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The Chicago Fire Academy: Developing youth soccer players in a professional setting

March 5, 2012 1 comment

(By Jill Jacoby and Jeremy Mikula)

The Chicago Fire’s Youth Academy looks to produce homegrown talent for the MLS club by fostering local talent in a professional development setting.

Like nearly 17.5 million American children, Victor Pineda, 18, grew up playing soccer in his hometown of Bolingbrook, Ill. While most kids only dream of playing elite soccer, Pineda took his professional aspirations to the Chicago Fire’s youth academy, a part of Major League Soccer’s recent attempt to recruit and train young American talent. Read more…

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The Inner-City Debate: Where should youth soccer players be recruited from?

March 5, 2012 1 comment

(By Jill Jacoby and Jeremy Mikula)

As director of the Chicago Fire Academy (CFA), Larry Sunderland’s main job is to scout out and find the best young soccer talent in the Chicagoland area.

One major point of debate when it comes to developing soccer players in the U.S. is where youth players are recruited from. Should teams recruit in suburban areas — where organized club soccer is dominant — or should they scope out the local urban talent? Read more…

Storify | Liverpool 6-1 Brighton: Reds advance in FA Cup

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

My Storify piece recapping Liverpool’s 6-1 win over Championship side Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

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Harry, Martin lead No. 22 DePaul women’s basketball over Villanova 79-73

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

CHICAGO — It may have been Villanova coach Harry Perretta‘s 1,000th game coaching the Wildcats and Anna Martin‘s 21st birthday, but it was Katherine Harry‘s game that stole the show for the No. 22 DePaul Blue Demons as they capped off a 79-73 Big East win at McGrath-Phillips Arena Wednesday night. Read more…

CSN’s Chris Clark talks about Comcast, online sports journalism

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Chris Clark has been in online sports media long enough to know the ins and outs of the business, and he told an Online Sports Journalism class from DePaul University just how Comcast SportsNet keeps its head above water as a converged newsroom. Read more…

4 examples of great online sports storytelling

January 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Online sports reporting can be anything from good to lazy to in-depth. And, some of the best online sports coverage comes from outside the mainstream media. Here are four examples of good online sports storytelling, two from the mainstream press and two from independent websites. Read more…

Hillsborough: Liverpool Echo’s microsite on the stadium crush that killed 96

January 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A good online sports package similar to PBS’ coverage on the business of the NCAA Tournament is the Liverpool Echo’s microsite on Hillsborough, the 1989 stadium crush that resulted in 96 deaths and 766 injuries at a soccer match in Sheffield, England. Read more…