LAKE COUNTY, IL – Heart of the City is hosting a College Soccer ID Event for high school age Lake County
youth which will feature a scout from professional Mexican team, Tigres FC in attendance exclusively for
The event is an opportunity for student athletes to display their soccer skills for scouts and college
coaches from teams playing at different divisions, and a chance to be recruited to play soccer at a higher
level. It also includes a scrimmage that will be recorded and shareable with additional coaches not in
attendance and a Q&A to learn more about the recruitment process.
Tigres UANL is a world-class football club based in Nuevo León, Mexico. Tigres scout, Prof. Pavel
Alvarado, will be making the trip from Mexico to Lake County Sports Center exclusively for this event.
The attendance of a scout from a professional soccer team provides additional opportunity to the
talented youth in our community, who otherwise wouldn’t have any exposure to professional soccer.
“It is a pleasure for me to be able to participate in this College ID Event, where many young people have
the opportunity to showcase their talent and qualities,” said Prof. Pavel Alvarado. “It is an area of the
state of Illinois that I have yet to visit and I am excited to be able to see the local talent of that area.”
The College ID Event will be held at the Lake County Sports Center, where Heart of the City programs are
currently being held for the indoor season. Lake County Sports Center are the sponsors for this event,
providing the fields where the College ID Event will be taking place and also generously covering costs
for travel and lodging for Prof. Alvarado.
“We at the Lake County Sports Center are honored to be a part of such a great event. We enjoy working
with HOTC and helping our community,” said Sandra Fajardo, Manager of Lake County Sports Center.
“This event will make a positive impact not only on our student athletes but also on our community.”
In addition to a variety of college soccer recruitment programs offered throughout the year, Heart of the
City has full-time staff members and coaches dedicated to providing one-on-one college and
postsecondary readiness support to prepare student athletes for success after graduation. Staff work
with each player to develop an individualized development and action plan that includes athletic,
academic, and college and career goals.
There are many benefits to playing soccer in college, which include scholarship money, team and coach
support systems, and life skill development. Heart of the City gives student athletes as many
opportunities to get in front of recruiters as possible, including offering field trips to attend college
showcase tournaments at colleges throughout the region.
Heart of the City’s programs serve over 500 youth from underfunded communities through after school,
recreational, and travel soccer teams. With an accessible soccer program that eliminates the financial
barriers of playing sports, and a youth developmental pathway, student athletes gain opportunities and
life skills to see their futures and score goals on and off the field.
The College Soccer ID event is open to any Lake County high school student who is interested in playing
soccer in college. More details, including registration, are available at