Success in Coach Jesse's Final Tournaments for Team Chicago!
Over the later half of May’s weekends, Team Chicago-Recife U9 and a U10 hybrid of Team Chicag-Fluminense, Brasil Boys, and Corinthians traveled to Decatur to compete in the Midstate Cup as well as staying closer to home for the Oswego Soccer Classic. The boys did a fantastic job displaying their skills through inconsistent weather, roster and rule changes, and other challenges that tested the boys’ technical ability, teamwork, and positional versatility.
Each team’s championship final came down to the wire in one goal or overtime thrillers, and when all was said and done they each earned one runner’s up medal and Recife came away champions at Midstate. While playing against teams that already use full-time goalies and positional players, one beautifully telling stat projects the boys’ overall knowledge and ability. Through the two tournaments, Fluminense and Recife used 9 and 8 different players in goal and had 8 and 9 different goal scorers respectively.
Congratulations to the boys and Head Coach Jesse Salazar for a great Team Chicago showing.
On a sadder note we have to announce that Coach Jesse is leaving Team Chicago. Jesse has been an integral part of Team Chicago as well as WAA soccer and PlayUSA over the past decade. Having coached everything from the youngest boys to the oldest girls in Team Chicago as well as WAA Rec and taught speed and agility classes for WAA Jesse has been an institution within the organization.
We want to thank Jesse for all his tireless work and wish him all the best in his new gig at La Grange Celtics. Jesse will be joining another former Team Chicago legend – Andrew Taylor – who is the Assistant Director of Coaching for the Celtics.