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    National Cup XVII Aurora - website

    The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship competition open to members.

    Qualifying 13-U through 18/19-U teams from National Cup XVII Regionals and qualifying state cups advance to the National Cup XVII Finals. Applications will be available soon. National Cup XVII Regionals will be open to 12-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups in the Mid-Atlantic and West Regionals, while the other Regionals – Midwest, Northwest, South Central and Southeast – will feature 13-U through 18/19-U divisions.

    Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NationalCupXVII.

     

     

    NATIONAL CUP XVII REGIONALS – 2018:

     

    Date: Event: Host City/Venue
    June 15-18 South Central: Web page Tulsa, Okla.: Mohawk Sports Complex
    June 16-19 West: Web page Davis, Calif.: Davis Legacy Soccer Complex
    June 22-25 Midwest: Web page Chicago, Ill.: Waukegan Sports Park/Libertyville Township Soccer Complex
    June 23-26 Southeast: Web page Winston-Salem, N.C.: BB&T Sports Complex
    June 29-July 2 Northwest: Web page Boise, Idaho: Simplot Sports Complex
    June 30-July 3 Mid-Atlantic: Web page Somerset, N.J.: PDA Soccer Complex/Morningside Farm

    NATIONAL CUP XVII FINALS – 2018:

    Date: Event: Host City/Venue
    July 20-24 Finals: Web page Aurora, Colo.: Aurora Sports Park

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    Fall 2017 Women National Premier League (WNPL)


    1st Place 99/00 WNPL - Sockers 99/00 Blue

    • NPL Finals, July 12-16, 2016, at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, CO

    1st Place 2001 WNPL - Sockers Pre-Academy 2001

    • NPL Finals, July 12-16, 2016, at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, CO

    1st Place 2002 WNPL - Elite SC NPL Black

    • NPL Finals, July 12-16, 2016, at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, CO

    1st Place 2003 WNPL – Chicago Soccer Academy

    • NPL Finals, July 12-16, 2016, at Aurora Sports Park in Aurora, CO

     


    2nd Place 99/00 WNPL - Elite SC NPL Black

    • National Cup XVII Midwest Regional, Waukegan / Libertyville, Ill. June 22-47, 2017

    2nd Place 2001 WNPL - Elite SC NPL Black

    • National Cup XVII Midwest Regional, Waukegan / Libertyville, Ill. June 22-47, 2017

    2nd Place 2002 WNPL – Chicago Soccer Academy 2002

    • National Cup XVII Midwest Regional, Waukegan / Libertyville, Ill. June 22-47, 2017

    2nd Place 2003 WNPL – Chicago Rush Select 2003

    • National Cup XVII Midwest Regional, Waukegan / Libertyville, Ill. June 22-47, 2017

     

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    WORLD-CLASS LEGACIES: PROVEN PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAYS AT SOCKERS FC, STRIKERS FC AND CROSSFIRE PREMIER

     

    For more than 30 years, David Richardson has been working to develop world-class soccer players. As the Academy Director of Sockers FC, he's seen players like Jonathan Spector and Jay DeMerit come up through the Chicago area club's youth ranks and blossom into U.S. Men's National Team stalwarts. When Bob Bradley became the first head coach of expansion M.L.S. club Chicago Fire in 1998, Richardson was at Sockers to welcome 11-year-old Michael Bradley, who was already eager to work as hard as he could to become a professional soccer player.

    As Richardson pushes to raise a new generation of world-class players in Chicago, the stories of those who came before are invaluable tools.

    "We have so many stories that we can tell our guys about players that are relevant at the next level," Richardson said. "Michael was with us at 11. We can talk about what his weaknesses were as a youth player, what his challenges were. He wasn't the top guy in some parts of his game. We look back at our history so we can use it as a tool for our guys to understand what they're going through."

    The same tales can be told at Strikers FC of Irvine, Calif., where players like Bobby Wood and Benny Feilhaber spent time as youth players. At Seattle-area Crossfire Premier, not only are there similar stories about players like DeAndre Yedlin, but alumni like Kelyn Rowe might be spotted training with the U-18/19 squad during breaks in the professional schedule.

    Even before the 2007 launch of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, these clubs' legacy of player development provided insight for the foundation of the player development pathway standardized by the Academy. All three of the clubs will play in live-stream feature games this week at the 2017 Boys' Winter Showcase.

    "It's about every day," Richardson said. "If you want to grow a flower, you don't fix a flower, you fix the environment around the flower. It's about the environment and it's about how you put that together. That's really the foundation of the club. From that, growth happens.

    At Sockers, Richardson has helped produce countless players that have taken the next step, whether to the National Team, the pros or the collegiate ranks. He attributes Sockers' prolonged relevancy to the club culture, coaching methodology and the everyday player environment. The definition of "academy" is core to the club's success as he strives to help every player reach their individual potential.

    "When you think of the word academy, you think of a school," Richardson said. "We're trying now to help the kids to a point where they move on beyond us. We want to make sure they have the necessary tools, skillsets, attitude, mentality, and mindset to really achieve at the next levels."

    It's a similar long road of holistic development at Strikers FC. A strong technical foundation allows players to advance their individual tactical abilities, and the soccer skills are complemented by heavy emphasis on hard work and staying humble.

    "It's very important that technically they're very good," said Sey Rosenstraw, Strikers FC Academy Director. "Those are the tools of the trade. Without that you can't execute the decisions that you make. Every step is important in that development. We try to have humble players. We don't want them to feel they've arrived before they've arrived."

    Since 2007, all three clubs have competed in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the nation's highest level of youth soccer. Week-in and week-out, they match up against top clubs across the country, including the youth systems of Major League Soccer clubs. Unlike those professionally-backed academies, there's no first team at the top of the development pathway. That's not a detriment, but a benefit for Crossfire Premier.

    "We can have a long-term vision, we can look out five, eight, ten years. We can stick to a plan." said Troy Letherman, Crossfire Premier U-18/19 head coach. "We can look at some of the best practices from around the world, take what we can learn, adapt it to our environment and go on improving our players."

    The growth of MLS academies has challenged other clubs to constantly be at their best and continue to evolve. Letherman says it's a blessing to play in Cascadia alongside three top-notch MLS academies -- Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

    "The presence of the MLS academies is one of the best things that's happened to us," Letherman said. "It forces us to be better. We don't have a big name, a stadium full of people, a big regional draw like they do. We need to look for new avenues."

    Strikers FC competes in talent-rich Southern California alongside LA Galaxy and LAFC, while two-time Academy champion Chicago Fire is a frequent foe for Sockers FC.

    "You don't have to have a professional team to act and behave as a professional Academy," Richardson said. "We don't have one professional team that we have to guide our players into. We don't have one profile that we look for in our young players. There isn't pressure from above, but we put pressure internally on ourselves because we want to produce good quality."

    Without the need to develop players for a professional first team, clubs are able to further emphasize individual player pathways. For some, the next step is the professional ranks, domestically or abroad. For many, college is the next rung of the ladder. There's a freedom to prepare players for any number of destinations.

    "We look at ourselves as a launching pad," Richardson said. "The team for us is a tool in the process, it's not the ending process for us. We look at the players and say, 'What's the best pathway based on the profile?' We try to fit, try to make sure we help those kids with those next steps in that process.

    While the trio of clubs has a history of producing top-flight players successful at the next level, it doesn't make the pathway any easier. Richardson takes pride that at Sockers, the most is asked of the most talented players. Bradley practically lived at the Sockers facility in his youth days, coming early and staying late, rivalling the hours of the coaching staff.

    These are just three of many Academy clubs that have a bona fide legacy of high-quality player production, motivating their charges with tangible examples of success for youth players. As the Development Academy continues to grow in its eleventh year, the question isn't about the strength of the alumni base, it's "Who's next?"

    "The current players become the next storyline," Richardson said. "They're the next group of guys that write the stories. They become the next opportunity to tell how they worked and overcame things, how they were able to achieve really good things in the game."

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    Registration for the Spring 2018 Season is now open!

     The following events are currently available in Bonzi for you to get started with your team registration:

    1. Premier League Boys:  13U-19U
    2. Premier League Girls:  13U-15U
    3. Pre-NPL (Championship): 13U-19U
    4. High School Division: 15U-19U
    5. Club / Conference Division: 07U-14U

     *IMPORTANT* All Club / Conference 07U -15U teams from the Fall will be automatically transferred over into the Spring. You do not need to re-register or repay for them. If you need to change any of these teams' registration info (like changing their age group or moving up into Pre-NPL) you will need to email that request into jason@chicagosoccer.com.

     An instructional video to guide you through the registration process is located at the following link: http://www.northernillinoissoccerleague.com/videos/how/Team_Registration_1.mp4

     Premier League registration will close on January 18th 2018. A $500 deposit towards each team’s Premier registration is required at that time as well.

    All other registration will close on February 8th 2018.

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    Jaromir (Jerry) Fajkus was born in Czechoslovakia in a time of great political upheaval, Jerry Fajkus grew up playing soccer and later continued playing while serving in the Czech Army.  After being released from the Army he went to Germany in 1948 fleeing the Communist regime.  He played soccer in the amateur league in Germany where he honed his skills as a left defense player, a position he would play all his life.  It was in Bad Kreuznach, Germany where he met a young lady (Elizabeth) who later would become his wife of 60 years. 

    He had many friends in the United States particularly in Chicago and so in 1956 he came to the US and upon arriving in the Windy City he immediately started to play soccer first for Slovak AA and then later for Sparta A&BA.  Soccer being such an important part of his life it provided Jerry with many opportunities for involvement.  And he did get involved in just about every capacity which one can imagine, particularly with Sparta with whom he has been affiliated for over 45 years: he has been a  Player, Field Manager, Laundry Manager, Referee, Trainer, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President.  In 1968 with the help of Laddie Gajda (another Sparta legend) they formed the Small Fry Soccer League in Cicero and Berwyn.  The league remained independent for eight years before being relinquished to the Clyde Park District to administer.  He also contributed beyond the club level serving as Secretary of the ISSA for two years as well as referee assignor for the National Soccer League for three seasons.  He was also a board member of the Metropolitan Soccer League when it was created in 1981.

    Jerry and his wife Elizabeth had two sons, and he provided support for the training needs of his children from Elementary School until College.  He coached the under twelve, under fourteen, under sixteen and first team of Sparta between 1969 and 1983.  His effort did pay off. 

    His older son Charlie was a high school All-American both his junior and senior years at Wheaton Central High School.  He then went on to Indiana University leading them to being NCAA National Runner-Ups twice (1976, 1978).   Charlie then was drafted by the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League in 1979 eventually being inducted into the Illinois Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992, as he played for the 1981 Sting, the Soccer Bowl Champions of the NASL.  Charlie later played professionally with the Golden Bay Earthquakes and Kansas City Comets before returning for the Chicago Sting’s final season in 1988.  Charlie also earned four caps for the US Men’s National Team.

    His younger son Willie played with Sparta from 1969-1993, starting at age 7 (with the U12’s).  Willie played collegiately at both College of DuPage and Illinois Benedictine College but had more success coaching.  Willie won IYSA State Cup Championships with Sparta U19 boys as well as the U14 and U16 girls.  Since 1997 he has coached at College of DuPage and still does so being involved in both the men’s and women’s intercollegiate programs.  Even into his 90’s Jerry would attend most of DuPage’s home matches and provided free commentary for the fans, whether or not they asked.

    In 1973 he started both an indoor and outdoor soccer program for the Wheaton Park District.  After starting Wheaton’s Park District program in the following years started the soccer programs for Naperville and the Tri-Cities (Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles). Despite the massive time commitment he never took a salary for any of his work for the Park District or elsewhere.  He remained director of the Wheaton Park District soccer program for nearly ten years.  In that short period of time Wheaton’s program grew to over 400 youth players.  He always referred to the boys he coached as ‘Champion’ and the girls he would call ‘Suzy.”   Because of this he was nicknamed by others as Champion.

    On January 31st 2015, shortly after his 90th birthday, the Wheaton Park District honored him by naming their indoor soccer field in his honor.  Jerry ‘Champion’ Fajkus Field is located at the Central Athletic Center in downtown Wheaton. 

    Jerry passed away on November 14th 2017 at the age of 93.  A Jerry Fajkus scholarship fund has been created at College of DuPage as well as at gofundme.com – the family asked for donations to these funds in lieu of flowers.

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