Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eclipse partners with Athletico, Illinois Bone & Joint Institute

Eclipse Select Soccer Club is proud to announce partnerships with Athletico Physical Therapy and the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI).

Athletico is the official provider of physical therapy and athletic training for Eclipse Select. Athletico’s services will entail an athletic trainer on site for training sessions, games and travel with the club’s elite teams. IBJI is the club’s medical partner and is the Chicago area’s leader for orthopedic care.

“We’re excited to form these partnerships with Athletico and IBJI,” Eclipse Select President Rory Dames said. “This will give our players 24/7 access to the best and professional physical care. Athletico’s reach among the professional and collegiate ranks within the Midwest is unparalleled, and IBJI particularly has served top-level Chicago area soccer for many years, including the Chicago Red Stars. Our club’s elite athletes and staff are privileged to have the opportunity to work together.”

For more, visit EclipseSelect.org.

FIFA U-20 World Cup-bound Tommy Thompson's game budding

U.S. U-20 MNT's Tommy Thompson
Former Sacramento Republic FC loanee Tommy Thompson was named to the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team’s World Cup roster earlier this month, and his first inclusion with the U-20s was a hectic experience.

Thompson made his U-20 debut at the 2014 National Training Center Invitational in mid-July, but he was not an original part of that tournament. Thompson was an alternate, and he was in the early stages of his USL loan with Republic FC when he received a call-up in the midst of the NTC Invitational.

“We had just played Richmond and I was on the bus when I got a phone call from an unknown number,” Thompson said. “I was on my way to play the Charlotte Eagles at the time, and the Federation asked me if I wanted to fly to L.A. to play with the U-20s against Bermuda and Australia. I said yes, if you can get me out there. So after the game against Charlotte, I booked a flight out directly after that game, took a cab, flew straight to L.A. and started against Bermuda.”

Read more at uslsoccer.com.

Friday, May 1, 2015

U.S. U-20 WNT call-up 'a dream' for Eclipse Select alumna Alexa Ben

DePaul's Alexa Ben
Eclipse Select alumna and DePaul freshman Alexa Ben (Schaumburg, Ill.) enjoyed a wonderful stretch during her opening collegiate campaign: Big East Conference title, Big East Freshman of the Year and an unbeaten streak through the entire regular season, to name a few. But one thing had been missing in Ben’s soccer career – a call-up to the national team level. That omission finally was put to rest.

Ben is coming off a weeklong camp with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., and the experience and recognition were something that she valued immensely.

“It meant a lot to me to be recognized,” Ben said. “I don’t think going into my college season that I would have expected this. It’s an amazing accomplishment, and it’s been a dream just to be called up. The experience there was a great process and learning experience, to play alongside 23 of the best players in the country there.”

For more, visit EclipseSelect.org.