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Mike Matkovitch: Chicago Fire Juniors Academy Staff Coach Visits KFJ Winter Training

On February 9, 2014 the Kentucky Fire Juniors (KFJ) welcomed Chicago Fire Juniors Academy and Staff Coach, Mike Matkovitch, to the KFJ winter training located at Mockingbird Valley Sports Complex.  Mike Matkovitch was in town to attend the University of Louisville Coaching Symposium.  The Chicago Fire asked that Coach Matkovitch to oversee the training at KFJ while in Louisville, at the request of the Kentucky Fire Juniors, and speak to players and coaches during his visit. Coach Matkovitch also had a chance to train our U14  and U15 boys teams in the afternoon at MVSC!  Additionally, two KFJ players from our U16 girls team participated in this training as well!


Coach Matkovitch has been the Head Coach for the United States Men’s U18 National team, Assistant Coach for 3 teams in MLS including the Chicago Fire and NSCAA Coach of the  year.  His wealth of expertise is respected all over the Country, and many of his former club players have gone on to have successful professional and college careers.  Mike will take the information he gathered on his site visit to KFJ back to the Chicago Fire Juniors Staff, and provide more feedback to our KFJ staff coaches on additional ways to enhance the player development that our KFJ Staff continue to offer players in our club.


On behalf of all KFJ Coaches, I would like to extend our thanks to Coach Mike Matkovitch for the time spent with our KFJ players and coaches, and look forward to seeing him again when he is in Kentucky!


Mike Dickey

Technical Director

Kentucky Fire Juniors