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Welcome Zsolt Bertalan to the Michigan Fire Coaching Staff!
Welcome Zsolt Bertalan to the Michigan Fire Coaching Staff!
Davenport Futsal Tournament
Davenport Futsal Tournament

Davenport 3rd Annual Futsal Tournament





Welcoming New Club Sponsor
Welcoming New Club Sponsor



OAM/Metro Sports Medicine

New Coach Announcement!
Jan 06 2015 - Brooke Medvecky

Michigan Fire Juniors is very proud to announce the signing of Zsolt Bertalan as a new member of it's Professional Staff!  "Zsolt joins our expanding depth of highly experienced, and knowledgeable coaching staff, and will play a very important role as we continue to strive towards a fully professional club.  Our desire to be the benchmark club in Michigan, with a focus on player/person/team development in a holistic way are greatly enhanced with the addition of Zsolt to our team.  Zsolt's experience in developing excellent players is a direct result of his own personal drive for excellence as a coach.  We welcome Zsolt with great anticipation and excitement to our Fire Family".  


- MFJ Leadership Team






1. What excites you about joining the Michigan Fire Juniors?

      I am excited to open a new chapter in my coaching career by joining the Michigan Fire Juniors. I believe Neathan and his staff have established a clear vision in developing a professional environment that will benefit all families.  I am looking forward to being a part of a Fire staff that continues to grow and achieve new success. Having coached at different levels for nearly two decades I am excited to work for the same club with coaches whom I have been friends with for some time.


 2. What is your personal "Soccer Philosophy"?

     I believe that players need a good technical foundation, an excellent attitude, and a superior fitness level in order to find

success with the growing demands of the game.   A solid technical foundation is achieved by countless hours of practice and

repetition, until ultimate comfort with the ball is achieved.  A positive attitude must be learned at a young age, encouraging players to take on new challenges. All elite soccer players require a solid foundation of fitness, including speed,agility, and endurance. 


 3. What league is your favorite to watch? Who is your favorite team?

    I enjoy watching La Liga the most.  I have been a loyal A.C. Milan fan since the 1980s.


4. What are your thoughts on which is the best "Cup", The World Cup or the World Club Cup?

    The World Cup is the best "Cup". I love watching the stars of the game from the past.


5. Is there any ONE change in the game you would like to see happen?


    The shootout needs to be eliminated from the game. Teams tied after 90 minutes should play two extra time periods 9v9. Both teams could be allowed to make two.  



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.  


Register NOW: 


U7-U9 Players: 



U4-U6 Players:





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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