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Marcelo Galvao- Technical Director

Email: [email protected] 

2020-21 Teams
Team Chicago Academy- 2004 Elite Girls
Team Chicago Academy- 2003 Elite Girls
Team Chicago Academy- 2002 Elite Girls 

On July 7, 2020, Team Chicago announced the hiring of Marcelo Galvao as the new Technical Director for Team Chicago. Marcelo brings years of experience as a player, coach and club director. His resume includes coaching at the professional level where his last professional position was at the Houston Dash.  At the Houston Dash, Marcelo had the opportunity to work with the great coach and mentor, Randy Waldrum, and coached players like Morgan Brian, Kealia Ohai, Carli Lloyd, Brittany Bock (Team Chicago alum) and others.  At the College level Marcelo has coached at Division I, III and NAIA college programs.

Marcelo's vision for Team Chicago is,“To create technically and tactically sophisticated players for high school, college, professional, and national teams in an environment that is fun, safe, ethical, and respectful."

Albert Martin- Director of College Placement

Freddie King- High School U14-U19 Director

2020-2021 Teams
Team Chicago Academy- 2007 Premier Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2006 Elite Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2006 Elite Girls
Team Chicago Academy- 2004 Elite Girls

Matt Suggitt- Director of the Youth Center of Excellence U11-U14

2020-2021 Teams
Team Chicago- 2008 Elite Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2007 Elite Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2007 Elite Boys

Matt Suggitt has built an international soccer reputation over the last 15 years that took root from his childhood dream. At the early age of 7, Matt was scouted by and subsequently joined the prestigious Leeds United Academy. There he found his first love - football. Matt’s character and soccer talent quickly developed at Leeds by being part of a world class Premier League academy system.

After leaving Leeds United Academy, Matt started to forge his soccer career at York City FC. While studying his FA Level 1 and 2 license coursework at York College he discovered his second love – coaching. Coach Matt was a natural coach and mentor and became one of the youngest coaches in UK history to achieve a UEFA B license. This led to him coaching all over the world including: Mexico City, Spain, New York City, Chicago, and London. 

While living in Chicago, Matt coached at Lake Forest College and Illinois ODP, and was the DOC of a high school aged club in Cary, IL.  While living in London, Matt worked as the Technical Director of Coerver West London. In late 2018, Matt and his family moved back to Chicago and he has continued to establish his reputation amongst high level athletes in Chicagoland.

These diverse and unique experiences created greater understanding of how culture influences each areas style of play. Matt’s keen insights and growth mindset have helped to develop best practices and ideas from around the world and gently integrating them into the US culture. Matt’s passion for the beautiful game is infectious and he is determined to keep igniting the flames in young players across the country. 

Matt lives with his wife, Jenny and daughter, Archer in Wheaton, IL.


  •  UEFA A License Prep Course
  •  UEFA B Coaching License 
  •  UEFA Youth Mods 1, 2 and 3                                                 
  •  USSF National B License
  •  Coerver Youth Diploma 1 & 2
  •  FA Level 1 Futsal
  •  FA Level 2, FA Level 1
  •  Coaching AwardFA Talent ID

Coaching Experience:

  •  Coerver Coaching Technical Director/Director of operations (UK)\
  •  Lake Forest College Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (IL)
  •  Director of Coaching FC Fusion (IL)
  •  Brighton & Hove Albion pre academy Coach (UK)
  •  Coerver IL Center of Excellence (IL)
  •  Illinois Youth Soccer ODP, Regional Coach (IL)
  •  UK Elite, Head Coach (New York)
  •  Bolton Wanderers International Academy, Coach (Spain)
  •  Leeds United Football Club, College Coach (UK)
  •  West Ham International Academy (Mexico)

Playing History:

  •  Leeds United Academy\
  •  York City Centre of Excellence
  •  York College Football Academy
  •  Tadcaster Albion 1sTeam
  •  Vikings Metro league (State Champions)

Magno Barreto- Academy U7-U10

Email: [email protected]

2020-2021 Teams
Team Chicago- 2013 Elite Boys
Team Chicago- 2013 Elite Girls
Team Chicago- 2009 Elite Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2006 Elite Girls
Team Chicago Academy- 2005 Premier Girls

Magno grew up playing soccer in Bahia, Brazil. Magno is the Team Chicago Skills Coach in addition to being the PlayUSA Skills Camp Director. He is also the manager of the PlayUSA Indoor Soccer Facility.

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Ed Leon- Team Chicago Juniors U4-U14

Email: [email protected]

2020-21 Teams
Team Chicago- 
2011 Elite and Premier Boys
Team Chicago Academy- 2007 Premier girls

College Playing Experience:
Eastern Illinois University Club - 1991-1993

Buena Vista Soccer Club: 1993-1995

Club Coaching Experience:
Naperville Soccer Association: 1994-2018

Coaching Education:
USSF National D

Club Coaching Accomplishments: Won 6 Illinois State Cups, 1 Midwest Regional, Assisted with 2 National Championship Qualifying Teams
Specializes in Cognitive Behavioral: Physical and Technical Development 

Diane Trahanas- 2008G Elite Coach

2020-2021 Teams
Team Chicago- 2008 Elite Girls

Coach Diane is the Assistant Women’s Coach for Chicago State University, which is a NCAA Div. 1 program. She has vast experience in developing young players in club and academy levels as well as working with Division 1 college players.

USSF “D” License

Currently coaching:
Players/teams Jr. Academy (4 yrs. old) – Semi Pro

Diane’s 5th year coaching and training competitive youth Club Soccer for girls and boys from ages 4-18 yrs. old in the Chicagoland area. She is the Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach at Chicago State University (DI) and the Head Coach of the semi pro team, MSC Peoria.

Diane graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.S. in Biology, and B.A. in Psychology. She earned a M.S. in Biotechnology, graduating summa cum laude from Rush University. She is a research scientist and has scientific journal publications on traumatic brain injuries, neuroscience and cardiovascular topics.

Playing Experience:
Diane has always been a multisport athlete: basketball, cross country, soccer, volleyball, track and field. She attended Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, IL where she lettered in basketball and soccer. She played four years of Varsity Soccer as a Midfielder/Forward and captain; her team won Regional and Sectional Championships. Her career continued at the Division I Level for the University of Illinois as a four year starter and team captain; leading her team in goals and assists. She continues playing basketball and soccer in competitive co-ed leagues and invitational tournaments for various charities.

Cristiano Costa- Director of Goalkeeping

Email: [email protected]

Playing Experience:
• 2010 – 2012 – Thunder Bay Chill, Canada PDL
• 2008 – 2010 – Judson University, USA
• 2009 – 2009 – FC Hansa Lüneburg,Germany
• 2008 – 2008 – Queen City Football Club, USA 
• 2006 – 2008 – Oklahoma Baptist University, USA
• 2002 – 2003 – Botafogo Football Club - PB; Brazil
• 2001 – 2002 – ABC Football Club, Brazil
• 2000 – 2001 – Club Canto do Rio, Brazil
• 1991 – 1999 – Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama, Brazil

Coaching Experience:

  • 2018 – 2020 – Chicago State University, NCAA DI (WAC Conference)
    • Head Women’s Soccer Coach
  • 2017 – 2017 – Chicago State University, NCAA DI (WAC Conference)
    • Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
  •  2016 – Fluminense Football Club in Dallas, TX – (Dallas Cup/Super Group)
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach
  •  2016 – Kokomo Mantis FC in Kokomo, Indiana – PDL league
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach/Assistant Coach
  •  2015 – 2020 – CSA Soccer Academy
    • Director of Goalkeeping
  •  2015 – Sport Club Corinthians Paulista in Dallas, TX – (Dallas Cup/Super Group)
    • Assistant Coach
  •  2015 – Crystal Lake Central High School
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach
  •  2013 – 2016 – Judson University in Elgin, IL
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach/Assistant Coach
  •  2013 – Thunder Bay Chill in Ontario, Canada – PDL League
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach
  •  2011 – 2014 – Tri Cities Soccer Association in Saint Charles, IL –
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach/Staff Coach 
  •  2010 – 2012 – Thunder Bay Chill in Ontario, Canada
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach/Staff Coach
  •  2009 – 2020 – Crystal Lake FORCE in Crystal Lake, IL
    • Head Goalkeeper Coach

Coaching Qualifications:

  • USSF National “E” License
  • USSF National “D” License
  • USSF National “C” License
  • GK Position Specific Coaching Clinic
  • Sport Club Corinthians Paulista (Professional Team) – 40 Hours internship
  • EXOS Formerly Athletes’ Performance – Phase I
  • Football Braining (Module 1)
  • Football Theory - Foundation

Educational background/College Degree(s):

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with minor in Accounting – Judson University in Elgin, IL 


• 1993 – 1994 – Regional Championship (Vasco da Gama / Carioca Mirim / Champion)
• 1995 – 1996 – Regional Championship (Vasco da Gama / Carioca Infantil / Champion) 
• 1995 – 1996 – Gazetinha in Espirito Santo, Brazil (Vasco da Gama / Champion)
• 1995 – 1996 – Light Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Vasco da Gama / Best GK of the tournament & Champion)
• 1996 – 1997 – World Tournament in Venezuela (Vasco da Gama / Champion)
• 1997 – 1998 – National Tournament (Vasco da Gama / National Champion – Rio Cup / Champion)
• 1997 – 1998 – Rio Cup (Vasco da Gama / Taça Rio de Juvenis / Champion)
• 1998 – 1999 – Macaé Cup (Vasco da Gama / Juvenil / Champion)
• 2001 – 2002 – Regional Championship (Professional - ABC de Natal / Champion)
• 2006 – 2007 – (Best Defense Player of the Week – GK 5x through the season) at Oklahoma Baptist University
• 2007 – 2008 – (Best Defense Player of the Week – GK 8x through the season) at Oklahoma Baptist University
• 2008 – Conference Champions (Best Defense Player of the Week – GK 3x through the season) at Judson University
2008 – Seven saves in NAIA National Tournament vs. Notre Dame (OH) recorded two shutouts against Huntington (9/12/08) and Robert Morris (10/25/08). Helped Judson to their 5th straight CCAC Tournament Championship and NAIA National Tournament.
• 2009 – NCCAA / (Champion) at Judson University
• 2009 – Regional Super Cup in Germany (FC Hansa Lüneburg / Champion)
• 2010 – Division, Conference, & Final four – PDL Thunder Bay Chill
• 2011 – Division, Conference, & Final four – PDL Thunder Bay Chill

Fun Fact:
A passion for playing guitar, cooking Brazilian food, and all things related to soccer.


Martin Harris- Staff Coach

Email: [email protected]

2020-21 Teams
Team Chicago 2010 Elite and Premier Boys

Playing Experience:
  • Waltham Forest District School Boys 2002 - 2006
  • University of Hertfordshire Mens 1st Team 2007 - 2010
  • University of East London Mens Team 2010-2012 
Coaching/Education Experience:
  • Bachelors Degree in Sports Studies
  • Masters PGCE Sports/Physical Education 
  • Tottenham Hotspur FC Pre Academy Coach 2012-2013 
  •  Fraser Soccer Club (MI) 2013-2015
  • Panthers Soccer Club 2015 - 2017
  • Chicago Rush Soccer Club 2017 - 2018
  • Oswego High School Junior Varsity Coach 2017 

Shannon DeNinno-Staff Coach

2020-21 Teams
Team Chicago 2009 Elite Girls
Team Chicago 2010 Elite Girls

Shannon DeNinno became the fifth Head Coach of the Aurora University women's soccer program in January of 2018. She comes to AU after six seasons as an assistant coach at Carnegie Mellon University.

In her six seasons as an assistant at CMU, the Tartans amassed an 82-19-12 overall record with six NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to three Sweet 16’s and one Elite 8. She helped guide CMU to two UAA conference championships, including the program's first.
Prior to her time at Carnegie Mellon, she spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo and a season as the women’s assistant at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where she helped guide the Bears to a #8 national ranking and a 19-2-2 overall record. That same year, Lenoir-Rhyne won the South Atlantic Championship, as DeNinno helped coach two All-Americans, the conference player of the year and freshman of the year.

DeNinno is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a minor in graphic design. She earned her master’s degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in May of 2011 in business administration.

As a player, DeNinno spent three seasons at the University of Tampa, where she won a Division II National Championship in 2007. At Tampa, she was part of a team that compiled a record of 52-7-6 in three seasons and appeared in 41 games. She finished her collegiate eligibility at Lenoir-Rhyne, where she was the team’s third-leading scorer with six goals and seven assists.
She went on to be a four-year member of the IMG W-League semi-pro team from 2004-07 and spent one season with the WPSL Clearwater Galactics semi-pro team in 2009 and served as team captain.

DeNinno also served as the Olympic Development Program Girls ’95 assistant coach in North Carolina. Her team advanced to the 2011 Final Four in Arizona. She completed the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma during the summer of 2017 after receiving the NSCAA National Diploma for completing the course in San Francisco, California, in 2014. She also holds a NSCAA Advanced Regional Diploma (2009) and participated in the NCAA Women's Coaches Academy in 2013.

Henry Cheung - Staff Coach

Email: [email protected] 

2020-2021 Teams
Team Chicago- 2004 Premier Girls

Coaching Experience:
• 2019 - Present - Newark High School - Head Varsity Boys
• 2017 - 2019 - Chicago Rush South 
• 2015 - 2017 - Three Rivers Soccer Club
• 2009 - 2012 - Morris Soccer Association

Playing Experience:
• Bentham School, Lancaster, England
• Grace Christian Academy, Kankakee, IL
• South China FC Juniors (Hong Kong) 

Coaching Qualifications:
• USSF National D License
• United Soccer Coaches - Level 1 Futsal Diploma
• United Soccer Coaches - 11v11 Formations and Systems of Play
• United Soccer Coaches - Goalkeeper Level 1 Diploma
• United Soccer Coaches - Attacking Principles of Play Diploma
• United Soccer Coaches - Defending Principles of Play Diploma
• Coerver Youth Diploma
• The FA Talent Identification Level 1
• Positive Coaching Alliance
• CDC Heads Up! Concussion Certification
• TOPSoccer Certificate
• SafeSport Certificate
• ASEP Certificate

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