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Michigan Fire Juniors Stars Shine in Disney
Dec 14 2014 - Brooke Medvecky



Contact: David Wood (616-723-2651) davidwood@michiganfirejuniors.com



Michigan Fire Juniors Stars Shine in Disney


MFJ Players Kadin Shaban, Tyler King, Claire Darby, Anna Bennett, Justine Bronkhorst and  Faith Mulder return after a successful five-day stint at the Disney Junior Showcase in Orland, Florida


CHICAGO (December 4, 2014) —  The journey began for the young Michigan Fire Junior players last summer, when hundreds of hopefuls took part in a three-day Identification Camp for talented players from the nine clubs in the Fire Juniors network. The players that shined in the camp were selected to form four ‘Fire Juniors Elite SC’ teams. The teams were invited to attend the prestigious Disney Junior Showcase in ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida from November 26-30, 2014.


The teams arrived in Florida on Nov. 26 and travelled to the National Training Center (NTC) in Clermont to train. The Fire Juniors Elite SC teams played friendlies against Florida Rush before taking to the practice field on Nov. 27 to develop team formations and set pieces prior to the showcase. The showcase kicked off on Friday, Nov. 28 with two days of group games, and semi-final and final games taking place on Sunday, Nov. 30. As a whole, the teams went 7-4-2, with 23 goals for and 18 goals against throughout the Showcase.


Individual team results include:


Fire Juniors Elite SC U13 Girls got off to an exciting start on Nov. 28 with a 3-2 win against Lakeland FC (FL) with goals from Mulder (MI Fire Juniors), Donovan (KY Fire Juniors), and Richards (CFJ City). In the 2nd game of the day the team fell 2-0 to Southern SA Chelsea (GA). The team finished their run in the showcase with a 1-0 victory over Charlotte United (NC) with a goal from Bronkhurst (MI Fire Juniors) and a clean sheet from goalkeeper Edson (CFJ West). The team secured second place in their group with 6 points (2 wins and 1 loss) but fell short of progressing to the semi-final by head to head results.


Roster: Cavins, Edson, Sauder, Rebhan, Devaux (CFJ West), Richards (CFJ City), Branch (CFJ North Gold), Bennett, Bronkhorst, Darby, Mulder (Michigan Fire Juniors), Donavon (Kentucky Fire Juniors), Clevenger, W. Freeman, H. Freeman, Mallin (Indiana Fire Juniors), Hanrahan and French (Louisiana Fire Juniors).


Fire Juniors Elite SC U13 Boys remained unbeaten in the group stages of the showcase. The boys defeated FKK Florida (FL) 3-0 with goals from Zucker (CFJ North), Kaput (CFJ West) and LeDoux (KY Fire Juniors). The team was held to a 1-1 tie against Charlotte United FC (NC) with a goal from Webster (CFJ City), and then beat Weston FC (FL) 2-1 with goals from Kaput (CFJ West) and Hagen (CFJ South). The team finished at the top of their group with 7 points (2 wins and 1 tie) and progressed into the semi-final. Despite a brave performance in the knock-out stages they were lost 2-1 to North Atlanta SA (GA) with a goal from LeDoux (Kentucky Fire Juniors).


Roster: Kaput, Cameron (CFJ West), Berhane, Webster, Malven (CFJ City), Biela, Livieratos, Miskinis, Seida, Dirienzo, Hagen (CFJ South), Boduch (CFJ North Gold), Zucker, Webley, Issar (CFJ North), Le Doux (Kentucky Fire Juniors), Shaban and King (Michigan Fire Juniors).


Fire Juniors Elite SC U14 Girls went 2-0 on their first day at the showcase; the team secured a 4-0 win over Florida Fire (FL) with goals from Conway (CFJ West), Durik (KY Fire Juniors), Jordan (CFJ North Gold) and Klehr (KY Fire Juniors). In game two, the team overcame Weston FC (FL) 3-2 with goals from Durik (KY Fire Juniors) and Klehr (2) (KY Fire Juniors). The girls suffered a 1-0 defeat against Triangle United (NC). The team finished 2nd in their group with 6 points (2 wins and 1 loss) and narrowly missed out on a semi-final place. 


Roster: Conway, Schuberth, Schade, Williams, Plesnicar, Straznickas (CFJ West), Guillen (CFJ City), Sharp, Dennis (CFJ South), Jordan (CFJ North Gold), Durik, Barber, Brown, Klehr (Kentucky Fire Juniors), Weldy, Nosler, Keaffaber and Stuart (Indiana Fire Juniors).


Fire Juniors Elite SC U14 Boys secured a 4-1 win in their first game against Chargers SC (SC), followed by a 1-1 tie against NASA 19 Elite (GA) . The team lost to Dallas Texans Pre Academy (TX) in their final league game and finished 3rd in their group with 4 points (1 win, 1 tie and 1 loss).


Roster: Heaton, Elster, Pranckus, S. Kilgallon, J. Kilgallon, Nicoski, Breier (CFJ West), Smith, Wallis, Jackson, Schenk (CFR), Castillo (CFJ North), Rampenthal, Laws, Malcolm, Harlow, T. Brown and G. Brown (Kentucky Fire Juniors)




Fire Juniors Elite SC is part of the Chicago Fire's emerging talent program. For more information visit www.chicagofirejuniorscity.com/femaleidcamp or www.chicagofirejuniorscity.com/maleidcamp

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Founded on the 126th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club prepares for its 18th Major League Soccer season with six major domestic championship titles including the 1988 MLS Cup and 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006 U. S. Soccer Open Cup, and 2003 Supporters Shield. Anchoring Chicago’s growing soccer fan base, the Fire play at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., located 15 miles from Chicago’s Loop.  www.Chicago-Fire.com.

Sparks Winter Training
Nov 06 2014 - Brooke Medvecky




       Jenison Soccer Zone 596 Baldwin Drive Jenison MI 49428

(Behind Meijer)


Age 4yrs – 6yrs Wednesdays  5:00pm - 6:00pm

Session 1: Dec 3,10,17 & Jan 14,21,28

Session 2: Feb 4, 11, 25 & Mar 4, 11


Age 7yrs – 9yrs Thursdays 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Session 1: Dec 4, 11, 18 & Jan 15, 22, 29

Session 2: Feb 5, 12, 26 & Mar 5, 12


Registration Options:

Session 1: $75

Session 2: $65

Discounted Rate of $125 if registering for both sessions!


   Sparks Trainers create a fun and challenging environment for beginners.  Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Technical Skill and Soccer Rules and Strategies are emphasized.       


Players need to bring a ball, soccer clothes, cleats, shin-guards and water.  


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Letter from Neathan
Sep 30 2014 - Neathan Gibson



Dear Fire Parents & Players


Welcome to our new MFJ Families and an extended appreciation to our returning families for your continued loyalty and support for our growing Michigan Fire Juniors ‘football’ program!


I would also like to thank everyone for your warm welcome to the MFJ soccer club, THANK YOU! I am excited to have been given this wonderful opportunity to oversee all soccer operations and guide YOUR club to becoming a more professionally run and proud organization. I am equally excited for the opportunity to work with Brian Roberts, Larry Sunderland and Jamie Lyons from Chicago Fire to strengthen and build your club “The Fire Way”.


We had a wonderful start to our season with a successful and efficient tryout process. We are sitting very healthy with 25 boys and 25 girls’ teams.


Our MFJ preseason training for both our girls and boys was also very successful giving our coaches the chance to work with the newly formed teams wrapping up both weeks with a club BBQ and fun games for all to enjoy! We ended preseason at the Quaker Invitational tournament where we gained much recognition and support from the Chicago Fire. With the support of CF we have been able to work on Player Identification programs and already have had multiple boys and girls players (u13-u17) invited to attend the Chicago Fire id Camp. These camps are designed to help the Fire identify players (from within our affiliates – MI, KY, IN, FL, AL, WI) to play at the next level. Our players were treated like professionals from the moment of check-in, housing set up, training session/topics, evaluations and team building activities. Staff (from all Fire club including MFJ Directors) worked alongside one another to help identify players to represent the Chicago Fire at the Disney event in November for the girls and boys teams.


We also celebrated a successful Inaugural Golf Outing a couple of weekends ago! Thank you to everyone who sponsored and attended this fun-filled event. It was a huge success raising money for those who are less fortunate, enabling them to play this beautiful game.



  A few housekeeping items:


  • Winter schedules are being worked on and will be shared once completed. Premier, DA and MRL teams will train at Soccer Zone. All select teams looking to train during the winter will be hearing from your respective coaches.
  • Uniforms look awesome! With the cold weather around the corner to please think of our club colors when purchasing your cold weather gear. If you have bought already not to worry.
  • Next season we will need players to wear Red under red game gear, white under white game gear and blue or black under the blue training gear.


I want to thank you all for your patience with our new uniform change.


Our fields are lined and cut with care! They look awesome! A special thanks to our families who help us with our concessions. Thank you!


I look forward to sharing our success together as we move forward together.


Dress warm! See you folks on the fields!



Yours in Soccer


Neathan Gibson



  • Look for another mailing soon –Coaching and Playing Philosophies
Neathan Gibson Becomes Executive Director
Apr 28 2014





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Technical Skills as Foundation
Jun 04 2013


By Dan McAllister

Technical Director 


Technical Skills are the foundation for every player in the game and is likely the biggest single area that will affect every player's opportunities to advance throughout their career. Technical proficiency is an ongoing process of first learning the proper technique of a skill, then the much longer process of perfecting it.


In an article by John Rennie from Duke University entitled "Taking it to the Next Level", John writes: "I view skill as receiving and playing balls under the pressure of defending players. A player must demonstrate skill under pressure in order to play at the collegiate level. Success or failure in this situation determines further evaluation." WOW!! If you CAN play with skill under pressure, then you have a chance for further evaluation. If you CAN NOT play with skill under pressure....WOW! Players must be constantly working on technical precision, or what I like to call "Ball Mastery."


The Michigan Fire Juniors, through the curriculum and guidance of the Chicago Fire organization, are committed to the technical training of our players. As the Technical Director, I have spent much of the past two decades studying what so many successful professional clubs are doing to develop their youth players. I have had first hand exposure to our own Olympic Development Program at the state, regional and national level and have paid very close attention to what our national team coaches at every level are asking us at the youth level to focus on and why. I have had indepth exposure to some of the world's most reknowned youth development programs such as the Liverpool Academy and how they develop their youth players in an attempt to prepare those players to play in the English Premier League one day. A huge amount of their focus is technical development.


Many of our US players do not get the opportunity to advance to the next level, which is different for every player, because of the inability to play technically fast with technical precision to match. Recently, my Cornerstone University Women's Soccer Team played the Haiti National Team. In assessing the play of their national team players, we determined that in virtually every element of the game, the Haitians were "faster" than most of our players. Their technical "speed" was effected by their supple, sure touches that so often put the ball just out of the reach of our defenders allowing them to maintain possession under our fierce pressure, dictate the flow of their attack without hindrance from us, and control the ball more than we were able to.


Another important element in terms of skill development is the focus on ball mastery of the basic skills, as opposed to the entertaining "tricks" with the ball that we all enjoy watching. While these are fun to learn, they typically have little to no application in the a game, and even when they are attempted in a game, they rarely do anything to positively affect the game. The most dangerous element in the game of soccer is Speed. However, it is not simply physical speed of the players that effect the game. Technical Speed, Mental Speed, Tactical Speed, and Vision are the key contributors to overall speed of play.


Our focus at the Michigan Fire Juniors in terms of technical development will be the foundation of our overall philosophy of Player Development. This year, with our U10, U11, and U12 teams (boys and girls) we are offering an in-season supplementary Technical Training session each week in order to further develop these young players technical skills. We have developed a skills monitoring program where we will offer testing to any of these players who choose to participate at least 3 times per year in 21 different skills. We believe this gives every player a good measure of where they are in terms of technical skills, an ongoing measurement of improvement, and a central focus on the most prominent skills the game demands from our players. We have also developed a "Skills Workout" package which is all available on the Michigan Fire Juniors website under Technical Training. All of these resources are openly available to all MFJ's players regardless of age/gender and all players and parents are encouraged to use them in your own development regardless of age or ability.


If you want to see someone special in terms of mastery of the ball, check out Messi here!  




Michigan Fire Juniors

PO Box 5

Hudsonville MI 49426




Michigan Fire Juniors

PO Box5

Hudsonville, MI 49426

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