The best stories of Chicago soccer in the past couple of days are after the break. Victor Pineda scores in Portugal, Jeff Crandall goes All-In with Jim Curtin, the deadlines for the Section 8 buses to Columbus & Kansas City are coming up, Fire Academy and PDL stories all after the break.
The Chicago Fire PDL team is playing Saturday, May 28th against the River City Rovers at Evanston Township High School. You can get more information and purchase tickets at the link.
After scoring just 2 goals in their last 5 games, the U-15/16 Chicago Fire Academy team exploded for 5 goals in 2 games this past weekend. First the team defeated local rival Sockers FC 2-0 thanks to goals from Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan. Next the team rolled over rivals to the north, FC Milwaukee. Joel Salmeron and Francisco Sajuan scored again and Jesus Medina in the other goal. The two results were a big boost for the team who only had 15 points in 10 games before this weekend. Now the U-15/16 is threatening to win their division as the season winds down.
The U-17/18 squad has been playing better soccer as of late but they couldn't get three points out of Sockers FC and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. The next day the team finished off the hapless FC Milwaukee 3-1. Joey Calistri had a brace while Luis Medina scored the other goal. The victory put the U-17/18s just three points out of first place in the Great Lakes Division. The U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams play Indiana United Academy at the Toyota Park Practice Field this Sunday, May 29th with the U-17/18s kicking off at 9:00 AM and the U-15/16 game starting at 11:30 AM.
Chicago Fire Academy product Victor Pineda scored in the US-18s draw against the Netherlands U-18s in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday. Pineda is one of the few players on the 30-man roster that hasn't made the bench just yet so it's great to see him being productive on the international stage.
Team writer Jeff Crandall does an excellent All-In with Chicago Fire legend Jim Curtin, Director of Ticket Sales Mike Ernst, and Robert Jonas who wears many hats for covering the San Jose Earthquakes. In fact, you might recognize his name already...
Sam Stejskal takes a brief look at Marco Pappa's absence and how it will affect the team.
The Chicago Fire Juniors dominated almost every level of the High School Boys IL State Cup
The Chicago Fire PDL team looks like a good bet to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup as well. The game against the River City Rovers mentioned above actually counts as part of a U.S. Open Cup qualifier. Check out the link for the full details.
Leah Hendrickson checks in with Orr Barouch on 'Toyota Park Today'.
Chicago Fire vs. San Jose U.S. Open Cup
The goals Chicago got were not all that impressive but at least they went in. Sean Johnson provided a horrendous rebound situation that looks familiar to earlier plays this season. I hope he is ready but that goal does not provide a great deal of confidence.
Just in case you want to read even more recaps of the game, here they are.
Chicago Non-Fire Soccer
The undefeated Neuqua Valley Wildcats (24-0) advance to today's Waubonsie Valley Sectional title game against Naperville North.
Speaking of Naperville North, Orrin Schwarz does more than just write on the Chicago Fire. Here's a good piece on a cross-town battle for playoff glory.
Lubos Kubik's son is also named Lubos and also plays soccer. There's a brief profile there. I had no idea Kubik was living in Des Moines.
Story about Angelo DiBernardo and his daughter Vanessa. Angelo played with the New York Cosmos from 1978-1984. His daughter will be playing for the Chicago Red Stars this summer.
High school soccer game where Illiana Christian crushed their opponent 7-0.
Digitas beat the undefeated Leo Burnett in to win in the season finale and take home the coveted Copa de Chicago.
There will be Watch Parties all around Chicagoland for the UEFA Champions League Final but this one fell on our radar.