(Last year's record in parentheses)
BEECHER (15-8-1, 5-1 RVC)
Players to watch: Bailey Shultz, Jr., F; Jack Strick, Jr., MF; Marshall Landis, Sr., MF; Chase Wyatt, Jr., D; Mark Hall, Jr., GK.
Outlook: Despite losing RVC Co-Player of the Year, Jacob Schwartz, the Bobcats have a chance to be even better with a solid core of nine returning starters. Beecher will look to the bigger playoff picture in 2013 and will measure the season's success based on their contention for a regional or possibly sectional crown.
BLOOM TOWNSHIP (19-3-1, 10-0 SAC)
Players to watch: Mark Mendoza, Jr., D; Juan Elizalde, Sr., F; Heriberto Gomez, Sr., F; Jose Sanchez, Sr., D; Ricardo Aldape, Sr., MF.
Outlook: Bloom Township lost a lot of offense with the graduation of seniors Osvaldo Sanchez and Jorge Garcia and will need to find new players to share the workload on offense. Elizalde was an all-sectional honorable mention last season and should play a big role.
CRETE-MONEE (14-6-1, 7-3 SAC)
Players to watch: Jake Cogan, Sr., MF; Fernando Aguirre, Jr., MF; Brandon Hickey, Sr., D.
Outlook: Cogan is the glue that holds the Warrior team together, and he will have to have a big season, along with Aguirre and Hickey, if Crete-Monee is going to take the next step and again contend for a Southland Athletic Conference title.
HOMEWOOD-FLOSSMOOR (4-18-3, 0-6 SWSC BLUE)
Players to watch: Andrew Lwanga, Sr., MF; Jonathan Brandt, Jr., F; Sam Spencer, Sr., D; Nick Wassilak, Sr., GK; Brandon Shephard, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Vikings' attack goes through Lwanga, and the senior is a major threat when H-F is in their set pieces. Most of Lwanga's goal from a season ago came off of headers from corner kicks.
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (12-15-2)
Players to watch: Cody Koehler, Sr., MF/F; Matt Kimmel, Sr., F; Trevor DeVries, Zach Prium, Jr., MF; Chad Ketelaar, Jr., GK.
Outlook: The Vikings won the Chicago Christian Regional in 2012 and will look to again compete for a regional title. First-year coach Tim Delahaunty takes over a solid team with plenty of experience at the varsity level. Ten of the Vikings' fifteen losses last year came by one goal, so this team knows how to grind out games. With Ketelaar in goal, Illiana Christian doesn't have much to worry about at the back end of their defense.
ILLINOIS LUTHERAN (15-9, 5-1 RVC)
Players to watch: Justin Schmidtke, Jr., MF; Jake Volkman, Jr., D; Luke Egeler, Jr., MF; Evan Henschel, Sr., MF/F; Cole Richter, So., MF/F.
Outlook: The Chargers lost their two highest goal scorers, Justin Clayton and Eric Dorn, and the younger players will need to fill the scoring void. They were co-conference champs with Beecher last year, and should be near the top of the RVC come season's end.
MARIAN CATHOLIC (9-14-3, 3-4-1 ESCC)
Players to watch: Chris Taborn, Sr., GK; Alec Guarino, Jr., F/MF; Cody Rodas, Jr., MF; Sam Roche, Sr., D.
Outlook: The Spartans return seven starters from last year's squad that lost 1-0 to Tinley Park in the Marian Catholic Regional championship. Taborn is a four-year starter in goal and will need to play well to keep the Spartans in games. Guarino scored 12 goals a season ago and will need to keep providing the goals.
MOUNT CARMEL (8-14-3)
Players to watch: Niko Bosniak, Sr., MF; Brian Lopez, Sr., D; Pave Alevic, Sr., MF; Saul Gonzalez, Jr., D; Chris Johnson, Jr., MF.
Outlook: The Caravan have six returning starters and head coach Tony Godinez has already seen better chemistry from this year's squad. Look for Lopez and Gonzalez to anchor the Caravan defense, and Chris Johnson should be a sparkplug for Mount Carmel and the offense.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
Players to watch: Jose Basulto, Jr., MF; Rafael Basulto, Jr., D; Steven Aguirre, Sr., GK; Jack Dows, Fr, F; Salvador Basulto, Fr., F.
Outlook: The team will need Dows and Salvador Basulto to be goal scorers.
THORNTON FRACTIONAL (5-15-1)
Players to watch: Julian Alvarez, So., MF; Jeremy Celmer, Sr., F; Zach Hill, Sr., D; Ray Kobus, Sr., MF; Daniel Stellfox, Jr., MF.
Outlook: The United are coming off of a tough year, but there is plenty to be optimistic about in the coming year. Thornton Fractional is still a relatively young team with half their players being either freshmen or sophomores. The United have solid leadership and experience in Kobus and Stellfox. The United will need their five seniors to lead the team, and Celmer will be looked to to provide offense for the United.
THORNTON TOWNSHIP (11-6, 5-1 SWSC RED)
Players to watch: Jesus Fernandez, Sr., F; Ricardo Estrada, So., MF; Fransisco Carabejel, Sr., MF; Emmanuel Barjebo, Sr., F; Mauricio Ruiz, Sr., MF.
Outlook: Thornton Township won the SouthWest Suburban Red for the first time in program history. Thornton Township has plenty of senior leadership returning, and the team should again be at the top of the SWSC Red.
Players to watch: Jimmy Canedo, Sr., MF; Alejandro Llamas, Sr., D/MF; Arturo Aupont, Sr., GK; Sebastian Maraz, Jr., D.
Outlook: The Patriots lost plenty of firepower to graduation, but Washington should still be right at the top of the Chicago Public League come season's end. Aupont has solid experience in goal for Washington, while Canedo and Maraz will be looked to for the goal scoring. Alejandro Llamas is the distributor for the Patriots and can play wherever the team needs him.
-- Compiled by Dwight Haislet