From Soldier Field to SeatGeek Stadium, the history of the International Champions Cup in Illinois

One year after Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund faced off at Soldier Field, the International Champions Cup returns to Chicagoland this Tuesday, July 16. (La Media Inglesa) By Juan Pimiento   Bridgeview's SeatGeek Stadium, home of the Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars, is ready to host the first match of the 2019 International … Continue reading From Soldier Field to SeatGeek Stadium, the history of the International Champions Cup in Illinois

Rivals USMNT, Mexico meet again for Gold Cup glory at Soldier Field

The United States seek their seventh Gold Cup title as they face rivals Mexico at Soldier Field Sunday. (US Soccer) After three weeks and 54 games, the Gold Cup final that most fans and pundits wanted to see has finally arrived: Mexico versus the United States at Soldier Field in Chicago. The last time these … Continue reading Rivals USMNT, Mexico meet again for Gold Cup glory at Soldier Field

USWNT aim for a 4th World Cup title against the Netherlands

The United States seek back-to-back FIFA Women's World Cup titles for the first time against the Netherlands. (US Soccer) In the biggest tournament and in the biggest game you need your best players to step up when called upon. During their run to the final of the 2019 women’s World Cup, that’s exactly what the … Continue reading USWNT aim for a 4th World Cup title against the Netherlands

Chicago takes center stage on a major Sunday for United States soccer

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and the United States Women's National Team seek their fourth World Cup trophy this Sunday in France. (US Soccer)By Andrew Hattersley Sunday is shaping up to be one of the biggest days in recent memory for US Soccer, as both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in finals, with … Continue reading Chicago takes center stage on a major Sunday for United States soccer

Club, country and state: Illinois’ presence in a busy summer for the United States national teams

Chicago Red Stars captain Julie Ertz is one of 20 players with connections to local soccer representing the United States this summer. (Chicago Red Stars) by Juan Pimiento This summer will be full of action for the different United States national teams across all levels, from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup to the 2019 … Continue reading Club, country and state: Illinois’ presence in a busy summer for the United States national teams

Childhood friends reunited as teammates at DePaul

Freshman midfielder Matthew Brickman winds up to pass during an intrasquad scrimmage. (Photo courtesy of DePaul Athletics) By Andrew Hattersley In new DePaul head coach Mark Plotkin’s first year as head coach of the men’s soccer program, he brought with him nine freshmen including five players from Illinois, three from Minnesota and one from Maryland. … Continue reading Childhood friends reunited as teammates at DePaul

Cannon, Mihailovic, Lichaj and Transfermarkt’s top 10 highest-valued players from Illinois

Reggie Cannon is the highest-valued Illinois native, according to Transfermarkt (FC Dallas) by Juan Pimiento   1) Reggie Cannon Photo courtesy of USA Today The subject of this week's Where Are They Now? tops the list at $1.43 million, according to Transfermarkt. The Chicago native is in the midst of his third season with FC … Continue reading Cannon, Mihailovic, Lichaj and Transfermarkt’s top 10 highest-valued players from Illinois

Where are they now? Chicago native Reggie Cannon excelling with FC Dallas and the U.S. national team

By Andrew Hattersley   One of Chicago’s own in Reggie Cannon is now making a name for himself around the U.S and nationally as he is off to another strong start with FC Dallas. Signed as a homegrown player on Dec. 22, 2016, Cannon became the 18th homegrown player to sign with FC Dallas. The … Continue reading Where are they now? Chicago native Reggie Cannon excelling with FC Dallas and the U.S. national team

3980 miles closer to the dream: Cade Hagan’s journey from Illinois to Gijón

17-year-old Cade Hagan, from Naperville, Ill., with teammates from Sporting Gijon's youth teams. (El Comercio) by Juan Pimiento Last Saturday, April 13, the websites and social media accounts of those who track young American players caught wind of a remarkable performance by one of Illinois's own: 17-year-old Cade Hagan. Hagan lit up the Spanish youth … Continue reading 3980 miles closer to the dream: Cade Hagan’s journey from Illinois to Gijón