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.

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

Pilot Yoga Program To Be Held At Indoor Facility

Team Evanston, in collaboration with Heaven Meets Earth Yoga, is offering a “Youth Intro to Yoga” class.  We will be piloting a 4 week Youth Intro to Yoga class to be held in the Team Evanston indoor facility.  Our intention, after the pilot, is to gain feedback from attendees and instructors with the hope of providing a permanent youth and parent offering as well as more schedule options in January 2015.  The enrollment in the initial pilot session will be limited to 40 participants.  Please note the details below:

Program:  Introduction to Yoga - Youth

Location:  Team Evanston Indoor Facility - 2025 W. Dempster St.

Session Dates and Time:  4 week session every Sunday:  October 19th, October 26th, November 2nd, November 9th  -  10:00am- 11:00am

Session Cost:  $60.00/4 week session

Registration Process:  This a pilot program with limited enrollment of 40 participants.  Registration will be handled by Rich Hollingsworth, Team Evanston Administrator. 

The first 40 participants to indicate interest by paying the session fee will be confirmed for the pilot.  Please indicate your interest directly to Rich Hollingsworth at 847-748-1452 or via email at info@teamevanston.org.  We will create a wait-list for interested participants that are not confirmed for the initial pilot.

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 Evanstonís 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 gotsoccer.com. 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!!