St Louis native, grandson of the founder of Scott Gallagher SC, alum of both the SLUH Jr Billikens and Indiana Hoosiers, Luis Soffner departed today for the next chapter in his life. Drafted Thursday by the New England Revolution, he was at St Louis Soccer Park on Saturday for a light workout with his long-time Club Coach Tim Kelly, as has been his practice whenever he is in town during college and now, post-college. (photo, Kelly on left, with Nate the Great and Luis).
Responsible for developing all of the goalkeepers within the Club, Kelly called on three of his current crop to assist in the workout – Jake Leeker and Nate Davis from the Academy teams and Nate “the Great” Griffin from the State Champion SLSG Green team and CBC. Part of his team building effort within the group, Soffner and the players were familiar practice partners and it was great to observe the exchange between Soffner with these players who have similar aspirations.
Following the workout Luis also spoke with a group of youth goalkeepers who came out to observe and meet him. He patiently answered questions and then personally introduced himself and signed autographs for all who were interested. As we were all reminded with the passing of Stan Musial later that day, a gentleman who lives in and gives back to his community is a hero to those he touches. Luis handled himself well and is an ambassador for his club.
I sat down with Luis following his afternoon within the Club and talked about where he’s come from and his future opportunity. The video of the interview is embedded below along with photos from the afternoon. I hope you enjoy it. You can also follow Luis on Twitter.
Soffner, a 2008 alumni of St Louis University High school (SLUH), graduated with Tommy Meyer, now a member of the LA Galaxy. As the SLUH Alumni magazine noted
In the span of one week, Tommy Meyer ’08 and Luis Soffner ’08 earned soccer championships in the MLS and NCAA, respectively. Meyer, a defensive starter for the LA Galaxy, helped his team defeat the Houston Dynamo for the MLS Title, while Soffner, goalie for Indiana University (IU), posted a shutout in the NCAA Championship game against Georgetown.
From his bio on the Indiana Hoosiers website, Soffner spent his final two seasons at SLUH after playing his freshman and sophomore years at St. Ignatius in Cleveland, Ohio … helped lead the Wildcats to the 2005 Ohio state championship, as well as the NSCAA high school national title his sophomore season … as a senior at SLUH, Soffner posted 18 shutouts in 23 matches with a 0.32 goals-against average as the Junior Billikens were the 2007 Missouri state runner up … for his efforts he was named to the St. Louis All-Metro first team and all-state team … high school teammate of fellow Hoosiers Tommy Meyer and Chris Haffner … from 1999-2005, Soffner played his club ball with the Internationals in Cleveland, leading the team to Ohio state titles from 2001-05 … as a member of the North American All-Stars he competed at the Youth World Cup in 2000 and 2001 … after moving to Missouri he joined the Scott-Gallagher Soccer Club with the team capturing Missouri state championships in 2006 and 2007 … his grandfather, Jim Scott, was one of the founders of the Scott-Gallagher Soccer Club …also a standout in the classroom, earning first honors all four years of high school … secondary education (math) major … born Jan. 15, 1990 … son of Julie and Rodney Soffner.
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