‘Her quiet time is over’: Alyssa Naeher steps into the limelight in Red Stars return

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper was instrumental in the United States Women's National Team's run to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup title in France. (Chicago Red Stars) By Sandra Herrera   Chicago Red Stars have welcomed back their World Cup champions in Julie Ertz, Tierna Davidson, Morgan Brian, and Alyssa Naeher.  Ahead of this Sunday’s … Continue reading ‘Her quiet time is over’: Alyssa Naeher steps into the limelight in Red Stars return

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

Fives games to watch for DePaul men’s soccer in the 2019 season

By Andrew Hattersley Right down to the final game of the regular season, DePaul men’s soccer had its chances to return to the Big East Tournament for the first time since 2016. A 2-0 loss to Marquette in the regular-season finale, coupled with a Creighton loss in their final home game, ended a Blue Demons … Continue reading Fives games to watch for DePaul men’s soccer in the 2019 season

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

Where are they now? Former UIC duo helps secure win for Detroit City FC

By Andrew Hattersley After being teammates at UIC, the duo of Max Todd and Oscar Gonzalez are back together this time at Detroit City FC, a member of the National Premier Soccer League. Both have made an early impact for a Detroit City FC group that is 2-1-1 in its first four games. .@MaxTodd1 in … Continue reading Where are they now? Former UIC duo helps secure win for Detroit City FC

Nelson Rodriguez and the Chicago Fire planning for the future with new Designated Players in mind

By Ernesto Hernandez There was a lot happening in the world of the Chicago Fire this past week. Chicago traded for Francisco Calvo, signed Brandt Bronico to a new contract and broke their three-game winless streak by beating the New England Revolution. All these things also coincided with Fire GM & President, Nelson Rodriguez, hosting … Continue reading Nelson Rodriguez and the Chicago Fire planning for the future with new Designated Players in mind

Chicago Red Stars Round-Up: World Cup shakes up the roster ahead of Courage rematch

Chicago Red Stars face a rematch against North Carolina Courage with several key players missing. (Chicago Red Stars) A long week of events for Chicago Red Stars as they are back in Bridgeview this weekend for a match against North Carolina Courage. Roster News The U.S. Women’s National Team announced their World Cup roster last … Continue reading Chicago Red Stars Round-Up: World Cup shakes up the roster ahead of Courage rematch

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

Where are they now? Three local players get their first taste of NWSL action with Red Star players on World Cup duty

By Andrew Hattersley With departure comes opportunity. That was the case for a trio of local players after four Chicago Red Stars were named U.S Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis’ 23-player roster to represent the United States in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. This opened the door for a three former college … Continue reading Where are they now? Three local players get their first taste of NWSL action with Red Star players on World Cup duty

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

DePaul wraps up its second spring under Mark Plotkin

By Andrew Hattersley A year ago, the focus for new DePaul head coach Mark Plotkin and his staff was on learning about his new group of players and establishing the culture, expectations and style he wanted to play with. This spring began with a different feeling, with a veteran group that returned ten of 11 … Continue reading DePaul wraps up its second spring under Mark Plotkin

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

NWSL PA President Brooke Elby discusses the Red Stars’ win, match postponement

Chicago Red Stars' Brooke Elby, author of her team's third goal in their 3-0 victory Sunday over Reign FC, discusses the postponement of the match originally scheduled for Saturday, April 27. (Mixed Zone photo by Sandra Herrera) After a riveting 4-4 draw last week against Portland Thorns FC, Chicago Red Stars were ready to get … Continue reading NWSL PA President Brooke Elby discusses the Red Stars’ win, match postponement

Lack of offense dooms the Chicago Fire in their road loss to New York City FC

Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic is thrown out by referee Robert Sibiga in the second half against the match against New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on April 24, 2019. (Elsa/Getty Images) By Ernesto Hernandez   It was one-and-done for the Chicago Fire's winning streak as they lost 1-0 against New York City … Continue reading Lack of offense dooms the Chicago Fire in their road loss to New York City FC

Where are they now? Former Northwestern goalie taking advantage of his opportunity with LAFC

By Andrew Hattersley   Selected as the 27th overall pick of the MLS Expansion Draft on December 12, 2017, former Northwestern goalkeeper Tyler Miller has found a home with LAFC, starting all 33 games in 2018 as well as the first nine games this season. After allowing five goals in the first four games of … Continue reading Where are they now? Former Northwestern goalie taking advantage of his opportunity with LAFC

Chicago Red Stars carry momentum, culture shift, into game day

Chicago Red Stars defender Tierna Davidson sports the club's 2019 home kit revealed on Sunday, April 14. (Twitter/Chicago Red Stars) by Sandra Herrera   As the Red Stars prepare to take on Portland Thorns FC this weekend for their home opener, they will be carrying with them the momentum of a rather groundbreaking week for … Continue reading Chicago Red Stars carry momentum, culture shift, into game day

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

Talk of goalie ‘controversy’ at the Chicago Fire is premature

by Ernesto Hernandez One of the talking points coming out of the Chicago Fire's draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps focused on the Fire's goalie situation. That's because it was David Ousted's error in the 53rd minute that led to Vancouver's goal.Had this been a one-time thing, perhaps the error could be forgiven or chalked up to … Continue reading Talk of goalie ‘controversy’ at the Chicago Fire is premature