Boys Club Newsletter

WIN THE DAY: MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

March Outdoor Training - Shifting Focus to Game Preparation

Teams got outside this March as we Prepare for the upcoming spring season! By shifting to the outdoor, larger field environment, coaches adjusted their training focus from the Winter individual development program to team training. While the elements were cold, it was great to get outdoors and start focusing on team shape and spread the field a bit! Looking forward to the first of April!

Boys Winter College Showcase Was Huge Success!

Over 40+ College Coaches Attended the Event and our teams showcased well in front a very impressed group of coaches on site! Click below to see the full list of College Coaches who attended the event! College Coach List

Teams End their Winter Season w/ Inter-Club Games!

FCU Prep for Spring Leagues & Tournaments w/ Teams w/ Inter-Club Games! FCU Teams played inter-club games March 12-13 & March 19-20 in order to prepare for upcoming Spring league and tournament play! All boys teams played some competition games over the two weekends and we are primed and ready to go starting April 4th!

Boys Academy Kick Off their Spring Season on a High Note!

Boys Academy Teams Kicked off their seasons in St. Louis & Indy! Teams battled every step of the way against elite clubs from the region and set the tone for a gritty Spring Season ahead!

FCU Ready to Compete in Tournament Play This Spring!

Chicago FCU Boys Teams will compete in competitive tournament play as we look to raise our game to the next level! The goal of our spring tournament selections is to provide a balanced schedule with tournaments that match each team’s competition level. Check out our Spring Girls Event Schedule below!

2022-2023 FCU Evaluation Information Will be LIVE on Monday 3/28!

Evaluation information for the 2022-2023 Season will be live on ChicagoFCUnited.com next week!

IVYREHAB IN ACTION

As Team ONE's official physical therapy and injury prevention partner, our goal is to ensure that our athletes receive educational information to help them compete and recover at their highest levels. Check out this month’s topic from Head Athletic Trainer Simon Jiries.

BLOG TOPIC: WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT

Stop by and meet Simon when he’s on site at trainings throughout the week. Any other injury needs? Reach out to sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com

February 2022

PRE-ACADEMY TEAMS FIND SUCCESS IN TAMPA!

HS Pre-Academy Red Boys Travel to Tampa, FL for National League

Our 2005, 2004, and 2003 Pre Academy Boys Traveled to Tampa, FL for their final round of National League Games this Winter.  All 3 teams were able to come back with points under their belt, while the 2005 Pre Academy Red Team moved closer to clinching a berth at this year's National Championships which will take place this summer in Orlando, FL.

Youth Pre Academy Boys compete Pdt in phoenix, az!

FC United’s 2008 Pre Academy Red, 2008 Pre Academy White, and 2009 Pre Academy all traveled to the President’s Day Tournament this past weekend in Phoenix, AZ.  All three teams spent the President’s Day Weekend competing against some of the top teams from around the country.   This was an awesome experience for both the players and families as we continue to prepare for the Spring Season of League Games which start up in just over a month.

FC United Select Teams Continue to Prepare for Spring Season

Our Select Teams continue to prepare for this Spring Season by focusing on their overall technical development throughout the winter training sessions.  Their emphasis was focusing on overlapping runs, and creating overloads in the final third of the field this past month.  We are looking forward to seeing this development implemented this Spring when league games kick off in April.

MLS NEXT travel to Indiana for Mid America Winter Showcase

The U16, U17, & U19 Boys MLS NEXT Academy Teams competed in the Mid-America Winter Showcase in Indy. The event was two-fold: a great opportunity for our players to showcase their abilities in front of College Coaches as well as prepare for the upcoming competitive Spring campaign! We received great feedback from the coaches in attendance on how our boys compete and how we play! 

MLS NEXT U12 Players Go Above & Beyond in Game Analysis Project!

The Boys Academy Teams were given a Game Analysis Project and the Boys Delivered! The objective - To learn how to watch a match and break the game down from a tactical perspective using our Chicago FC United Game Model and Game Principles as your roadmap.

 

2008: Amishh Thakur: Barca vs Atletico Game Analysis  //  2010 - Jackson Parchem: Barca vs Atletico Game Analysis

WINTER ON FIELD CONCENTRATION: 

Quality Reps // Playing in Tight Spaces // Footwork & Technique!

The Winter Season has been focused on the individual within a team environment. The players have been buzzing the last couple of weeks with the focus continuing to be on footwork, ball control, quality reps, and playing confidently in tight spaces! See below for two activities utilized from the past week's sessions:

 

Shifting to Spring Preparation as We Move Outdoors Starting February 28

As we continue to move forward with our Winter Training and curriculum, our overall sessions will transition from a fully technical focus, to preparing teams for success in the Spring Season.  Training Sessions will begin focusing more on small group development, overall tactical understanding of the game and team shape, while continuing to train with High Intensity in a competitive environment.  This will also include friendly games to help with each team’s individual preparation for the Spring Season.

college corner: most Recent College Commitment:

Congratulations to Jackson Sullivan from our 2003 Pre Academy Team on His Recent Commitment to Bucknell University! Bucknell is a NCAA Division 1 Program who competes in the Patriot League.  We are very excited for Jackson and look forward to watching him continue his career at the collegiate level!  Well done Jackson!

 

Curious about our Recruiting Class?  Click Here to Visit our class of 2022 Commitment Page

WINTER VIRTUAL SEMINAR SERIES - THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS!

Justin Serpone’s (Amherst College Men’s Head Coach) talk on leadership, gets rave reviews from players, coaches, and parents! Big THANK YOU to Justin! It was a great message for the players and we hope everyone had a chance to listen! Missed it?

Click here for all Virtual Seminar Series topics, recordings, zoom links & information. 

IVYREHAB IN ACTION

As FCU’s official physical therapy and injury prevention partner, our goal is to ensure that our athletes receive educational information to help them compete and recover at their highest levels. Check out this month’s topic from Head Athletic Trainer Simon Jiries.

BLOG TOPIC: KNEE INJURIES

Stop by and meet Simon when he’s on site at Falcon Fields throughout the week. Any other injury needs? Reach out to sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com

MARK YOUR CALENDARS - MONTH OF MARCH

FC United College Showcase & Individual Clinic: March 5th/6th

FC United will be officially announcing our Boys College Showcase for the 2006-2003 Age Groups soon. This showcase draws in over 40 College Coaches every year and provides added exposure for players looking to continue their soccer careers at the Collegiate Level. Keep an eye out for official details soon!

Club Scrimmages: Weekends of March 12-13 & March 19-20 (Check Your PlayerFirst for Game Schedules)

Spring Break Striker/GK Pop Up Clinics: Wednesday, March 23 & 30th! Click Here to Register

 

January 2022

 

EVENTS: Pre-Academy Takes on stl & FL // select preps for events 

 

Pre-Academy Red Boys Travel to ESPN Wide World Of Sports to Compete in National League

Our 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003 Pre Academy Boys Traveled to Orlando, FL to compete in the National League in December. All teams showed very well in their first event of the season against the top clubs in the country.  FCU is the only club in Illinois that has teams representing the 2006, 2005, 2004, AND 2003 Age Groups on the National Stage of United States Youth Soccer. Teams will be traveling to Tampa, FL in the upcoming weeks for their next round of games in the National League.

FC United Boys Teams Travel to St. Louis for College Showcase
Our 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 Pre-Academy Teams recently traveled to St. Louis for the Lou Fusz Winter College Showcase.  This proved beneficial with many players being approached and contacted by College Coaches following this successful event.  Well done to all the teams who competed in the Winter College Showcase with many teams finishing top of their respective brackets!

FC United Select Teams Prepare for Spring Season
Many of our FC United Select Teams competed and showed well to start off their Winter Season at The Gobbler small-sided event. This was a fun, competitive environment in a small-sided setting that allowed our players to increase the amount of touches they have throughout a game. The Select Boys are off to a great start throughout their Winter training as they continue to prepare for their quickly approaching Spring Season starting up in a few short months.

MLS NEXT: WINTER GOALS & FUTURE PLANNING

Our MLS Next Winter Training Program is off to a great start. We enter week three of our program and could not be more pleased with how the boys have returned from the Winter Break. The boys have been full of energy, focus and intensity. Please CLICK HERE to review our Winter objectives.

In addition to our Winter Training Program the MLS Next has been busy searching for the next crop of talented boys at our MLS Next ID Clinics. With over 140 boys participating in the clinics for the 2011-2008 age groups, the staff had plenty of quality to evaluate and admire. Following the completion of the two day event, the staff have selected 65 boys to return for one final evaluation before presenting offers to participate in our Academy for the 2022/23 season to those who clear the final evaluation hurdle.

Finally, we wish our 2006, 2005, and 2003/04 Academy teams luck as they make their way to Indianapolis (Jan 29th and 30th) to participate in the Indiana Fire Winter College Showcase. This event will feature two matches for each team at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. With an incredible line-up of College Coaches in attendance, this event will present our boys a great opportunity to showcase themselves in front of a who’s who of College Programs.

MAX TOUCHES, MAX DEVELOPMENT: WINTER TRAINING IS UNDERWAY

FCU Boys Club Winter training is off to a great start with our primary focus of individual development.  Training sessions are aimed to maximize touches on the ball, increase overall fitness levels, and build on our competitive mentality. Teams have been training intensely through the first three weeks of our Winter programming and the sessions are only going to get more demanding and competitive as we move into the future weeks.

TWO FCU PLAYERS NAMED ALL-AMERICAN

 

Tommy Zipprich (FCU Class of 2021) and James Paden (FCU Class of 2022) were recognized for being named All-Americans at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Kansas City this past week.  

  • Paden (Kenyon College), a member of FC United’s 2022 National Championship Team, was named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches this year.  
  • Zipprich (Lafayette College), a 2021 grad, received his All-American Award this year, as last year's recognition night was canceled due to Covid.  

Great to see both boys together again and representing FC United on the National Level. Congratulations again Tommy and James!

isaiah goes pro!

FCU Alumn Isaiah Parker was drafted #3 by FC Dallas in the first round of the MLS Superdraft! 

We are so proud of Isaiah and so happy for him and his family! We wish him the best of luck on his pro journey and can't wait to watch him on the big screen! Congrats!

bragging rights! DID YOU KNOW?

FC United won their First NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in 2021.  Click Here to check out this historic event in club history! 

RECRUITING CORNER

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do” - Derek Jeter

Achieve Your Incredible! Check out the latest college commitments from the boys 2022 Class! Congrats Boys!

Click Here to Visit our Full List of Past & Present Chicago FCU College Commitments

Check out @chicagofcunited on Instagram for all official commitment announcements! 

IVYREHAB IN ACTION

As FCU’s official physical therapy and injury prevention partner, our goal is to ensure that our athletes receive educational information to help them compete and recover at their highest levels. Check out this month’s topic from Head Athletic Trainer Simon Jiries.

BLOG TOPIC: ACL TEARS

Stop by and meet Simon when he’s on-site at Falcon Fields throughout the week. Any other injury needs? Reach out to sportsmedicine@ivyrehab.com

SAVE THE DATE: IvyRehab Winter Seminar is February 8th at 6:30pm, covering ACL Injuries & Ankle Sprains

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

FC United College Showcase - March 5th/6th

FC United will be officially announcing our Boys College Showcase for the 2006-2003 Age Groups soon. This showcase draws in over 40 College Coaches every year and provides added exposure for players looking to continue their soccer careers at the Collegiate Level. Keep an eye out for official details soon!

Winter Virtual Seminar Series

Winter Seminar Series kicked off last night with Notre Dame Long Snapper Michael Vinson - mark calendar for the rest of our virtual seminar series in February. 

Click here for all Virtual Seminar Series topics, recordings, zoom links & information.