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John Soltani 
Director of Coaching







Mission: 

Spartan FC’s Director of Coaching, overseeing all aspects of the club’s soccer operations and ensuring a positive experience for all club members. He has coached in the Spartan FC program since its inception in 2008. John was also the Girls Academy Director at FC United, assistant coach of the Glenbrook North High School Girls Varsity Soccer team, and a chairman of the Young Sportsman’s Soccer League (YSSL). 


As a Coach: 
John began his coaching career in 2004. Aside from his experience with Spartan FC, FC United, and Glenbrook North, John is an Illinois Olympic Development Program staff coach, a Region II and National Olympic Development Program staff coach. 


John’s primary objective has always been to play a role in each child’s development and instill them with an appreciation for the great game of soccer. He strives to assist his players in reaching their potential both technically and emotionally, noting that soccer is a vehicle that can be used to teach important life lessons. 

As a Player:
John played his youth soccer in Northbrook and was a high school standout at Notre Dame High School. 


Personal: 
John is a lifelong Northbrook resident who has a strong sense of community, and a desire to give back through his love for soccer. 

Certifications: 
USSF A License 
NSCAA Premier Diploma 
Youth National License 
Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coaching Certification




Alexander Lofgren

Assistant Director
Youth Academy Director







Mission:

Alex most recently joined Spartan FC as a coach in 2020. He also serves as the club’s Assistant Director and Director of the club’s Pre-Spartan and Future Spartan programs, which strive to create a positive and rewarding environment, in which the youngest players can learn the game of soccer and begin to develop a love of the sport.

As a Coach
Alex first joined Spartan FC in 2013-2018, where he excelled at getting the best out of his players, no matter the age or skill level. In 2018, he then moved to Park City, Utah, where he continued to coach two 2007 boys, and two 2008 girls teams for the Park City Soccer Club.   After claiming several league championships and promotions, along with several tournament titles, Alex decided to move back home to Spartan FC, following the 2020 covid shortened season. In addition to his work with the Spartan and Pre- and Future Spartan programs, Alex also coaches at various area camps.  Alex notes that the opportunity to share and transfer the soccer knowledge he gained throughout his playing career is the primary reason he enjoys coaching. Taking a simple approach, by possessing, connecting easy passes, and moving off the ball can create a special flow only experienced by the top clubs of the world. Alex feels it is his duty to help instill these core values, as well as a strong work ethic, leadership, and sportsmanship.


As a Player
Alex was a three-year Varsity player for Glenbrook South High School, where he was a two time All-Sectional and one time Chicago Tribune All-State selection. Following his high school career, he moved on to Lake Forest College, where he served as team captain, and earned Second Team All-Midwest honors.


Personal
A native of Glenview, Alex and his wife Maddie currently live in Northbrook.


Certifications
• USSF C License


 
  

Dusan Obradovic

Staff Coach



Mission:  
As he played professional soccer in Europe for 9 years, Dusan takes all his knowledge and passes it onto young kids.  Soccer has been Dusan’s life and passion since he was a little kid.  Dusan’s happy to share his knowledge and passion with younger kids as their coach.  He also trains and teaches his own sons all about soccer.

 

As a Coach:
Dusan started coaching Bosnia & Herzegovina SC in 2015. He was coaching 10/11 and 14/15 age groups. Dusan is a coach for United Serbs Chicago SC First Team (Champions of Metropolitan Soccer League Major Division 2017).  Dusan also has his own private practice, NVT 18, for the last 10 years where he offers private trainings to players to work and improve their skills.

Player:
National Team Play
14-15 National Team – Serbia & Montenegro (12 games, captain)
15-16 National Team – Serbia & Montenegro (2 games, captain)

Personal:
Dusan was born and raised in Montenegro, Europe. He moved to the USA in late 2005.  Dusan lives with his 3 children and a wife in Morton Grove, IL for past 12 years. He loves passing his soccer passion onto his 2 sons.

Accomplishments:
9 years professional play
176 professional games
18 goals
3 UEFA tournament games



 



 
 
  


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