The Magic, based in suburban Frankfort, grew out of Sports Club SC, which was founded in 1989 by Alex Hernandez. Matkovich, who was an all-state
forward at Naperville (Ill.) North High School and played college ball at Lewis University, was initially brought on as co-director by Hernandez.
The Magic boys won their first USYS National Cup in 1999 (U-16) and their second in 2003 (U-17). They won Super Y-League's North American Finals titles in two boys age groups three times in the last four years.
Magic alum Ned Grabavoy co-captained Indiana to the 2003 NCAA Division I title and started for the USA at the U-20 World Cup the same year. The Columbus Crew player is one of several Magic players in MLS. Quavas Kirk (Los Angeles Galaxy), started for the USA at the 2005 U-17 World Championship.
Through the years, it has taken on several stars from outside the Chicago area, among them Ohioan Ofori Sarkodie, who captained the 2005 U.S. U-17s and is with the current U-20s in Canada for the U-20 World Cup. Wisconsin product Josh Lambo is in the U.S. U-17 residency camp in Bradenton, Fla., and started one game in the U-17 World Championship qualifying tournament. Gold Cup champion Ricardo Clark, who grew up in Georgia, had a brief stint with the Magic.
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