Big Cat Goalkeeping News


Proud to announce that Miguel Miranda from Sporting CP (Sporting Lisbon) will be attending this years Camp React.

Miguel and I are good friends and he has worked with the likes of Ederson (Benfica & Brazil) and Jan Oblak (Athletico Madrid & Slovenia)

US U19 Mens National Team Call Up

Founder Neil Thompson was invited to join the US Mens u19 National team for a training camp in Chula Vista. Thompson joined the staff as goalkeeper coach. This was a unique experience for any goalkeeper coach as the Head Mens u19 coach is none other than goalkeeping legend Brad Friedel.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for me and one that I am very grateful for.”- Neil Thompson



Date – December 17 & 18

Time – 9 am-11 am

Age – 2004-1999

Location- Quad Indoor Sports 2454, Oakton Street, Evanston, IL, 60202

PRICE – $160

This will be an intensive camp which is designed to give players the tools they need to be the best they can be! Camp React is geared at future College or Professional Level Goalkeepers. This will be a fast paced camp that should attract college coaches and goalkeeping fanatics from around the area.

Goodbye to a number of goalkeepers going on to College!!

  • Notre dame commit NCAA D1 – Duncan Turnbull
  • UIC commit NCAA D1 – Patrick McGrath
  • SIUE commit NCAA D1 – Nathan Chalus
  • Indiana State commit NCAA D1 – Brianna Riscossa
  • Amherst commit NCAA D3 – Will Dunne
  • Benedictine commit NCAA D3 – Shawn Chervets
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Commit NCAA D3 – Alex Kern
  • Illinois State Commit NCAA D1 – Megan Rickett
  • Illinois Wesleyan Commit NCAA D3 – Alex Ruckstaetter

Rose takes Big Cat Goalkeeping to Colorado

Illinois ODP State Director of Goalkeeping Scott Rose joins Team Big Cat and launches academy in Colorado.

Big Cat Budnik

Alex Budnik plays in USA’s 3-1 Victory over Canada.


Big Cat Gloves worn at Chelsea

Big Cat Goalkeeping gloves were worn when Blackburn Rovers took on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.




Camp React 2016 July 10-15, 2016

Judson University  

1151 N State Street, Elgin, IL

CAMP REACT is the camp where the goalkeepers that become elite attend. CAMP REACT will not only push goalkeepers to their limits but it will also educate the goalkeeper on roles and responsibilities of the position.

CAMP REACT will be directed by NEIL THOMPSON

Thompson, former Carlisle United and Hull City goalkeeper, has watched Camp React grow from strength to Strength and Confidently states they are “HANDS DOWN THE BEST GOALKEEPING YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROVIDER IN THE MIDWEST”.

Hyde joins Team Big Cat

Aron Hyde Joined Big Cat Goalkeeping in March 2016

Aron Hyde spent six seasons as 1st Team goalkeeping coach for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. During his time Aron played an integral role in the development of U.S. international Sean Johnson. In addition to training the Fire’s goalkeeping core, Aron was also Academy Goalkeeper Director, where he oversaw and ran training sessions for the clubs USSDA goalkeepers.