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Orrin Schwarz

DuPage County High School Sports Coordinator and Pro Sports Writer
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Orrin Schwarz was named Assistant Sports Editor/DuPage in 2003 after spending four years in the same position in the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities office. He is responsible for all high school sports coverage in DuPage County. Among his duties, Schwarz assigns, edits and paginates stories about varsity sports for DuPage County's 28 high schools, as well as its five local colleges. He frequently can be found covering a wide variety of high school sports.

Since joining the Daily Herald in 1999, Schwarz has coordinated the Daily Herald's boys and girls soccer Top 20s. He was named the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association media person of the year in 2002. He also won an award from the Society of News Design in 1998.

Schwarz also serves as the Daily Herald's beat writer covering professional soccer, including the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Red Stars and the United States national teams. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters organization and votes each week for the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award. He's also a voter for MLS Player of the Month, as well as postseason awards. Schwarz writes a weekly pro soccer column.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Schwarz worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana as a copy editor and assistant sports editor, and he was a freelance sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Schwarz has covered high school sports in the Chicago area since 1991.

Schwarz graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major of English and history. He also has a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in American history.

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News off the field overshadows bad Chicago Fire loss

Jul 11 2018 | 10:30 pm - The Chicago Fire announced Chicago billionaire Joe Mansueto purchased a 49 percent share of the club. It also announced the purchase of midfielder Aleksandar Katai’s contract in a transfer for Deportivo Alaves. The Fire also lost to...

Scouting report: Philadelphia Union at Chicago Fire

Jul 10 2018 | 10:05 am - Orrin Schwarz offers his MLS scouting report as the Philadelphia Union visit the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Wednesday.

Scouting report: Chicago Fire at Vancouver Whitecaps

Jul 06 2018 | 7:06 pm - Orrin Schwarz offers his MLS scouting report as the Chicago Fire travels to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps on Saturday.

How suburban semipro soccer clubs are helping to grow the game

Jul 03 2018 | 7:35 pm - Semipro soccer clubs are sprouting up in the suburbs, and they’re filling an important role in the sport’s development in this country.

Katai helps Chicago Fire to 3-2 win over New York City FC

Jun 30 2018 | 10:18 pm - Aleksandar Katai scored 2 goals and Nemanja Nikolic scored 1 to help the Chicago Fire begin the second half of the MLS regular season with a 3-2 victory against visiting New York City FC.

Chicago Fire’s feud with supporter group continues

Jun 29 2018 | 6:51 pm - The Chicago Fire’s dispute with one of its largest supporter groups continued when it announced the group will no longer have supporter group privileges. It is returning those fans’ money for their season tickets despite a boycott by...

Scouting report: New York City at Chicago Fire

Jun 29 2018 | 5:23 pm - Orrin Schwarz offers his scouting report as the Chicago Fire hosts New York City FC at Toyola Park on Saturday.

With MLS playoffs still in reach, Fire must pick up the pace

Jun 27 2018 | 6:26 pm - A mediocre first half of the MLS season means the Chicago Fire will have to do better in the second half just to slip into the playoffs.

5 must-see games during the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Jun 15 2018 | 6:25 am - While the first game of the 2018 World Cup is over, the 64-game soccer tournament runs through July 15 at 12 stadiums throughout Russia. Here are five must-see games in the group stage.

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