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Chicago Fire assistant coach Mike Matkovich will lead the tryouts. PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / isiphotos.com
Chicago Fire assistant coach Mike Matkovich will lead the tryouts. PHOTO by Howard C. Smith / isiphotos.com


First Team Assistant Coach Mike Matkovich to lead Super-Y League Teams


CHICAGO, IL (June 11, 2010) – The Chicago Fire announced Friday the tryout date for the club’s 2010 Super Y-League teams, to be held Thursday, June 17 at TOYOTA PARK. The club’s First Team Assistant Coach Mike Matkovich will oversee the tryouts and all five teams through the 2010 USL Super Y-League campaign.

Recently named the Technical Director of the Chicago Fire Juniors South, Matkovich brings a wealth of experience in player development to the Fire’s Super Y-League teams. The current Fire Assistant Coach was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Coach of the Year in 2000 for his work with the Chicago Magic, where he led the club to a number of Super Y-League North American Championships. 

Matkovich also served as the Head Coach of the Chicago Fire PDL team from 2002-2006, recording a 79-15-4 record over his five seasons at the helm. Hailing from Frankfort, IL, Matkovich is currently the Head Coach of the United States U-18 Men’s National Team.

“I’m very excited to take charge of this important player development program,” said Matkovich. “The Super Y-League works well in concert with our CFJ programs and gives players more competitive regional matches and the chance to play teams from all over the continent in big game situations.”

Chicago Fire Super Y-League teams are supplemental to a player’s current club team and players

do not need to be part of the Chicago Fire Juniors program to participate. Teams will practice once a week from June 17-August 7 and play 10-12 matches. The cost of Chicago Fire Super Y is $400 per player.

Founded in 1999, the USL Super Y-League is the largest competitive youth league on the continent, providing elite regional competition for players from the U13-U17 age level. Clubs vying for qualification to the North American Finals held every November in Tampa, FL.

TRYOUT TIMES – June 17, 2010 – (Toyota Park Turf Field)

U16/17 Boys U16 – 8/1/93, U17 – 8/1/92 5:00 PM
U14/15 Boys U14 – 8/1/95, U15 – 8/1/94 6:00 PM
U13 Boys 8/1/1993 7:00 PM


The Chicago Fire Soccer Club was founded on October 8, 1997 as a Major League Soccer expansion team. The Fire won the MLS Cup in its inaugural season in 1998 and was crowned the champion of U.S. Soccer’s national tournament, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006. In June 2006, the Fire moved into its world-class home of TOYOTA PARK, located in Bridgeview, IL. For more information on the Chicago Fire, please visit the club’s official website at www.Chicago-Fire.com.


Located 15 minutes from downtown Chicago and minutes from Midway airport off of I-55 on Harlem Avenue, TOYOTA PARK is the Midwest’s preeminent outdoor live entertainment and sporting facility. Opened in 2006, TOYOTA PARK not only serves as the home of the Chicago Fire, but also hosts a variety of sporting events, special events and concerts by national and international artists. In 2009, artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Phish performed live at TOYOTA PARK. In 2010, TOYOTA PARK will again host Jimmy Buffet and Phish, while welcoming back Eric Clapton and his Crossroads tour.

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