2014 Wintrust Community Bank Illinois Cup
Registration Now Open For Statewide U8-U11 Tournament
The Wintrust Community Bank Illinois Cup is an annual statewide tournament for teams in the under 8 - 11 age groups. This event offers youth soccer players an opportunity to experience a consistent and high-quality statewide tournament in a fun, family-like atmosphere. It fosters stimulation and excitement about soccer in an effort to increase the players’ interest and love for the game in a relax State Cup-like tournament.
Under-8 thru Under-10 Details
Under-8 thru Under-10
Roster size: 14 players for U8-U9, 16 players for U10. Teams can have up to 7 guest players from within their club
Spring 2014 State Cup/Presidents Cup Brackets
Meeting For Teams On February 20
The Illinois State Cup is the most prestigious tournament in Illinois and the official state championship tournament of the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series.
The Sports Authority Presidents Cup is part of the nation-wide US Youth Soccer PResidents Cup, a national tournament that provides Under 13 – 17 teams an alternative opportunity to advance and compete against teams from across the country in the regional and national competition.
CHANGES EFFECTIVE FOR SPRING 2014.
3 State Select Teams Compete For ODP Championships
1997 Girls, 1998 Boys & 1998 Girls Head To Phoenix
The Championships for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program spotlight the future stars of United States soccer. State teams first compete in a regional event to determine which teams will vie for the top spot in the nation. The winners will compete in Phoenix for the right to be crowned US Youth Soccer ODP Champion. Three Illinois State Select Teams will compete for the National title this weekend at The Reach 11 Soccer Complex in Phoenix, AZ.
1997 Girls Illinois State Select Team
1998 Boys Illinois State Select Team
1998 Girls Illinois State Select Team
Spring 2014 State Premiership Division
84 Teams From 40 Top Clubs From Throughout The State Compete
Illinois Youth Soccer started the State Premiership Division in Spring 2013 with support from our competitive member leagues. This exclusive competition was designed to give elite teams that are registered with Illinois Youth Soccer competitive member leagues (Illinois Women’s Soccer League (IWSL), Young Sportsmen’s Soccer League (YSSL), Central Illinois Youth Soccer League (CIYSL), Southern Illinois Soccer League (SISL), and ILLOWA) an opportunity to compete against the other top teams in the state. Since its inception in 2013, SPD teams include: 38 MRL Teams, 5 MRL Champions, 2 State Cup Champions, 2 State Cup Finalists, 5 State Cup Semifinalists and 9 State Cup Quarterfinalists.
In Spring 2014, the State Premiership expanded to two division, Chicagoland & Central/Southern Illinois and include 84 teams from 40 of the top clubs in the state.
Wintrust Becomes Illinois Youth Soccer Sponsor
Named Official Bank
The Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) is excited to announce that Wintrust and its Community Banks have become sponsors of Illinois’ largest youth soccer organization and are the Official Banks of the IYSA.
“We are very excited to add the Wintrust Community Bank as a sponsor of Illinois Youth Soccer,” said Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director. “We only partner with companies that provide quality products and services and are at the top of their industry. We are also very grateful to our local Wintrust Community Bank, Village Bank & Trust of Arlington Heights, for supporting community outreach soccer events for our inner city children.”
Because of their commitment to Illinois Youth Soccer and it’s 74,000 players, the Illinois Youth Soccer Illinois Cup will be renamed the Wintrust Community Banks Illinois Cup beginning in Spring 2014.
There are currently more than 120 Wintrust Community Bank locations throughout Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin. While part of the Wintrust family of community banks, each individual bank is locally managed and locally focused, with their employees and bank management heavily invested in community activities and service.
“We chose to partner with Illinois Youth Soccer because of the positive impact this program has on the youth of the communities we collectively serve,” stated Matthew Doubleday, Senior Vice President of Wintrust Marketing. “We’re honored to be the official banks of Illinois Youth Soccer.”
For more details about Illinois Youth Soccer and all of our sponsors, please visit www.illinoisyouthsoccer.org. To find your local Wintrust Community Bank, please visit http://www.wintrust.com/find-us.
About Wintrust Financial - Wintrust is a financial holding company with assets of approximately $18 billion whose common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. Built on the "HAVE IT ALL" model, Wintrust offers the sophisticated technology and resources of a large bank while focusing on providing service-based community banking to each and every customer. Wintrust operates fifteen community bank subsidiaries, with over 115 banking locations in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee market areas. Additionally, the Company operates various non-bank subsidiaries including one of the largest commercial insurance premium finance companies operating in the United States and Canada; A company providing short-term accounts receivable financing and value-added out-sourced administrative services to the temporary staffing services industry, companies engaging primarily in the origination and purchase of residential mortgages for sale into the secondary market throughout the United States, and companies providing wealth management services. Wintrust Community Banks are Members FDIC and Equal Housing Lenders.
Soccer For Success Program Receives Grant
The U.S. Soccer Foundation announced recently that it has received an award of $1.9 million in funding over two years from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, an office within the U.S. Department of Justice. A portion of the funding will be used to support the Foundation's Soccer for Success program in Chicago in partnership with Illinois Youth Soccer. The Foundation was one of three organizations selected to receive funding under the "Group Mentoring" category in fiscal year 2013.
Soccer for Success, the Foundation's and Illinois Youth Soccer's free afterschool program, uses soccer as a tool for youth development and matches participants with trained coaches in a 15:1 child-to-coach ratio. Coaches serve as mentors and stress the importance of excelling in school and living a healthy lifestyle, while promoting the values of teamwork, leadership, discipline and respect. The program is proven to deliver positive social outcomes for children in underserved communities and is designed to deter youth from engaging or re-engaging in delinquent behavior.
Through a network of community-based partners and organizations, Soccer for Success will serve approximately 18,000 children in 25 cities across the country during the 2013-2014 program year. Beginning in spring 2014, funding from OJJDP will support existing program sites throughout Chicago, serving additional children and increasing the child-to-coach ratio to 7:1.
"This is a great opportunity to provide our players with more one-on-one mentorship from our coaches in our at risk communities," Ale Jurado, Illinois Youth Soccer's Soccer For Success Program Director said. "Mentors are needed in the communities that we serve and the players will greatly benefit from more interaction with them."
"We are very grateful to US Soccer Foundation for this opportunity to implement the Soccer for Success program in Chicago," said Mary Jane Bender, Illinois Youth Soccer Executive Director. "Through the Foundation's leadership and guidance, we have been able to positively impact at-risk children living in underserved communities by providing an alternative to delinquent behavior."
To learn more about the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Soccer for Success, please visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org
About the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation is a recognized leader in sports-based youth development programs for children in underserved, urban communities. Since its founding in 1994, the organization has provided more than $60 million in funding to create and sustain innovative programs across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Proven to deliver positive health and social outcomes, the Foundation's affordable initiatives offer safe environments in which both boys and girls thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org to learn more.
State Cup & Presidents Cup Fall Champions
FC United, NSA Premier Jaguars, Windy City Pride, Warren United Blazers, Ela Elite & Hawthorn Woods Elite Earn Spots For Midwest Championships & Midwest Presidents Cup
The Fall 2013 Chipotle State Cup & Sports Authority Presidents Cup has concluded with seven teams in the U15-U18 age groups earning spots in either the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships or the US Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup. The Regional events will be in June of 2014 and these teams should be great representative of Illinois.
PHOTOS BY TSS PHOTOGRAPHY, OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF ILLINOIS YOUTH SOCCER
Eclipse & Team Chicago Win National Championships
Nine teams from Illinois were among the 88 squads that traveled to Overland Park, KS to compete against the best teams in the country for a US Youth Soccer National Championships. Two teams from Illinois, Eclipse Elite Black and Team Chicago Academy Botafogo, proved to be the best of the best, bringing National champion hardware back to the Land of Lincoln.
After tying all three of their matches at the Midwest Regional Championship, US Youth Soccer National League qualifier, Eclipse started the National Championships in familiar fashion, drawing 1-1 with fellow National League qualifier MSC Coyotes Green. This would be the last draw of the tournament for Eclipse, but not the last tie.
Wins over Tennessee SC 16 (2-1) and Boise Nationals Italia (5-0) ended group play with a very unique situation, Eclipse tied with game one opponent and defending National Champions MSC Coyotes Green, resulting in a penalty kick shootout to determine a finalist.
The two sides had to head to kicks from the mark to break the tie in the standings and determine who would move on to the National Championship match. Eclipse keeper Angelina LoDolce saved Coyotes first shot and MSC’s second flew over the crossbar as Eclipse was perfect in their attempts to win 3-1 and move on to face Ambassadors FC in the championship match.
In the National Final, Eclipse defeated Region II champ Ambassadors FC (OH-N) in overtime to earn the Under-15 Girls National Championship. Golden Ball winner and leading scorer Sarah Krause gave Ambassadors the lead in the 15th minute off a cross from Gabrielle Lo Presti on the left flank. With just seven minutes left to play, Eclipse was able to find the equalizer when Zoe Redei scored, taking the match to overtime. The late goal energized Eclipse, and in overtime they got three more goals for a 4-1 victory. Alissa Gorzak scored the game winner for Eclipse five minutes into overtime, and Redei found her second goal after beating an Ambassadors defender to the ball and sliding it under the keeper. Gorzak also got a second goal in the match, finishing the scoring.
For the tournament Gorzak (4 goals), Foster Ignoffo (3), and Redei (3) finished in the top 10 of goal scorers in the Under-15 age group.
"Winning the National Championship was an extraordinary accomplishment for this pool of players," Rory Dames, Eclipse Head Coach said. "The players and staff set goals last August and to see those goals accomplished speaks volumes about the hard-working, dedicated, and extremely talented pool of players Eclipse Select has at this age group. Our kids worked extremely hard for 12 months to be able to call themselves National Champions."
"I will not forget the looks on our players faces when they scored the goal to tie the game, nor the celebration that took place when the game ended," continued Dames. "The physical and mental toughness of our players is remarkable and we could not be more proud of what they have accomplished this year."
Although they were US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Champions, Team Chicago earned their spot at the US Youth Soccer National Championships because of their accomplishments in the US Youth Soccer National League. The National runner-ups last year, Team Chicago started their run at Overland Park with a 2-1 victory over Lou Fusz Wipke, another US Youth Soccer National League Qualifier.
In game two of group play, Connecticut FC and Team Chicago battled it out to a scoreless draw. Although both teams had many chances, with each taking more than 15 shots, a strong defense on both sides prevented any scoring. The 0-0 result made a win in their final match a necessity for Team Chicago to advance.
In the final group play match, Team Chicago took care of business early and often, winning 3-0 over Oklahoma FC 96 to secure a spot in the National Championship match.
In a rematch of the final game of the National League season, Team Chicago once again defeated returning champ VSA Heat Blue (VA) to seize the Under-18 Girls National Championship. The match started with an early lead for Team Chicago when Zoe Swift scored in the 11th minute, but Cassidy Mercier evened the score for VSA when she headed the ball into the net in the 49th minute off a corner kick, and regulation ended 1-1 to force overtime. In the extra period, Zoe Swift stepped up for Team Chicago again, delivering the game winner and the national title for Botafogo.
"It’s obviously a fantastic feeling to win a U18 National Championship," said Phil Nielsen, Team Chicago Head Coach. "It’s the perfect culmination on an amazing youth career for these players. In the very last youth game before embarking on their college careers they got to play at the biggest stage and emerge victoriously.
"As one of my players tweeted late Sunday night: ’Today was so bittersweet. But mostly sweet’. The emotional toll of saying goodbye to your best friends who happens to also be your teammates was a heavy one for players, parents, and me. Our pre-game team meeting was not about tactics and not a rah-rah "let’s win for the Gipper" speech, but rather a very tearful and emotional goodbye and reminder of how lucky we have been to play together for all these years.
"For the girls it was obviously the highlight of their careers and a validation of all their sacrifices as well as their talents," Nielsen said. "A lot of people will take notice of the Team Chicago commitment to attractive soccer with this win."
In addition to the two National champions, Illinois also had two teams finish as US Youth Soccer National Finalists.
West Coast FC (CA-S) and Raiders FC Premier needed kicks from the spot to decide the Under-18 Boys champion. It was no surprise the teams were tightly-matched, after Raiders won, 1-0, in a National League game earlier this year. West Coast looked like it would get payback after Gage Zerboni scored off of a long throw in by Brian Way in the 65th minute. It looked like that goal would hold up after a late bicycle kick by Raiders forward Chi Bertrand was blocked, and the ensuing shot hit the crossbar. However, Kyle Hamann headed a ball from Roberto Torres into the net for a stoppage-time equalizer that sent the game to overtime. West Coast held off a series of Raiders shots in the overtime periods, and the game went to penalties to decide the winner. Each keeper made two superb diving saves, but when Raiders’ fifth attempt was chipped over the bar, West Coast keeper Ricky Brown stepped up to the spot with a chance to win the championship. Brown’s shot flew into the right side of the goal, and his team erupted in celebration, as West Coast won a thrilling Under-18 Boys National Championship. West Coast took home the Under-14 Boys National Championship in 2009.
The 78th McGuire Cup final featured a pair of talented Under-19 Boys teams in Lehigh Valley United 93 (E-PA) and Chicago Fire Academy . The game got off to a quick start, with each team coming within inches of taking the lead. In the early minutes of the game, LVU had a shot roll across the turf before striking the right post and staying out of the goal. Chicago was just as unlucky, as a strike from outside the box beat a diving Logan Keys, but it too hit the post to keep the game scoreless. LVU managed to take the lead when Shane Campbell made a run to the back post and headed in a cross to put his side up, 1-0. Chicago pressured the Pennsylvania side in search of an equalizer, and the Fire were rewarded when they earned a penalty kick with about 15 minutes remaining in the game. However, the shot went just wide to the left and LVU remained in front. Chicago couldn’t find a tying goal in the final minutes, as LVU held on to win the storied McGuire Cup as Under-19 Boys National Champions.
Crystal Lake Force & SASA Spirits Win National Championship
SASA Spirits and Crystal Lake Force took slightly different paths to the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup in Auburndale, FL but both left the same way, as National Champions.
Cole Barkocy, Garrett Bronn, Edgar Chavez, Dominik Chece, Carlos Duran, Remy Edstrom, Nikolas Getzinger, Andrew Grabowski, Benjamin Kassel, Alexander Kern, Cade Klusendorf, Alex Lee, Gavin Rathjen, Sean Reardon, Justin Rutherford, Kevin Winslow; Coach: Kristian Rockall
After winning the U14 Boys Illinois Presidents Cup, Crystal Lake Force Elite rolled thru the Midwest Presidents Cup going undefeated, scoring 13 goals while only allowing two. Although their goal differential wasn’t as great at the National Presidents Cup, Crystal Lake played well enough to earn a spot in the National Championship against Cal South’s Downtown SC Black, who they had tied 1-1 24- hours earlier.
In the final Crystal Lake jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead. Cade Klusendorf notched a pair of goals (8’ and 19’) as did his teammate Nikolas Getzinger (14’). Downtown SC started to make a comeback in the second half, with goals by David Orellana (45’) and Gomez Frank Barrios (55’), but Crystal Lake’s strong defense helped maintain the 3-2 win.
"The biggest feeling associated with this achievement is one of pride," Kristian Rockall, CL Force Head Coach said. "I am proud of my team and what they have accomplished, not just for themselves and for Crystal Lake FORCE, but also how well they've represented Illinois and Region 2 along the way. It's great when a local team like ours, (where all the players live within 10 miles of each other) are able to compete and experience success at the Regional and National level.
"We're thankful that the President's Cup has created a platform for teams such as ours to play on such a grand stage. The President's Cup experience has been remarkable all the way through from Rockford to Overland Park and finally Florida. The tournament is very professionally run and the organizers do a great job of making it a special experience for the players. The facilities, the fields, the officiating and the media coverage have all been excellent and certainly helped to give our team an truly amazing experience that they'll never forget."
For the tournament, 4 Crystal Lake players finished in the top 10 of goal scorers: Getzinger (3), Klusendorf (3), Carlos Duran and Justin Rutherford (1)
Emma Hughes, Katie Juhlin, Boyd Kendall, Sara Kinsella, Maddie Klintworth, Sameena Koriala, Rachel Mays, Taylor Parriott, Riley Ross, Alie Smith, Carolynn Smith, Shea Sullivan, Karmen Vicari-Endres, Macy Vorreyer, Beverly Watson, Kendall Ziel; Coach: Rhett Mays
After falling to Elite SC Black in the finals of the Illinois Presidents Cup, it looked as if the SASA Spirits' Presidents Cup journey was over. When a Wild Card spot opened at the Midwest Presidents Cup, SASA seized the opportunity and went on to bring the Regional title back to Springfield.
SASA opened the National Tournament with a 1-1 draw against Pennsylvania's WCUSC Predators 98. From there on SASA would go undefeated in group play, beating Platinum FC Sanchez of California South and Florida's Cape Coral Cyclones en route to a rematch against the Predators in the National Finals.
In the championship, SASA was down 1-0 in the first half, but tfound their vigor in the second half and shifted the game in their favor. Within ten minutes, Maddie Klintworth (42'), Kendall Boyd (45') and Macy Vorreyer (50') all scored to give SASA the 3-1 advantage and the win.
"The girls are very excited," said Rhett Mays, SASA Head Coach. "The President Cup was an overall positive experience. It has the feel of a national championship for smaller clubs like ours. - like 1A in high school soccer in Illinois."
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup is designed for those teams seeking additional challenges to play against teams of similar abilities for a national title. The cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to teams that might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in a series of unique experiences highlighting competition, camaraderie and community from the state to regional to national levels of US Youth Soccer. The Illinois Presidents Cup for Girls U15-U17 is held in the Fall and for Boys U13-U17 and Girls U13-U14 in the Spring.