1-1 in their first game, then won the next two, 3-0 over JB Marine from Missouri and 1-0 over Oak Brook, who is currently #2 in the state and 13th regionally. Their performance will likely move them higher in the standings this Fall.

Many college coaches were on hand to see the girls compete.


Team Evanston Finishes Fantastic Fall

Team Evanston's teams had a good fall season, with teams and players showing good progress throughout league and tournament play.  Final standings in the IWSL and YSSL showed two division champions and five runners-up while three other teams finished tied for second.  Director of Coaching Branko Savic


Girls U11 Orange - Division Champions

Boys U11 Orange - Division Champions

Boys U09 Orange - Runners-up

Boys 12 Blue - Runners-up


Team Evanston Propels ETHS to Victory

ETHS invited Team Evanston out to Lazier Field on Monday to cheer on the boys varsity soccer team in its game against New Trier, and Team Evanston did not disappoint, as hundreds of Team Evanston players and family members turned out to fuel the Wildkits to victory. You could feel the excitement from the beginning to the end. Here is the line the TE players formed before of the game:

Adam Masters had a season-high 10 saves to preserve the shut-out. When senior Erick Balthazar’s scored a goal in the 76th minute to rally the Wildkits to a 1-0 victory, the stands erupted in a sea of orange and blue. The ETHS players were so appreciative, they came over to the stands after the game to thank the fans for their support and share in their celebration.

The win pushed ETHS (10-1-2 overall) past Maine South in the division standings with a 3-1-1 record and 10 points to Maine South’s 8. The Kits can earn the conference title if South either loses to or ties Waukegan on Tuesday night.

Team Evanston Lights Up Libertyville

Team Evanston sent 18 teams to the Libertyville Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend of October 9-11, and all of the coaches reported that their teams played hard and performed well.  A couple of teams earned their first points of the season, several others posted winning records, four were finalists in their flights, and three teams went undefeated.  Director of Coaching Branko Savic is very proud all of all the teams who competed; especially the Girls U08 Orange, Girls U09 Blue, and Girls U09 White teams, who have worked very hard this fall to improve their play and scored their first win or tie this past weekend.  Awesome job by all of our teams, players, and coaches!

Check out the top performers below....


Boys U08 Blue - Undefeated Weekend!

Girls U09 Blue - Second Place in their Flight!

Boys U09 Blue - Second place in their flight!

Boys U09 White - Undefeated Weekend!

Boys U09 Orange - Undefeated Weekend!

Boys U10 Orange - Runners-Up in Flight

Girls U12 Orange - Runners-Up in Flight


Palatine Celtic Cup Success!

Over Labor Day weekend, several Team Evanston and Eleven United teams participated in the Celtic Cup tournament in Palatine, IL.  The teams played hard and had fun despite the heat, testing themselves against teams from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan.  Four teams from our club had outstanding weekends, highlighted below.  Congratuations to all participating teams, and good luck to all teams in the coming season!

Team Evanston Girls U09 Orange - Undefeated Weekend!

Team Evanston Boys U09 Orange - Undefeated Weekend!

Eleven United Girls U18 Premier - Tourney Champions in Top Flight!

Team Evanston Boys U11 Blue - Flight Finalists!

Fall Training Has Kicked Off!

Players and coaches have taken to the field at James Park this week to begin preparations for the Fall 2015 season.  A great mix of veteran coaches and new ones have their Team Evanston and Eleven United teams working hard and having fun during this first week of training.

Evanston Soccer Night with the Wildkits a Wild Hit

ETHS hosted Evanston soccer clubs on Tuesday May 12th, and over 300 Team Evanston players, families, and friends turned out to cheer on the ETHS girls varsity soccer team as they defeated Glenbrook North 2-0.

Team Evanston served pizza, veggies, and lemonade, raising $400 for the ETHS Booster Club.

Here is a shot of the kids being honored at midfield at halftime.

Team Evanston Night with the Chicago Red Stars

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


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.


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.

Team Evanston Girls U11 White in Tourney Championship

Team Evanston Girls U11 White participated in The Chicago Fire Soccer Club's tournament on President's Day.  They played three tough teams and then won their playoff game to advance to the tournament championship. The championship game was played on April 24 at Toyota Park, where Team Evanston played on the field immediately before the Chicago Fire game.  After holding firm for a 0-0 tie, TE fell to the opposing team in a tie-breaking shootout. The team had a great time and stayed to watch the Chicago Fire game together. 

                                Girls U11 White

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.

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!


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
Maurizio Grillo Appointed Director of Coaching for Girls U12-U18

Maurizio GrilloTeam Evanston is proud to welcome Maurizio Grillo, long time soccer coach and head of the ETHS women's soccer program, to the new role of Director of Coaching for Girls U12-U18 teams. This will bolster the leadership and development of this group and better support the needs of each team and player in every age group in both the boys' and girls' program. This leadership expansion allows Coach Issac to focus on continuing his current club-wide efforts and further enhancing the already-successful boys’ program. The move follows an emerging “best practice” among elite soccer clubs in the area to have a director of coaching focused on middle school and high school girls’ teams. Maurizio will be partnering with Jay Bulev, Girls Program Coordinator, to further enhance the support and training for each of our players. Team Evanston's Board of Directors, Coach Grillo, and Coach Moushi all look forward to collaborating in support of this new structure.

Coach Grillo was born and raised in Livorno, Italy where he began playing soccer at a very young age. His experience in soccer and business spans multiple continents and roles, as a successful player, coach, and entrepreneur. He has coached in multiple high school and club settings in Illinois and Michigan and brings a deep commitment to each of his teams and programs. Coach Grillo has a passion for soccer that drives him and his players to the highest level of success, and he is known for being a highly accessible and supportive coach to players and their families. The move is part of Team Evanston’s effort to build an environment supporting the continued development and success of each of our young athletes.

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.


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.
Teams Do Their Best at Octoberfest

U12 Girls Orange team wins title in overtime on last-minute goal!

October 12, 2014 - Libertyville, IL

Team Evanston's Ryann Lucas, knocked out of the game earlier, knocked in the tournament-winning goal with a minute remaining in the second overtime period after a free kick by Sophia Weglarz proved too hot to handle.  Ruby Rogers also scored from near midfield to close out the first half in the girls' 2-1 victory in the Libertyville Octoberfest GU12 championship game.

Over 30 Team Evanston teams competed in the Octoberfest Classic Tournament in Libertyville, IL this past weekend.  All of the teams fought hard and played well, and the Girls U12 Orange, Boys U09 Blue, and Boys U11 Blue teams were crowned tournament champions; with the BU09 Blue team winning every one of their games.  Team Evanston also had six other teams fall in their semi-final matches, four by a single goal each.

The Girls U12 Orange advanced to the final after two wins and a tie in group play, during which the team scored four goals and gave up just one. The championship was a highly competitive and physical match that saw four TE players helped off the field with injuries.  The game went to overtime after regulation ended 1-1.  Late in the second period of overtime, a direct kick taken by Team Evanston led to a rebound that was skillfully finished for a 2-1 victory.

The Boys U09 Blue won three group games and then the final through brave goalkeeping, solid defending, and team wide scoring. The championship game was very close with the boys coming from behind to win 4-3.

The Boys U11 Blue team won two games and tied one in group play to earn a place in the championship game against an old foe, CL Force U11 Premier.  Playing from their hearts, the boys came out blazing and scored a goal in the first five seconds of the match, then added two additional goals to secure a 3-0 victory.


U12 Girls Orange - Champions


U09 Boys Blue - Undefeated Weekend!


U11 Boys Blue - Champions

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.

ODP Fall Clinic Coming to Team Evanston's Indoor Facility

The Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) runs the Illinois Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the purpose of identifying players with potential and  developing them to represent their state, region, and the United States in soccer competition. Players are evaluated based on technique, tactics, fitness and athletic ability, and attitude. IYSA will be running one of its free ODP clinics for girls at Team Evanston’s facility on Tuesday October 21st. There are two sessions: Girls U11-12 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm and Girls U13-14 from 6:45 – 8:00 pm. They allow a maximum of 40 players in each session, first come first serve. The clinic is managed by the IYSA, and we have no part in sign-up or conducting it. Players from any club (not just Team Evanston) can attend. To sign up, click here, and check out the free clinics under Event News, on the left-hand side.  Accepted players will be excused from practice on Tuesday in order to attend the event.


Note that there are other clinics being held around the area as well. And, IYSA holds regular ODP sessions in the fall and winter in Northbrook and Schaumberg, open to all players (for a fee), beginning November 16th. See the IYSA website for more details and to sign up for these other sessions.

Fall Newsletter now on the Newsstands

The Fall 2014 edition of the Team Evanston newsletter is now available.  Click here to access it. It contains information on new appointments, drop-off procedures, results of our parent survey, and more.


Palatine Celtic Cup Success

Over Labor Day weekend a dozen Team Evanston teams aquitted themselves well against many top teams from the area and some from out of state in the annual Palatine Celtic Cup soccer tournament.  Congratulations to the U12 Orange and U13 Orange girls teams on their runner-up finishes and to the U9 Orange boys who won all of their games.  The U17 Girls Premier and U10 Boys Orange teams had strong showings, but fell in the semi-final round.

The U12 Orange girls' historically stingy defense once again rose to the challenge in the Green Division, allowing the team to win their bracket with a 2-0-1 record.  Playing a much higher-ranked team in the finals, the girls lost a tough game 2-0 but showed that they have made big strides following a 6-1 loss to the same team in the Spring.

The U13 Premier girls team took second place in the Celtic Cup White division, losing 3-0 to AC Milan from Detroit, a highly-skilled team that scored a total of 19 goals in the tournament.  The U13 team went 3-0 in bracket play, and won the semi-finals 1-0 versus FC Lake County.

The U17 Premier Girls team made it to the semi-finals in one of the most prestigious girls showcase tournaments in the Chicago area. Among 12 teams playing in the Green (top) division, 8 were ranked among the top 15 in Illinois.  The girls made it to the semi–final match before being knocked out of the tournament..

The U09 Orange boys team went undefeated in winning their division in the tournament.  High powered offense was on display as the boys defeated Lincolnshire Lightning (IL) 5-1, Chicago Kicks United (IL) 6-2, and Glenview Select (IL) 10-1 en route to first place.  Coach Branko Savic said simply, "Well done boys!!!"

The U10 Boys Orange team reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual tournament champion AC Milan Detroit Juniors 5-3. The Evanston team forced the semi-final game into overtime by tying the match 2-2  in the final minutes of regulation. Team Evanston scored 18 goals in bracket play, the most in the U10 division.


U12 Orange Girls - Runners-up


U13 Premier Girls - Runners-up


U09 Orange Boys - Undefeated weekend

Youth Soccer Night - Tuesday, October 14th at ETHS Lazier Field

Evanston Township High School is hosting a Youth Soccer Night this coming Tuesday, October 14th.  The ETHS Boys Varsity Soccer team, currently ranked #8 in state and seeded #1 in the upcoming IHSA Niles North Sectional, is playing its final regular season home game on Tuesday and would like to recognize the youth soccer programs in Evanston.  It should be a great evening of soccer and a fun evening for the players and families within our club. 

Below are the key details:

  • It is strongly encouraged that all Team Evanston players (Academy through High School) attend this event.
  • All training sessions are cancelled for Tuesday, October 14th
  • Game time is 7:00 p.m. at ETHS's Lazier Field
  • All Team Evanston players should wear their full Team Evanston warm-up suit (pants and jacket)
  • Players will run across the field during halftime with the Team Evanston coaching staff while our club is recognized over the PA system
    • Team Evanston players and coaches will meet at the gate just south of the visitor bleachers (behind the Evanston team bench)
Team Evanston
Coach Competition Kicks Off Calendar

Team Evanston families started off the season with some fun under a beautiful blue sky night watching Team Issac and Team Mauricio squaring up in the annual coaches game/ice cream social. The sidelines were packed with players of all ages enjoying ice cream while the coaches played a high scoring and exciting game. Team Issac took control of the game early by putting a well-driven ball into the corner of the net, after which jubilant fans rushed out onto the field to mob the coaches, something they did after every goal. Inspired by that, Team Issac netted two more before Team Mauricio woke up and began to challenge, determined to put itself into position to score. Though Team Mauricio’s skillful passing gave it multiple shots inside the box, Terence on Team Issac was able to stop everything that came his way, making diving saves and a couple tips over the net. Refusing to relent, Mauricio's team at last found the back of the net to make the game 4-1. Both teams then turned up the heat, with Team Issac scoring two more and Team Mauricio scoring three to bring the game to 6-4. In the closing minutes, Maddie on Team Issac had a wonderful volley in front of the goal that ended the game with Team Mauricio being defeated by a final score of 7-4. This is the third year in a row that Team Issac has taken home the coaches’ game championship.

We would like to thank all the players and parents who attend the game last night and cheered on the coaches during their match. We are extremely excited to begin the Fall 2014 season.

U14 Boys Premier Wins US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup

U14 Boys Premier hoisting their trophyThe Team Evanston U14 Premier Boys team won the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Greenville, SC on July 13th, beating Montgomery Arsenal (PA) in tie-breaking penalty kicks (PKs) to win the prestigious national tournament title. They advanced to the national stage by winning the US Youth Soccer Region II Presidents Cup on June 14th, going 3-0 against a Fort Wayne, IN team, 3-0 against a team from Louisville, KY, and 7-0 against one from Port Washington, WI. This took them to the finals, where they beat a team from Columbus, OH  2-0. During the Regional tournament, Team Evanston outscored its opponents 15-0 in their four games, with teammates Rudy Bieglmeier and Jonathan Meneses each scoring 4 goals and goalkeeper Simon Jillson and his defenders registering 4 straight shutouts.

The U14s then ventured to Greenville, SC, to play against the winners of the other three regions. They tied Montgomery Arsenal, from suburban Philadelphia, 0-0 in their first game: Team Evanston had several chances, but Arsenal's goalkeeper, voted top goalkeeper in the U14 division, turned each opportunity away. In their second game, Team Evanston went down 0-3 to a team from Laredo, TX, but made some tactical changes and started a comeback in the 47th minute, when Jonathan Chavez scored off a corner kick, followed by Deniz Gundogdu stealing the ball from Laredo Heat's goalkeeper and drilling it into the open net. The game-tying goal was delivered by Jonathan Meneses with less than 10 minutes to play. Team Evanston continued the pressure and had great chances to pull out the victory, but ultimately were turned away and the game resulted in a 3-3 tie. Team Evanston then beat a team from Oxnard California 1-0 to advance to the championship game, where they again played Arsenal. They remained tied through regular time and two 10-minute extra time periods, and amid intensifying heat, moved to penalty kicks (PKs) to decide the game winner and ultimately the national champion. Team Evanston's goalkeeper Simon Jillson, with his 6-foot 2-inch frame, intimidated the Arsenal players into forcing two misses (one wide and the other over the crossbar) and then stopped the fourth shooter. All three of Team Evanston’s shooters, Nathan Pollack, Deniz Gundogdu, and Jonathan Meneses buried  their shots to secure the victory, with Johnathan Meneses ultimately being voted MVP of the tournament by the opposing three teams’ coaches. "As a coach, I don't like it when the game is decided  by PKs," said Issac Moushi, coach of the U14 squad, "but I had confidence in all of my players. The players went wild when Simon stopped their fourth shooter to secure the win."

PK at end of championship game

"It's a great feeling to be national champions," said Moushi. "The players didn't know what to expect when they got here, but once the games began, they blocked the competition and played the game the way they were trained." While the run to the championship title unveiled individual talent, Moushi claimed it was an all-team effort. "I thought the entire defending line played very well," he said, "and Mateo Blair and Issac Diop were key players at controlling the midfield. Jonathan Meneses created many chances up front, including scoring the only goal in our third game to advance us into the championship game on Sunday."

Team Evanston’s Boys U14 Premier team consists of: Rudy Bieglmeier, Mateo Blair, Jonathan Chavez, Isaac Diop, Noah Dolan, Deniz Gundogdu, Simon Jillson, Niko Kapetan, Jonathan Meneses, Luis Molina, Nathan Pollack, Zach Rogers, Reed Schaefer, Colin Thompson, and Aidan Tobin.  Way to go!

New Team Evanston Logo


As we head into the 2014-2015 season, all current Team Evanston players will be required to purchase the Returning Player Uniform Package (two jerseys, pair of shorts, pair of socks), as the current Adidas uniform kit that Team Evanston has used for the past three years is no longer being manufactured.  The new uniform will have separate tailoring for girls and boys. Team Evanston has used this as an opportunity to modernize its logo, marrying the ball and banner of our previous logo with the now-standard soccer shield/crest. 

If you have last season's warm-up suit (jacket and pants), Chicago Soccer will replace the old logo with the new one.  If you do not have a warm-up suit from last year, you’ll need to purchase one for the 2014-2015 season.  Purchases can be made in-person at any Chicago Soccer store or by clicking here.

Kick-it! 2014 Scores Big

To everyone who attended or donated money to Team Evanston's Kick-It! 2014 fundraiser this past Saturday, we thank you for your support! You helped us celebrate the grand opening of our new indoor facility in styleWe had over 175 people in attendance and netted over $5,000, which will be used for improvements to the facility such as a pathway to the street from the rear of the facility and possibly a scoreboard. We also appreciate that Peter Braithwaite, City of Evanston's 2nd Ward Alderman and Joe McRae, Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Services/Deputy City Manager, were both on hand to celebrate with us Saturday night.
During the event, Team Evanston Board Members Lander Brown and Kathleen O'Connor were given appreciation awards for their many hours of hard work ensuring that the facility was operational and in top shape for us this spring. Terence Lord was presented with the first-annual Coach of the Year award for his years of dedication to Team Evanston and his outstanding coaching with our club.
Attendees enjoyed a delicious array of food from J&L Catering, washing it down with delectable craft beer from Temperance Beer Company and tasty gelato from Panino's. After the awards were presented, parents were treated to a blistering live performance by Chicken Bone, who got everyone tapping their feet or out to dance.  
We would like to thank Temperance, Panino's, and Chicken Bone for their generous donations. In addition, we would like to thank Gabe Brooks for the many, many hours of hard work she put into the event to make it a success and John Cleave, winner of the 50/50 raffle, who donated his winnings ($1,000) back to the club.
We plan to make this an annual event, so if you couldn’t make it, we hope to see you next year!
Team Evanston’s Indoor Facility Opens, Advantage Rule in Effect

Team Evanston’s indoor facility at 2025 Dempster passed inspection last week, and already the Club has had advantage applied: foul weather barred use of outdoor fields last week, so Team Evanston was able to continue play by bringing practice inside. The 30,000 square foot facility features five turf fields as well as office and meeting space for Issac, the coaches, and Club Administrators. Team Evanston will use the facility for practice during the winter months and whenever inclement weather prevents the kids from practicing outdoors. It will also be used for clinics and other specialized training.

Team Evanston will be hosting its annual fundraiser at the facility on Saturday, May 10th.

Work on the Team Evanston Indoor Facility has Begun!

Construction has begun on Team Evanston’s Indoor facility at 2025 Dempster Street, and workers are in full swing transforming it into a state-of-the-art soccer facility. Stay tuned for progress!


Fall 2013 - Ice Cream Social


Team Evanston would like to thank all the families and players who came out to watch and support the coaches as they competed on Wednesday at James Park. After a slight Ice Cream delay the two teams kicked off an exciting game full of technique, poise and skills. After the kick off the orange team got a quick goal by Branko to put them ahead 1-0. The victory was short lived however as Issac and his team counteracted that goal scoring two to take the lead. The game quickly turned into a game of finesse while shooting on net as both teams were placing their opportunities just out of the reach of both keepers. As the sun was setting at James Park and the ice cream was all but devoured the game began to favor the blue team as they got a ball down the right wing and it was crossed to the back post for Maruicio to put the finishing touch on it and placed the ball into the corner of the net and the blue team celebrated their victory. Issac and his team hold as the raining champs for another year defeating the orange team 6-5. We would like to thank everyone again for their support and we are looking forward to another great fall season.

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. 

Thank you Brandi


Team Evanston was honored to have former US Women's National Team player Brandi Chastain come to town and host her soccer academy with our club last week at ETHS. The girls spent the week playing in small groups and one-on-one with Brandi and her coaching staff, working to improve their individual skills. As the week progressed, the players' passion for the game was enhanced by Brandi's knowledge and overall enjoyment in teaching the young players the nuances of the game. Team Evanston will continue to provide these opportunities for our players, to help them advance their skills and increase their passion for the sport. On behalf of the players, I would like to thank you Brandi for all the hard work and the fun environment you created for all of us.


Issac Moushi

Team Evanston Director of Coaching 

Team Evanston Adds ETHS Varsity Coach to Staff

Team Evanston is proud to announce the addition of Maurizio Grillo, ETHS Girls Varsity Coach, to our coaching staff. Born in Italy, Grillo brings a lot of experience to our outstanding coaching lineup. "Bringing Maurizio to our club is just another step towards strengthening our club's relationship with Evanston Township High School. Our players and community will greatly benefit from this and we are absolutely thrilled to have Maurizio on board." said Issac Moushi, TE Director of Coaching. 

Jeff Richey Named MISL Player of the Week
Set MISL record with 45-save shutout against Syracuse

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

TAMPA, Fla. – The Major Indoor Soccer League announced today that Chicago Soul goalkeeper Jeff Richey has been named the league’s Player of the Week for the 10th week of the 2012-13 season. Richey set a MISL record with 45 saves on Friday night, recording the first shutout in the league since 2011 as the Soul defeated the Syracuse Silver Knights 11-0 at the Sears Centre Arena.

Richey broke the previous record in the league’s current era, held by Jamie Lieberman of the Norfolk SharX with 38 last season against Syracuse, as he kept the Soul in the game for much of the contest. Chicago held a 4-0 lead at the halftime break, with Richey having recorded 22 saves in the opening 30 minutes.

TE Night @ Northwestern Recap


"On behalf of Team Evanston, I'd like to thank the Team Evanston community (players, families, coaches) for attending and supporting the club's third annual ‘Team Evanston Night @ Northwestern’ on Friday, September 14. In addition to being a beautiful night along the lakefront, it was great to see the massive turnout that Team Evanston had in supporting this great event and Northwestern's soccer program."

Matt Tobin
Club President


Coaches Game/Ice Cream Social Recap

On September 5th, Team Evanston held its annual ice cream social and coach’s game. With the kids surrounding the field the coaches broke up into two evenly matched teams and began play. The game started off with a bang when the gray team took the ball down the field and took a great shot on goal, but the club's goalkeeper coach Jeff Richey made an outstanding save worthy of a Sportscenter highlight. The gray team continued dominating the game and soon took a 1-0 lead. However, the lead did not last long because the black team began pressuring and got a quick turnaround goal. Every goal that was scored was followed by a team/player wide celebration with a dog pile on the goal scoring coach. The game stayed back and forth until the last 30 minutes when the gray team started pulling away due to their supreme fitness conditioning and tactical organization. While the black team was trying to reorganize and find that much needed spark up front, the gray team stayed focused and passed the ball around in a way which would have made Pep Guardiola jealous. In the end, the gray team took home a 5-3 win over the black team. When reached for comment after the game, an unnamed member of the black team simply said, "It's all Dule's and Francisco's fault. I don't know why they put them on our team."

Thanks to all parents and players who came to watch the game. We are all looking forward to an exciting season!

Can you spot the soccer super star?


Team Evanston Director of Coaching Issac Moushi with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Team Evanston Coaches Get Ready For 2012-2013 Season

The Team Evanston coaching staff took part in a clinic focused on preparing them for the 2012-2013 soccer season. The staff was led by Team Evanston Director of Coaching Issac Moushi as the group went through season planning, a CPR certification course and technical and tactical field sessions. Check out some of the pictures below!


Aitor Karanka Camp Pics

U16 Boys Capture Club's First State Cup Title


On Sunday, May 20, 2012, Team Evanston Soccer Club took home its first state championship when its U16 Premier Boys squad defeated FCX South 3-0 in the finals of the Illinois Youth Soccer Association State Cup. Click the link for the full game report and more pictures.

U14 Boys Premier Team Volunteers at Local Soup Kitchen

Members of the U14 Boys Premier team gathered to put together 50 sack lunches for a local soup kitchen.  Those participating provided the needed parts of the lunches, and together the boys made sandwiches and bagged up lunches for the Beth Emet Soup kitchen, which serves over 100 people in need each Wednesday evening and sends them off with a sack lunch for the next day. It was a very rewarding experience for the boys!

Team Evanston Runs Community Soccer Clinic

Over the holiday school break, Team Evanston partnered with the Fleetwood Jourdain Center to run a free 4 day Introduction to Soccer clinic.  Director of Coaching Issac Moushi and several of his coaches acted as Camp Directors and led about dozen Team Evanston players (U14 Girls & High School Girls and Boys) who volunteered their time to be coaches. Not only was this a great community service project for our players and coaches, but the 35-45 children who attended the clinic each day really enjoyed learning about soccer and engaging with our Team Evanston players.  

At the end of the clinic, Team Evanston donated new soccer balls to the Fleetwood Jourdain Center so they could continue to provide soccer time to their regular after school program children. In addition, Team Evanston and Betsy Jenkins, Fleetwood Jourdain’s Director, have decided to continue to offer a one hour clinic every Friday afternoon during this winter. Coach Santiago Rubio Gilabert will lead this Friday clinic with help from Team Evanston player volunteer coaches.
U12 Boys Orange - Ranked #3 in the state and #5 in the Midwest

Congratulations to the U12 Boys Orange team for being ranked #3 in Illinois and #5 in the Midwest by The team recently won the St. Louis Scott Gallagher tournament by finishing undefeated and outscoring their opponents 14-0. In addition, the team is currently undefeated in NISL league play.

Team Evanston Player Travels To South Africa for the World Cup
Sebastien Nacher (U11 Boys Blue) recently traveled to South Africa to compete in the 2010 French School World Cup amongst 260 players from 26 different countries. After his team lost in the quarterfinals, Sebastien and the rest of the Lycee Francais Chicago team enjoyed action from the sidelines of the USA-Algeria game. Check out more pictures from Sebastien's trip after the jump....

U13 Boys Orange Help The Community

The Team Evanston U13 Orange boys are champs in their community volunteer efforts.  The boys conducted a canned food drive in association with Feed Someone Today, a newly formed social enterprise whose mission is to provide food assistance to those in need. In addition, they sorted, counted, and grouped foods for packaging.  In total, they collected approximately 150 pounds of food! Recipients of this good deed include a group of 160 for the McGaw YMCA Resident Healthy Eating Initiative. Congratulations TE U13 Orange boys!  Well done!!