Chicago Union 2022 Season Preview

by Tessa Martyn

The 2022 AUDL season is finally upon us! The Union finished their 2021 campaign with one of their best records of 11-2 and claiming the title of Central Divison Champions. The Chicago Union season ended in overtime during the semi-final playoff game in Washington D.C. against the Raleigh Flyers.

The Chicago Union opens their 2022 campaign with a home game against the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds this Sunday, May 1, at 2pm CDT at De La Salle Institute! 

NEW PLAYERS JOINING US THIS SEASON:

  • ​Dalton Smith - Smith played for the Dallas Roughnecks, now known as the Dallas Legion, from 2016-2019. In his 5 seasons with the Legion, Smith recorded 87 goals, 95 assists, and 32 blocks. 

  • Jace Bruner - Bruner comes from the west coast, the Oakland Spiders formally known as the San Jose Spiders. In his four games last season, Bruner recorded 8 goals and 5 blocks. 

  • Jeff Weis - Weis played with the Chicago Wildfire from 2017 - 2019. He signed a 1-day contract in the 2021 season to compete in a match versus the Wind Chill where he scored 5 goals.

  • John Jones - Jones played for the Indianapolis AlleyCats from 2016-2019. In his four seasons with the Indianapolis AlleyCats, Jones recorded 25 goals, 6 assists, and 37 blocks. 

  • Scott Hearne - Hearne is no stranger to the Central Division either as he comes from the Minnesota Wind Chill. In his two seasons with the Minnesota Wind Chill, Hearne recorded 2 goals, 16 assists, and 5 blocks. 

  • Wesley Groth - Groth has played one season with the Indianapolis AlleyCats and three seasons with the San Diego Growlers. In his three seasons with the San Diego Growlers, Groth recorded 75 goals, 65 assists, and 35 blocks. In his 2016one season with the Indianapolis AlleyCats, Groth recorded 10 goals, 11 assists, and 13 blocks. 

  • Zach Kieffer - Kieffer has played one season with the Detroit Mechanix. In his one season with the Mechanix, he recorded 1 goal and 4 assists. 

2022 ROOKIE CLASS:

  • Asher Lantz

  • Jerry Kelly

  • Joe Cercello

  • Kyle Rutledge

  • Ricky Ramirez

FOX SPORTS 2 GAMES OF THE WEEK:

  • Minnesota Wind Chill vs Chicago Union - Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 CDT at Sea Foam Stadium

  • Minnesota Wind Chill vs. Chicago Union - Saturday, July 16 at 6:00 CDT at Sea Foam Stadium

THEME NIGHTS:

  • HOME OPENER - Pittsburgh Thunderbirds vs. Chicago Union - Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 pm CDT at De La Salle Institute

  • REPRESENT YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM AT CHICAGO SPORTS NIGHT ! - Madison Radicals vs. Chicago Union - Friday, June 10 at 6:30 pm CDT at De La Salle Institute 

  • IT IS 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE - COME LOUNGE AT BEACH NIGHT ! - Austin Sol vs. Chicago Union - Friday, June 17, at 6:30 pm CDT at De La Salle Institute 

  • SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR YOUR ALMA MATER ON COLLEGE NIGHT! - Minnesota Wind Chill vs. Chicago Union - Friday, July 1, at 6:30 pm CDT at De La Salle Institute 

  • COME CELEBRATE FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE OFFICERS, AND EDUCATORS ON HEROES NIGHT! - Indianapolis AlleyCats vs. Chicago Union - Saturday, July 9, at 6:00 CDT at De La Salle Institute 

  • WE WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU, OUR GREAT FANS, AT FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT ! - Detroit Mechanix vs. Chicago Union - Saturday, July 30, at 6:00 pm CDT at De La Salle Institute 

BREWERY FEATURES:

  • CHURCH STREET BREWING COMPANY - Church Street Brewery will be featured at our Home Opener on Sunday, May 1st!

  • HAYMARKET PUB & BREWERY - Haymarket Pub & Brewery will be featured at College Night on Friday, July 1st and is the official destination for watch parties for all Union away games this upcoming 2022 season!  

  • LO REZ BREWERY & TAPROOM - Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom will be featured at Beach Night on Friday, June 17th.

  • MIDWEST COAST BREWERY - Midwest Coast Brewery will be featured at Heroes Night on Saturday, July 9th. 

  • ON TOUR BREWING COMPANY - On Tour Brewing Company will be featured at Chicago Sports Night on Friday, June 10th. 

  • TAPVILLE SOCIAL - FOX VALLEY - Tapville Social will be providing all the various alcoholic beverages at each of our home games.

  • WEATHER MARK TAVERN - Weather Mark Tavern is the official post-game bar for the upcoming 2022 season! 

  • WHINER BEER COMPANY - Whiner Beer Company will be featured at Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, July 30th.

We hope you will be able to join us for a game this season!