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Botafogo Tops MRL First Division!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 17, 2010 7:14PM PDT

Team Chicago Academy-Botafogo won all 3 Midwest Regional League games in Oconomowoc, WI this weekend to take the lead in the Division.

Saturday Mid-Rivers United was defeated 2-1 on goals by Molly Piech and Dani Pitaro assisted by Zoey Goralski (2), Jorie Clawson, and Gianna Dal Pozzo followed by a 3-1 win over WC Academy on goals by Zoey Goralski, Kendall Wilde, and Dana Miller assisted by Hope D’Addario and Kaitlin Johnson.

Sunday Botafogo easily defeated St. Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) 5-0 on goals by Jenna Romano (2), Zoey Goralski, Zoe Ekonomou, and Darby Moran while Kiley Dunning picked up the shutout in goal.

Next weekend Botafogo travels to Grand Rapids, MI for the final 3 MRL games, and 2 wins and a tie will be enough to win the Division and secure promotion to the Premier Division for the 2011 season.

Team Chicago Soccer Club & Accelerated Rehabilitation are excited to offer the following program:

"An Engaging Presentation on Sports-Related Concussions"

Wednesday 10/20/10



Please, join us for a talk about the latest research in sports-related concussions, how to prevent them, and how to care for them.

The talk will be hosted by Elizabeth M Pieroth, Psy.D., ABPP-CN is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist practicing out of the Midwest Center for Concussion Care (MWCCC) in Oak Brook. The MWCCC was founded in 2007 due to the lack of integrative care available to individuals who have suffered a cerebral concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois- Champaign and obtained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in 1997. She then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Division of Neuropsychology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. Dr. Pieroth is a Diplomate with the American Board of Professional Psychology- Clinical Neuropsychology. She has extensive experience in the evaluation of various neurological and psychiatric disorders, particularly traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion. She has been involved in the assessment of players in the National Hockey League since 1997 and is the Head Injury/Concussion consultant to the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Northwestern University. Dr. Pieroth has written on neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation psychology. She and her husband have two small boys who are involved in various sports, particularly hockey.

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Internacional Beat Galaxy 1-0 in MRL Play!

Posted by Phil Nielsen at Oct 8, 2010 9:42PM PDT

Team Chicago Academy-Internacional beat Galaxy 1-0 in MRL play on Friday night. Alena Sidwell got the game-winner with 10 minutes left assisted by Kiley Czerwinski and Alexis (AJ) Jakuszewski.

Hannah Parrish recorded the shutout in goal.

Team Chicago Soccer Club and Martial Arts Training Service (MATS) are excited to announce a partnership, which will allow Team Chicago Academy players access to a soccer-oriented Judo training program at a reduced rate.

Ajax Amsterdam, generally regarded as one of the top youth development schemes in the world, has implemented a Judo program for all its players, to assist them in both improving their own body control and the ability to manipulate an opponent’s body within the confines of the FIFA Laws of the Game.

The Ajax Judo program has been wildly successful, so Team Chicago is excited to be able to facilitate a similar program for our players.

The program will kick off with a demonstration at PlayUSA on Monday 10/18 7-8pm during the Academy Session. That night the Academy Session will run 6-8pm, with an hour on the field, and an hour on the small indoor field watching and participating in the demonstration. MATS will bring several of its top-level students to give our players and parents a chance to see the types of abilities a Judo program can foster.

After the demonstration MATS will host 4 Monday night 1-hour sessions in November & December at its Dojo on 55 Industrial Drive in Naperville. The cost for Team Chicago players and families is $65 for this program.

At the end of the program players who want to continue can either join the regular MATS classes, or if enough Team Chicago players are interested, a separate class will be formed.

Please, check out the MATS website at, and the following explanation of Judo

Meaning of Judo
Formalism and strict conduct are typical of traditional judo.

Judo: "The way of gentleness".
The word "judo" shares the same root ideogram as "jujutsu": "jū" (柔?), which may mean "gentleness", "softness", "suppleness", and even "easy", depending on its context. Such attempts to translate jū are deceptive, however. The use of jū in each of these words is an explicit reference to the martial arts principle of the "soft method" (柔法, jūhō?). The soft method is characterized by the indirect application of force to defeat an opponent. More specifically, it is the principle of using one’s opponent’s strength against him and adapting well to changing circumstances. For example, if the attacker was to push against his opponent he would find his opponent stepping to the side and allowing his momentum (often with the aid of a foot to trip him up) to throw him forwards (the inverse being true for pulling). Kano saw jujutsu as a disconnected bag of tricks, and sought to unify it according to a principle, which he found in the notion of "maximum efficiency". Jujutsu techniques that relied solely on superior strength were discarded or adapted in favour of those that involved redirecting the opponent’s force, off-balancing the opponent, or making use of superior leverage.

The second characters of judo and jujutsu differ. Where jujutsu (柔術, jūjutsu?) means the "art", "science", or "techniques" of softness, judo (柔道, jūdō?) means the "way" of softness. The use of "dō" (道?), meaning way, road or path (and is the same character as the Chinese word "tao"), has philosophical overtones. This is the same distinction as is made between Budō and Bujutsu. Use of this word is a deliberate departure from ancient martial arts, whose sole purpose was for killing. Kano saw judo as a means for governing and improving oneself physically, mentally, emotionally and morally. He even extended the physical principle of maximum efficiency into daily life, evolving it into "mutual prosperity". In this respect, judo is seen as a holistic approach to life extending well beyond the confines of the dojo.

Team Chicago Academy-Cosmos faced off against the TCSA Pumas in the U14 Girls championship game Sunday afternoon at the Great Lakes Soccer Challenge (Naperville Polo Club, Plainfield, IL).

The Cosmos struck first on a goal from Amelia W., followed by another goal by Katie B. to end the first half with a 2-0 advantage.

The Pumas came out more motivated in the 2nd half, but still couldn’t get through the midfield against Anna S. and Taylor L. Instead the Cosmos sealed the win on goals by Madie S. and Taylor L. Chauntelle J. earned the shutout in goal. The shutout in the final was the 3rd straight shutout for the Cosmos after wins against Galaxy 96-97 White (3-0) & TCSA Celtics (1-0).