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Meet some of our Chicago Blast and SMIA alumni:


Djordje Mihailovic

Montreal Impact

  • Professional MLS Player since 2017

  • Member, U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team

  • Member, U.S. Olympic Team

  • Former member, youth national teams - u17 and u19

  • Hometown: Lemont, IL

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Brian McBride

General Manager US Men's National Team at U.S. Soccer Federation

  • U.S. Men's National Team 5th highest all-time leading goalscorer 

  • Former member, Columbus Crew, Fulham Football Club, and Chicago Fire

  • Former member, St. Louis University Men's Soccer Team

  • Hometown: Arlington Heights, IL


Michael Stephens

U.S. Men's National Team Scout

  • Former member, UCLA soccer team

  • Named UCLA’s Rookie of the Year in 2006

  • Received Pac-10 Player of the Year honors

  • Former member, MLS Los Angeles Galaxy

  • Former member, Norway’s Stabæk

  • Former member, Chicago Fire

  • Former member, San Francisco Deltas

  • Former member, 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup

  • Represented the United States at the U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-23 levels

  • Hometown: Naperville, Illinois


Rigo Rojas

  • Former member, Liberty University soccer team

  • Former member, u-15 U.S. National Team

  • Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Jake Elliot

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Kicker, Philadelphia Eagles 

  • Super Bowl LII Champion

  • NFL Records: 

    • Longest field goal by a rookie: 61 yards

    • Longest field goal by a rookie in the playoffs: 53 yards

    • Longest field goal by a rookie in a Super Bowl: 46 yard

  • Former member, Memphis University Football

  • CoSIDA Academic All-American

  • Memphis Tigers all-time leader in field goals (71)

  • Hometown: Wester Springs, IL 


Louis St. John

  • Former member, Dayton University Men's Soccer

  • Hometown: Hinsdale, IL


Sasa Labovic

  • Former DePaul University soccer team

  • 2016-17 BIG EAST All-Academic Team

  • 2017-18 BIG EAST All-Academic Team

  • Named the BIG EAST’s Defensive Player of the Week

  • Former member, Chicago Fire Academy

  • First place at the Costa Rica International Cup

  • Hometown: Schererville, Indiana

Mauricio Pineda

Chicago Fire

  • Defender, Chicago Fire

  • A former player at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • U-18 and U-19 U.S. Men’s National Teams

  • All-ACC team each season during his four years with UNC

  • First-team honors in 2018 and 2019

  • United Soccer Coaches All-American second team in 2018

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL

  • Midfielder, Chicago Fire

  • Became the youngest Homegrown player to start a match for the Chicago Fire 

  • Hometown: Berwyn, IL

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Ian Becker

Occidental College

  • Captain of Hinsdale Highschool men's soccer team

  • Won many tournaments with the Chicago Blast Soccer Club

  • Committed to Occidental College in Los Angels California

  • Former member, Chicago Blast/Soccer Made in America training camps

  • Hometown: Hinsdale, IL


Aleksandra Mihailovic

Functional Medicine Field

  • Former midfielder/forward, University of New Mexico Division 1, scholar-athlete

  • Full scholarship recipient: Division I soccer and academics

  • Former four-year varsity soccer player at Lemont High School

  • Daily Southtown Player of the Year 

  • Functional Medicine CHC

  • Certified ACE Personal Trainer

  • Member of The National Society of Leadership and Success 

  • Nike Chicago Race_003 (Selected athletes)

  • Disney Marathon– finished top 10% in age group

  • Lululemon sponsored runner - SeaWheeze Half Marathon

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