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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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Pineda doing what he can to get back to Fire

Jul 19 2014 | 11:48 pm - When he signed in 2010 at age 17 as the Chicago Fire’s first homegrown player, Victor Pineda looked destined for great things. That career is still possible, but it will have to restart here, 183 miles to the southeast of Toyota Park. The...

In weak Eastern Conference, Fire can still make playoffs

Jul 18 2014 | 2:10 pm - The Fire has a tremendous opportunity to return to the MLS playoffs this season, and an unbelievably weak Eastern Conference makes it possible, as Orrin Schwarz explains.

Sorting out World Cup winners and losers

Jul 12 2014 | 3:15 pm - Every once in a while a big event lives up to the hype. Take a bow, World Cup 2014. Forgetting about the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal for a minute, this tournament has been fantastic, ranking as perhaps the best ever. Orrin Schwarz offers up his...

Attention shifts to 2018 U.S. soccer team

Jul 05 2014 | 10:02 pm - Hank Steinbrecher has been to many World Cups and enjoyed every one of them, but he doesn’t regret skipping this one. The Glen Ellyn native got to witness America embrace the World Cup, leaving us with a big question: What's next? Orrin...

Fire’s draw ‘disappointing, frustrating’

Jul 02 2014 | 11:06 pm - From the point of view of Fire captain Jeff Larentowicz, not much changed for the team during its World Cup break.

U.S. soccer team far from a disappointment

Jul 02 2014 | 6:15 am - As much as we wanted to believe in this U.S. national soccer team, we always knew a long run through this World Cup was a lot to ask. Just getting out of the Group of Death was an accomplishment and a surprise. In the Round of 16, Belgium was just...

5 things the Chicago Fire must fix

Jul 01 2014 | 1:29 pm - Not even the most loyal Chicago Fire employee would call the first part of this season a rousing success, especially on the field. OK, so it wasn’t a total disaster either.

New ‘World’ view for U.S. soccer team

Jun 30 2014 | 7:35 pm - No longer is the United States taking the long view of its World Cup matches. The days of a “good” loss are over. Now the United States is in the knockout phase of the tournament. Win or go home. “The mentality is that if you...

U.S. shows it deserves to advance; Belgium up next

Jun 26 2014 | 9:16 pm - If the United States showed Sunday that sometimes a draw can feel like a loss, Thursday the Americans showed a loss can sometimes be a victory.The United States will play Belgium, the winner of Group H, on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (ESPN). Belgium will be...

Overtime suits Fire just fine

Jun 25 2014 | 11:35 pm - The Chicago Fire seems to have found a way to win: Avoid 90-minute games.

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