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2020 Puri Champions Cup MOVED TO JUNE 26-28, Puri Cup College Showcase MOVED to JULY 24-26


Application for the 2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered by Puma, June 26-28- NEW DATE! - Click on logo to Apply

2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered by PUMA,  WILL NOW BE PLAYED ON JUNE 26-28th.  

U8-U19 Boys and Girls.  Last year was the 2nd largest tournament we have ever had with 535 teams participated

Application Deadline Thursday,  Monday, May 25th

Application are now open.   Last 4 years we have had too declined teams because we have had too many teams apply so don't be left behind be ready to apply as soon as the application is opened.

U12 Boys & Girls can choose to play 9v9 OR 11v11. Please select the right playing numbers when you apply.

U8 Boys & Girls Can choose to play 4v4 or 7v7.  Please select the right playing numbers when you apply.

Great tournament for all of your club's teams from top to bottom since we typically have four level of flights for all age groups.  

Playoffs for 8U-14U and Awards for all age groups.  15U and Older awards will be given out after the three round robin games.  All Bracket winners will Receive team and individual awards.  Team and Individual awards for 1st and 2nd Place teams in the 8U-14U age groups.

2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered by PUMA,  June 24-26th Weekend:  Tournament Entry fee:

U8-U10 (7v7) - $550 plus parking fee of $50
U11-U12 (9v9) - $600  plus parking fee of $50

U12-U14 (11v11) - $675 plus parking fee of $60
U15-U19 (11V11) - $720  plus parking fee of $60

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2020  Puri Cup College Showcase Powered by PUMA  SCHEDULED FOR April 3rd-5th  HAS BEEN POSPONED AND MOVED TO JULY 24-26th. All Fees, Age Groups etc will remain the same.  

ALL GAMES AT MERCY HEALTH SPORTSCORE 2 COMPLEX.  ONE DAY PER DAY FOR ALL TEAMS.  

Application Deadline: Monday, June 15th

12U-19U Boys and Girls. 

12U  will play 9v9 or 11v11 full 70 minute games

13U-14U will play full 70 Minute games

15U-19U will play 80 Minute games

12U-14U will have playoffs and awards for 1st and 2nd place teams

15U-19U Will be College Showcase format with three games and no playoffs.

Hoping for Great competition, good number of college coaches, and one location for all of the games (Mercy Health Sportscore 2

2020 Puri Cup College Showcase Powered by PUMA,  JULY 24-26th Entry Fees

$750 plus parking fee of $60 per team 2007-2000 (13U-19U)

$625 plus parking fee of $50 per team for U12 Playing  9v9 Format

NEW DATE-2020 Puri Cup College Showcase powered by Puma, JULY 24-26 - Link to Apply ASAP! NEW DATE!


Click logo to APPLY 2020 Puri Cup College Showcase on July 24-26th NEW DATE!

Clink on logo to apply for the 2020 Puri Cup College Showcase (NEW DATE) JULY 24-26TH

NEW DATE BUT SAME GREAT EVENT THAT WE NORMALLY RUN IN APRIL.  ALL GAMES AT MERCY HEALTH SPORTSCORE 2 COMPLEX.  APPLY ASAP SO YOUR TEAM DOESN'T GET LEFT BEHIND 

All Rockford Raptors FC Activities suspended until April 15th- INCLUDING THE PURI COLLEGE SHOWCASE powered by Puma NOW MOVED TO JULY 24-26TH & PURI CHAMPIONS CUP powered by Puma NOW MOVED TO JUNE 26-28th

DUE TO THE LATESTS INFORMATION ALL ROCKFORD RAPTORS ACTIVITIES WILL BE SUSPEND UNTIL APRIL 15TH.  THIS INCLUDES ALL OF OUR EVENTS AND THE PURI COLLEGE SHOWCASE ON APRIL 3RD-5TH (NOW MOVED TO JULY 24-26TH) & PURI CHAMPIONS CUP ON APRIL 17-19TH (NOW MOVED TO JUNE 26-28TH)

HERE'S THE LATESTS INFO FROM UNITED STATES SOCCER FEDERATION AND  IYSA 

COVID-19 Suspension Of Play - Update March 16

Illinois Youth Soccer Run Activities Suspended Until At LeaSt April 15

Due to the significant changes of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all Illinois Youth Soccer sanctioned activities are suspended until at least April 15, 2020.

 Activities include but are not limited to games, practices, tournaments, tryouts, travel permits, tournament passes, events, etc. Any activities conducted prior to April 15, 2020 would be considered not sanctioned by Illinois Youth Soccer and will not be covered by Illinois Youth Soccer insurance.

Thank you for your cooperation to protect our soccer family.

The Illinois Youth Soccer office will be closed until at least Monday, March 30. All staff will be working remotely and can be reached via email to serve our membership. You can find a staff email listing here.

This decision has been made in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals based on the ongoing and rapid acceleration of the coronavirus.  As the number increases, the Board of Illinois Youth Soccer has decided to exercise caution in the interest of our soccer family.  . 

Please follow the advice and guidance from your local health department. For more information on the current status across the country and measures you can take, go to:

Thank you for patience and co-operation.

Any additional information regarding a return to normal activities will be posted here as they become available. Individual teams will also be contacted by their coach. 

Additionally, we decided to move the 2020 PURI Cup College Showcase Powered by Puma scheduled for April 3rd-5th to JuLY 17TH-19TH for all of those teams that could attend.  Further information will be forthcoming. 

US Soccer Corona Virus Update


Raptors Tryout dates

The tryout dates for all ECNL and club teams are now posted .   Field location and registration info will be available soon.

DATE AGE GROUP TIME  
SUN MAY 10TH 2008 THRU 2002 BOYS (U13 - U19) 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.  
       
MON MAY 11TH 2008 THRU 2006 BOYS (U13 - U15) 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.  
  2005 THRU 2002 BOYS (U16 - U19) 7:00 - 8:30 P.M.  
       
WED MAY 27TH 2006 GIRLS THRU 2002 GIRLS (U15 - U19) 5:15 - 6:45 P.M.  
  2008 THRU 2002 BOYS (U13 - U-19) 6:45 - 8:15 P.M.  
       
MON JUNE 8TH 2009 & 2010 BOYS & GIRLS (U11 & U-12) 5:15 - 6:45 P.M.  
  2006 GIRLS THRU 2002 GIRLS (U15 - U19) 6:45 - 8:15 P.M.  
       
TUES JUNE 9TH 2013 THRU 2011 BOYS & GIRLS (U8 - U-10) 5:15 - 6:45 P.M.  
  2007 & 2008 GIRLS (U13 & U-14) 6:45 - 8:15 P.M.  
       
WED JUNE 10TH 2007 & 2008 GIRLS (U13 & U-14) 5:15 - 6:45 P.M.  
  2006 GIRLS THRU 2002 GIRLS (U15 - U19) 6:45 - 8:15 P.M.  
       
MON JUNE 15TH 2013 THRU 2011 BOYS & GIRLS (U8 - U10) 5:15 - 6:45 P.M.  
  2009 & 2010 BOYS & GIRLS (U11 & U12) 6:45 - 8:15 P.M.

 



Raptors Girls 08 Win the IFJ Turf Classic 2020


Raptors Boys 03 beat FCW 03 boys in there First ECNL-Midwest Conference game Sat 3/8/20


Playing in there first ECNL-Midwest Regional game the Raptors Boys 05 beat FCW 4-1 on Saturday. Great way to start ECNL season and Good Luck this Upcoming Sat & Sunday against MTA

Fine designs Online Store for tournament apparel for Puri Cup College Showcase Powered by Puma, April 3-5th.


Click on logo for 2020 Puri Cup College Showcase online store

We will have onsite apparel for purchase at 3 locations during the tournament but if you prefer or forget please see the links below to order online.

-2020 Puri Cup College Showcase Powered by Puma  (4/3/-4/5/20): 

https://store.finedesigns.com/midwestern/2020-puri-cup-college-showcase.html

-2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered by Puma  (4/17-4/19-2020): 

https://store.finedesigns.com/midwestern/2020-puri-champions-cup.html

Fine designs tournament apparel on line store for both weekends:


Click on logo for 2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered By Puma online store

We will have onsite apparel for purchase at 3 locations during the tournament but if you prefer or forget please see the links below to order online.

-2020  Puri Cup College Showcase Powered By Puma (4/3-4/5/20): 

https://store.finedesigns.com/midwestern/2020-puri-cup-college-showcase.html

 

-2020 Puri Champions Cup Powered by Puma  (4/17-4/19-2020): 

 https://store.finedesigns.com/midwestern/2020-puri-champions-cup.html

 

 

Another Great Accomplishment on Raptors Class 2016 player. She just continues to make us all very proud of her and we can't wait to see what's next

 

Written by Calvin Wetzel from the "Her Hoop Stat"


#TwoSports #ThreeStories
Tales of Division I Decisions and Dual-Sport Dominance from Three Extraordinary Athletes

There are 3,323 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players that qualify for the Her Hoop Stats minutes per game leaderboard this season. The collective group would only fit into half of the Ivy League arenas. But the number of those that have played another Division I sport? They would likely fit into your car.

As Kansas State head volleyball coach Suzie Fritz puts it, “That’s a very, very difficult endeavor that is probably limited to a handful of people.” Handful, indeed—the word is only fitting for a group that you can count on one hand. There are three of them, to be exact. Three ultra-talented athletes who are better at their second sport than most are at their first.

The multisport tie that binds aside, each one has a unique story.

McKaela Schmelzer 
Redshirt Junior Guard, UW-Milwaukee 
3.7 PPG, 2.5 APG, 35.7 3P% 
Photo Credit: UW-Milwaukee Athletics

There’s being in shape, there’s being in Division I-athlete shape, and there’s being in two-sport-Division I-athlete shape. Then, there’s McKaela Schmelzer.

Schmelzer is perhaps the only player on this list who runs less in basketball than in her other sport. “She’s probably the most conditioned athlete I’ve ever coached at any level,” said UW-Milwaukee head women’s basketball coach Kyle Rechlicz.

“Training, in the weight room, fitness—I mean that kid loves to compete,” added UW-Milwaukee head women’s soccer coach Troy Fabiano.

Schmelzer’s college decision is a quintessential story of coming full circle. After originally committing to play soccer for UW-Milwaukee during her sophomore year of high school, a change in the Panthers’ coaching staff led her to reopen her recruitment. Before long, Northern Illinois swooped in and Schmelzer was all set to become a Husky.

Then came the final months of McKaela’s high school basketball career. Around January of her senior season, she realized that she wasn’t ready to give up basketball just yet. Northern Illinois wasn’t keen on the two-sport idea, and thus began another period of open recruitment. When Rechlicz heard about Schmelzer’s decision, she didn’t hesitate. “I absolutely jumped on the opportunity,” Rechlicz said, “because she’s just such a competitor.”

Such a competitor, in fact, that breaks from workouts are more nuisance than respite. “You try to take her out of a drill because you want to manage her minutes, and she loves to give you a dirty look,” Fabiano said.

It’s a relentless work ethic that’s accompanied by humility and a drive to improve. During an attacking drill in a soccer practice last season, McKaela was losing the ball a bit too frequently. Fabiano quipped, “Wow, you’re a point guard in basketball?”

Schmelzer’s response? “Yeah, but did you see how many turnovers I have?”

“That’s the type of person she is; she doesn’t sell something she’s not,” Fabiano said. “She doesn’t throw her teammates under the bus … she just wants to get better.”

Rechlicz sees the same determination on the basketball court. “I think part of that is due to soccer, and I also think part of that is due to who McKaela is as a person,” she said. “Being as competitive as she is, she never lets something hold her back.”

Schmelzer’s number one piece of advice for young athletes would be to have that same mindset: “Don’t ever let anybody tell you no.”

The one time when McKaela will tell you no is when you ask her if one of the sports is her favorite. “I don’t think I’ve ever given anybody an answer,” she said. “Whichever one I’m in I love, like with a passion.”

After redshirting her freshman year of basketball, Schmelzer will return next year for one more season before graduating with a degree in biomedical engineering. Her collegiate soccer career is over, but Fabiano sees potential for more soccer in her future. “If she wants to be, she could be a pro,” he said. “She has all the tools.”

Congrats to Raptors GK Tim Trilk for Signing Professional Contract with Chattanooga Red Wolves SC



Raptors Girls 05 at National League Showcase in Florida


Raptors Girls G04 at National League Showcase in Florida


Raptors Girls G02 at National League Showcase in Florida


Rockford Raptors Boys 04 ECNL National Event Florida


Raptors Boys 03 ECNL National Event in Florida


Rockford Raptors Boys 02/01 ECNL National Event Florida

High School Boys Tryouts

Players who are interested in trying out for the Raptors Club and ECNL High School age boys teams, please contact the below coaches to set up a try out time.

2005 Boys: Nick Roman : nickroman12188@gmail.com or Eddie Garza: eduardo.garza12.eg@gmail.com

2004 Boys: Louie Mateus: lmateus@comcast.net or Vee Jevremovic: vladajev20@gmail.com

2003 Boys: Frank Mateus: frankmateus3@gmail.com or Eron Harvey:  eronh13@gmail.com

2002/01 Boys: Hugh Ward: shuggy6@comcast.net or Brian Denu: bdenu@sdb.k12.wi.us



Raptors Boys 2008 (12U) WI Rush Octoberfest 2019 Finalist


Thank you for supporting our event!

The Rockford Raptors would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Inaugural Raptors Golf Outing. We are grateful for our sponsors, the 72 golfers who took the course, to those who donated their time and services, and we're especially grateful to all of our club families who generously donated gift baskets to our silent auction and raffle prizes. Without the support of you this event would not have been possible! 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the second annual event in 2020! 

 

 



Raptors Girls 2011 (9u) Crystal Lake Force Classic Champs


Raptors Boys 2010 (10U) Champs at Crystal Lake Force Classic

Raptors Gu23 Win Region II Tournament of Champions-Regionals -Open Women's


Click on the Team Picture to watch the Championship game

The Rockford Raptor Gu23 are Regional Champs after winning the Region II Tournament of Champions tournament vs Detroit Sun Reserve in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Sunday July 28th.  The  Game was  Streamed Live and here's the link to watch the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R0xedb6-Yg

 

Raptors Finished first in there group by beating   Fort Wayne 4-0 and Detroit Sun 2-1.  The Raptors advanced into the finals by beating  Louisville 2-0 in the Semi-finals which set up a rematch against Detroit.  In the Championship game the final score once again was 2-1 for the Raptors but this time this was after PKS Shoot out win 

Congrats Raptors Girls U23 and all of those who participated

 

2007 Boys Finalists at USA Cup Weekend

The 2007 Boys team lost in the Championship game to Team Chicago at the USA Cup Weekend Tournament in Blaine , MN . Congrats to the team! The team is coached by Scott Anderson and Marc Scordato.

2007 Boys at the USA Cup

Raptors Gu23 IL State Cup Women's Runners Up


Raptors Gu23 2nd in Women's State Cup Open 2019

Rockford Raptors Gu23 are IL Women's State Cup Runners Up after a 1-0 defeat to Chicago City yesterday at Wheeling High School.  Raptors Started the State Cup run with a great 4-3 win over last year's State Cup Champs IL Monarchs and followed that up with a great 5-1 performance over Elgin Pumas before falling to Chicago City in the Finals.  Raptors will represent IL next weekend July 27-28 in Forth Wayne, Indiana in the Tournament of Champions, Regionals.  Good Luck Raptors !

 

BOYS & GIRLS CLASS OF 2019 COLLEGE SIGNING CLASS TOTAL 35 STUDENT ATHELETS

The Rockford Raptors would like to remind everyone about the class of 2019 boys and Girls college signing today, Wednesday July 17th at 5:30pm on Field 3 which for a total of 35 student athletes that will go on to play college soccer this upcoming fall.  

Here's a list of the class of 2019 that will be playing at the college level this fall:

BOYS Girls 
   
CJ COUPER: LEWIS UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 2 BROOKE PARNELLO: UW MILWAUKEE NCAA DIV 1
ANDY VOLK:  CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 2 JULIA BARENBAUM: LEWIS UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 2
VICTOR GUERRERO: CARTHAGE COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 KATIE HAYNER: LEWIS UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 2
JOHN COLL: LORAS COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 JESSICA REDINGTON UW PARKSIDE NCAA DIV 2
COLIN BEATTY: LORAS COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 BRINLEY HEFTY: PURDUE NORTHWEST NCAA DIV 2
ALEXIS GARCIA: BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 3 BELLA GREENE PURDUE NORTHWEST NCAA DIV 2
ANTHONY BUFFINGTON: CARROLL UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 3 GABBY JUNOD: LORAS COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3
EVAN THEIEN: UW PLATTEVILLE NCAA DIV 3 ANJELICA ORTIZ: AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 3
COOPER JEVREMOVIC: LORAS COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 PAIGE LOCKHARD: ROCKFORD UNIVERSITY NCAA DIV 3
JACK FAIRWOOD: NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 MEIKEYLA KORF: CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY WI NCAA DIV 3
NATHAN WEBSTER: CARTHAGE COLLEGE  NCAA DIV 3 LEAH STARNES: CENTRAL METHODIST UNIVERSITY NAIA
ZACH RUBIO: CARTHAGE COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 GABBY CHRISTIDIS ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY NAIA
COLE DUNN: UW PLATTEVILLE NCAA DIV 3 MADDIE GASSO: ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY NAIA
ZEUS HUERTA LORAS COLLEGE NCAA DIV 3 MADDIE BLUMHOFF: ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY NAIA
BRADY KATZENBERGER: UW -PLATTEVILLE NCAA DIV 3 HALLIE NELSON: ST. AMBROSE UNIVERSITY NAIA
ISAAC BROWN: UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS NAIA JACKIE GALVAN: ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE NJCAA
ALAN RUBIO: ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY NAIA  
JADEN ANDUJAR: VITERBO UNIVERSITY NAIA  
BERNARDO DOMINGUEZ: ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE NJCAA  



Raptors Girls 04 Win IL Cup on PKS



Raptors Boys 06 & Family and Friends Arrive at Ponta Delgada Airport earlier this morning



Rockford Raptors fC have been accepted into the Boys Elite Clubs National League

BOYS ECNL ANNOUNCES IMPRESSIVE LIST OF NEW MEMBER CLUBS FOR 2019-2020

18 New Clubs and a New Conference to Debut

RICHMOND, VA (March 20, 2019) – The Boys Elite Clubs National League (Boys ECNL) is excited to unveil a significant class of nationally-renowned clubs joining the rapidly growing youth platform for the 2019-2020 season, including the creation of a new conference.   

Adding to recently announced new members Minnesota Thunder Academy and Loudoun Soccer, the Boys ECNL will add 16 additional clubs that are proven top-level performers for the fall.  Collectively, these clubs have developed hundreds of players for NCAA Men’s Soccer programs and will immediately elevate the on-field standard within the league. 

In addition, the Boys ECNL has created a new Northwest Conference to be launched this fall, stretching the league footprint to fully cover the United States from coast to coast in a meaningful way, brokering opportunities for powerhouse clubs in an exploding soccer market to join its ranks.  

The full list of new member clubs of the Boys ECNL for the 2019-2020 season is below: 

Charlotte Soccer Academy (NC) Minnesota Thunder Academy (MN)
Crossfire Premier (WA) Pacesetter Soccer Club (OH)
Discoveries Soccer Club (SC) Pacific Northwest SC (WA)
Eastside FC (WA) Palm Beach United (FL)
FC Alliance (TN) Rockford Raptors FC (IL)
FC Golden State (CA) Seattle United (WA)
LA Breakers (CA) Snohomish United (WA)
Loudoun Soccer (VA) STA (NJ)
Manhattan Soccer Club (NY) Washington Premier (WA)
 

Former Raptor wins NCCAA National Championship.

Former Raptors player Lexi Zambrano attends and plays college at Trinity Christian College. her team just won the NCCAA Division 1 National Championship.

Former Raptor wins College National Championship
State Cup Champions!

Raptors U17 Girls win State Cup

The Raptors U17 Girls team beat Crystal Lake Force Elite+ 3-2 after extra time in  the State Cup Final.

The team will now compete in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships in Saginaw, MI on June 21st thru 26th, 2019.


Want to join the Raptors?

Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts?  It may not be too late!  Please contact one of our Directors for information.

Frank Mateus - FrankMateus3@gmail.com

Hugh Ward - Shuggy6@comcast.net


Raptors FC Offers Three Levels of Programs - Which is Best for Your Child?

Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child.  Contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you, Raptors FC Staff

Proud to be Raptors FC

 

 

•More than 300 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.

 

•3 former players now play in the MLS

 

•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club

•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club

•TopDrawerSoccer.com has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country

•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team

•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team

•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.

•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.

•National Champions (2 times)

•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005

•Regional Champions (5 Times)
 

The History

•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.

•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.

•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids

•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.

•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.

•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.

•2009 Raptors  named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)

Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor

 

 

Rockford Raptors FC

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