As Academy Director, Larry Sunderland is charged with developing curriculum guidelines, monitoring player and staff development, coaching and oversight of all soccer-specific aspects of the Chicago Fire Academy and player development system. He also serves as Technical Director of the Chicago Fire PDL, Super-20 and Juniors youth club, holding these posts since 2009. He ov, four academy players have moved to the first team as Homegrown signings, U20 North American Championships in 2008 and 2012, and a PDL record 11 players chosen in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
Sunderland holds the USSF “A” License, USSF National “Youth” License, NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and the KNVB “Youth” Certificate. He joined the USSF National Instructional Staff in 2000 and the NSCAA Associate National Staff in 2002. He has been a member of the Illinois and Wisconsin ODP staffs as well as Region II boys and girls staffs. His college coaching resume includes head coaching positions with the Men’s and Women’s programs at Wisconsin Lutheran College and Kendal College, as well as serving as the Men’s Assistant Coach at Long Island University/CW Post College.
Sunderland’s professional playing career began in 1985 with the New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League. In 1986, he moved to the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League where he played until he joined the Chicago Power. In 1990-91 he was part of the Power’s Championship team before briefly returning to Milwaukee in 1993. Sunderland ended his playing career in 1996.
John Dorn, Executive Director of Player Development
John Dorn oversees and coordinates the synergies of Chicago Fire Soccer Club’s Youth Player Development system that includes the Fire Academy, PDL and Fire Juniors since 2009. During that time, the Fire Player Development system has seen the Academy U16 team become the first MLS Academy side to win a USSDA National Championship, four academy players move to first team as homegrown signings, U20 North American Championships in 2008 and 2012, and a PDL record 11 players chosen in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He was a founding member of Chicago Fire Premier, formerly called the Chicago Fire Reserves, from 2001-04.
Dorn has served as the Director of Soccer since 2001 and President of the Fire Premier’s parent organization, Chicago Fire Premier FC, from 2005 through 2014. During that time, 97 players have moved from the Fire PDL system to the professional level. Prior joining to the Fire, Dorn served as the head coach at Brother Rice High School in Chicago from 1994-97, as a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola University from 1997-98, Director of Soccer at Moraine Valley Community College from 1998-2000 and Director of Coaching for the Chicago Area Soccer League from 1996-2000. He received his USSF licenses in 1993, 94 and 95.
Head coach of 2002 and 2000 academy. Joined Chicago Fire in 2011 summer as assistant coach with Chicago Fire PDL. Coached at Chicago United since 2008 in age groups ranging from u9s to u13s. Starting coaching in 2002 at Lincoln City academy (England), earned UEFA B level 2 license in 2003. Undergraduate assistant at UIC in 2010. Playing Career: England Lincoln City - Youth team 2002-2005 YTS Gainsborough Trinity - Conference North USA UIC 2007 - 2009 Elite Eight in 2007 Sweet sixteen in 2008 Chicago Fire PDL 2008
The French-born Pascal Bedrossian enjoyed a lengthy career playing at the highest levels of French club football, appearing for the likes of AS Cannes, Rennes, Lorient and Angers before coming to Chicago for a brief stint with the Fire in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Prior to joining the Chicago Fire Academy coaching staff, Bedrossian spent three seasons as a member of the coaching staff with Chicago Magic-PSG Academy.
A veteran of 10 seasons as a standout defender of the Chicago Fire First Team, Gonzalo Segares joined the Academy coaching staff following his retirement as a player following the 2014 season. Segares was the Fire’s third-round selection (35th overall) in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft after a four-year collegiate career at Virginia Commonwealth University. Segares played 231 MLS Regular Season games for the Men in Red, scoring 11 goals and adding 14 assists while becoming seventh player in club history to surpass 200 competitive appearances in a Fire shirt. The 2007 Chicago Fire Defender of the Year, Segares made 13 postseason appearances for the Fire, scoring the insurance goal in the second leg of the 3-0 win over the New England Revolution Nov. 6, 2008.
Aron Hyde is a veteran of six seasons as the goalkeeping coach for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Hyde has been integral in the development of Chicago Fire first team goalkeeper and U.S. international Sean Johnson. In addition to training the Fire’s goalkeeping core, the Birmingham, England product assists with scouting and the club’s Academy teams. The 30-year-old joined the Fire in 2010 after spending 2009 as an assistant coach with the University of Washington’s men’s team. Prior to joining the Huskies, Hyde worked as the Goalkeeping Coach for Seattle University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, from 2006-09. Hyde previously coached for Seattle-based Emerald City FC where he served as assistant goalkeeper coach and head team coach for two of the boy’s club teams. He has been involved as a Region IV Staff Coach, an NSCAA goalkeeping staff instructor and with the Washington state Olympic Development Program. Hyde’s vast playing experience includes spells with Walsall FC, Millwall FC, and Wycombe Wanderers in his native England. Stateside, he spent time at Judson College (NAIA). He currently possesses his USSF A and USSF Goalkeeping Licenses, and his UEFA A Coaching License. Hyde, who lives in Chicago, earned his Masters in Sport Administration and Leadership from Seattle University in 2009.
Stan Anderson is the Associate Head Coach at Marquette University, having just completed his fifth season there with Head Coach Louis Bennett after completing a 10 year run as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with Bennett where the Panthers compiled a 136-63-17 record and five straight NCAA Tournament berths. Since then he has mentored all of the Golden Eagles' keepers, including Matt Pyzdrowski, who in 2010 signed a professional contract with the Portland Timbers (USSL Division-2). He has been named the nation’s top assistant coach by College Soccer News numerous times while also operating Camp Shutout, a premier camp for goalkeepers The Palatine, IL native and member of his high school’s hall of fame was a record breaking goalkeeper for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and was named an All-American in 1989. He received his degree in 1990 and spent a season as a professional player with the Dayton Dynamo playing for fellow Academy staff member Jon Dolinsky before moving into the coaching ranks. He is married to Mary and they have two sons, Anthony and Michael.
Kyle Retzlaff, Player Development Business Coordinator
Kyle joined the Chicago Fire in September of 2012. Kyle came to the Fire from U.S. Soccer where he was the Development Academy League Coordinator from 2010 to 2012. Prior to his time with the Fire Academy, Kyle served as staff coach for over 6 years in youth soccer including working with clubs such as Team Evanston, FC Milwaukee, Potomac Soccer Club and Classics FC Soccer Club. He currently holds a USSF National “D” License. Kyle graduated from Ohio State University in the spring of 2009. While at Ohio State Kyle was a 4 year letter winner on the Varsity Men’s Soccer Team from 2004-07 where he was part of Ohio State teams that were NCAA Division 1 Postseason Tournament participant in 2004, 2005 and 2007, Tournament Finalist in 2007 and Big Ten Champions in 2004 and 2007.