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In Good Company- Louis Mateus and Frank Mateus

Louis Mateus and Frank Mateus

Photograph by Nels Akerlund Photography + Video
2013

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Cherry Bowl
7171 Cherryvale N Blvd., Rockford 

To some, soccer is a hobby. For Louis and Frank Mateus, it's a way of life.

Between the two, the brothers have played and coached at the youth, high school, club, college and professional levels. They've made their mark both locally and nationally. Combined, they've earned too many awards and championships to count.

"Soccer has been a lifelong love," Louis says, "It gave me a chance to go to college and do things and go places I never imagined. It's given our family a chance to be together, doing something we love to do."

The Mateus brothers were born in Sao Miguel, Acores, Portugal, before coming to the U.S. as teenagers. Their parents moved the family to Massachusetts, before Louis earned a scholarship to play soccer to Rockford College. He later coached Frank at National Louis University in Chicago.

The Mateuses were instrumental in helping the late Dr. Donald Wedgbury and his family open and operate the Indoor Sports Center, where Louis remains the general manager. Frank serves as technical director for the Rockford Raptors, a travel soccer club.

Local soccer is exploding. Thanks to the Sportscore complexes, more than 2.7 million visitors converge on town every year, in large part due to more than 30 annual soccer tournaments. Those numbers are expected to rise, thanks to facility upgrades taking place at Sportscore Two in the next year.

The greatest joy for the Mateus brothers is the impact soccer has on the youth of the Rockford community. Hundreds of local players have gone on to play soccer in college. At least 10 players have gone on to play in the professional ranks.

"When we moved here, we were fortunate to have many wonderful people help us achieve our dreams of playing soccer," says Frank. "Now it's our turn to help open doors for young people who play soccer, both as players and as individuals."

(Written by Paul Arco) 

"When we moved here, we were fortunate to have many wonderful people help us achieve our dreams of playing soccer," says Frank. "Now it's our turn to help open doors for young people who play soccer, both as players and as individuals."

(Written by Paul Arco) 

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