Greater Libertyville Soccer Association

U23 Women's Program

The U23 women’s program provides a high level training environment throughout the summer months for players who are focused on being physically and mentally ready for college soccer.

The FC 1974 roster features current collegiate players who are preparing for their upcoming fall college seasons; in addition, graduating high school seniors entering college to play soccer will benefit from the u23 training program.

FC 1974’s u23 women’s roster has driven, dedicated players training and playing with other likeminded, serious soccer players. The team creates an incredibly unique feel and identity due to the merging and melding of all the different types of players and colleges they represent.
         *Training and league games are managed by Richard Drake, current GLSA/FC 1974 Staff Coach and Director of Goalkeeping College                  and a longtime NCAA Division I women’s soccer coach. Over his 16 year college coaching career, he has helped lead teams to                          numerous conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.
        *Over the past thirteen years, Drake has guided u23 teams to 4 Illinois State Cup Championships and 2 Regional Championships. He                   holds a USSF “A” License, NSCAA Premier Diploma and NSCAA Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

All training will be held at the Libertyville Township Soccer Complex, which holds over 10 well-maintained and top class full-size grass soccer fields, with many of them including lights.

Training: Sunday, 3-4:30pm and Thursday, 6:30pm-8:00pm League Games: Tuesday (6:30pm Kick-offs; 7 games, IWSL u23 League)

League Tournament/Friendly Matches: Saturdays- TBA

Training Begins: Sunday, June 4                 League Games Begin: Tuesday, June 6 (no game July 4)

Training Ends: Thursday, July 27                

Fee: $285 (covers training/game t-shirts, player pass fee, all league fees, field rental & ref fees)

Interested players: email Richard Drake at or call/text (312) 785-4776 

Indicate your college team, position(s) and t-shirt size

U23 Men's Program

Congratulations to U23 Men FC 1974 For Winning 2013 Regional Championship and Advancing to National Finals in San Antonio, Texas.
Congratulations on representing the club well in loss to FC Caribe at National Finals.

On their Championship run, the men lost their opening game 3-1 to Croatian Eagles from Wisconsin, we bounced back to beat Ann Arbor FC from Michigan to advance to the semifinal.  In the semifinal, the men beat Kansas City United Brass PDL team 1-0, where we played a man down for the last 15 minutes.  The other semifinal saw Louisville SA upset Croatian Eagles, which set up the final. With no subs due to injuries, and in the Kansas heat, the men prevailed 2-1.  They now will travel to San Antonio, July 18-21, to play for the National USASA Championship.  Semifinal Match has the Men pitted against a very strong FC Caribe side from Long Island, New York.
Good Luck Men!!!!!!!!
  Please email Robert with any questions about the Program or check back on this space for more information. 

Click the link below to read game summaries and the success for the u23s.

Meschbach Bio

Robert was an All-American at Gordon Tech High School. In 2 seasons, he scored 105 goals, 71 of those were scored in his final season, a national record.  Robert played for Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliega, but turned down a contract offer in lieu of a scholarship at Indiana University. Robert also played for Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliega.

At IU (Indiana Univ) , Robert became a 1st team All-American, and runner-up to the Hermann award (the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Robert had 61 total goals while at IU, leading the nation in scoring his senior year with 27.  Robert is IU's 4th all time leading scorer and 5th all time in points. Tied for 1st in single points in a season. Robert was also voted 3 times ISAA College Player of the week. In 1978 Robert was select to U20 National team. In 1980 Robert's senior season he was selected IU's most valuable player, selected to Senior Bowl east team, selected as one of the Nike Soccer America College most valuable players and was chosen by Walt Chyzowich to US Olympic Develop team. During his tenure at IU, the team had a 76-9-4 record with 2 final four appearances. 

In 1980, Robert was the first player drafted for the Chicago Horizon of the Major Indoor Soccer League. He also was a first round draft pick in the North American Soccer League to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers and opted to play for the Strikers. With the Strikers, Robert  won Rookie of the Year 1981, made the cover of Soccer America and was 2nd team All North American.  In 1982, he was voted NASL player of the week,  was selected to Team America  and was considered one of the top Americans in the NASL.  In 1984, Robert was traded to the Chicago Sting and helped them win the NASL Championship. Robert finished his professional career playing for the New York Cosmos, San Diego Sockers, and the Chicago Power.  In Robert's NASL career, he scored 16 goals, 9 assists for 37pionts. In his MSL(indoors) career with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Chicago Sting and New York Cosmos, in 34 games he had 25 goals 9 assists for 55 points. Robert was also selected to All Canadian Team honorable mention.

Robert has been fortunate enough to play with and against some of the greatest players to have ever played the game, Gerd Mueller, Franz Beckenbauer, Teofilo Cubillas, George Best,  Gordon Hill, Steve Highway, Carlos Alberto, Johann Neeskens and Kazimierz Deyna, to name a few.   Robert remains active playing with Chicago Kickers over 30's and 40's.

Robert has coached youth teams for fifteen years.  He coached varsity at St. Viator High School 2000-2003 when the Lions won back to back IHSA State Championships in 2002 & 2003.   He led Eclipse U16 Girls  teams to the USYSA National Championships in 2001 and 2003 . While with the Eclipse in 2003, Robert initiated the Eclipse Select boys program. In 2003, he left Eclipse to start FC United, and held the position of Director of Technical Development for boys and girls programs. In 2006 he won FC United's first state championship with the U23 men's team in the USASA State Cup, also winning in 2007. In 2008, he led FC United U18 boys to a USYSA Illinois State Championship. In that same year, he left FC United to Coach at Ela Elite winning 2008, 2009 and 2011 USASA State Cup Championship Men's U23,  also Regional Finalists 2008, 2009 and 2008 USASA National Championship. In addition, Robert has coached at Plantation HS Florida 1982-1983, Carmel HS(Mundelein) 2006 and was a ODP Evaluator for the State of Illinois 2000 & 2001. 

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