The National League (NL) kicks off Thursday for the Boys with four games (over four days) scheduled. The expansion of the NL this season means that 128 boys teams will converge in North Carolina to kick off their 2016-17 season in front of college, professional and U.S. National Team scouts. Games are played primarily at the Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex and Rocky Mount Sports Complex.
UPDATED with Thursday results
There are five teams from the St. Louis area (none from KC) that will compete this season. One team in each age division (U15-U18) except U17 where there are two teams competing. I have previews for each of the teams below, along with their schedule and rosters. The games can be found in my St. Louis Soccer calendar. Each team will be featured once (except the U15’s) with a live stream. I’ve noted that game with the link in their individual schedules below AND they will be included in my Soccer on TV calendar.
At the 2015 US Youth Soccer National Championships, National League teams took 31 of 40 possible semifinalist spots, represented 16 of 20 finalists and won eight of 10 possible National Championships. This is a tough league!
U15 BOYS – RED Division
– SLSG Elite 2002, Head Coach Tim Amlong
The youngest age group at National League, there are two Divisions (Red and Blue) of eight teams each. The team will play four games this week and return in early March for the final three games.
SLSG opens against the defending National Champions CASL Red while Friday’s match is against the Region I champion Syracuse DA. There are some changes however as noted by Doug Prewett, Head Coach of CASL
“I expect with the birth year change that took place around the country, there are a lot of programs that are previous National Champions and this and that, but this year is a new year.
Scott Gallagher qualified by winning the Missouri State Cup last June but this team came together through the SLSG ID effort over the Summer. This will be the first tournament for this group and they’ll be challenged by the level of play. Their bonding and growth as a team will determine what the future holds I suspect. Head Coach Tim Amlong has a high level of confidence in the quality of his team and the practice I observed included plenty of touches in tight spaces and with speed. The boys will play in the MRL Premier I this Spring.
Head Coach Tim Amlong, SLSG Elite 2002 (apologies for the quality, it was windy Monday)
|Thursday||10:15 am||CASL Red (NC)||3-0 W|
|Friday||12:00 pm||Syracuse Development Academy (NY-W)||Thursday highlights for SDA|
|Saturday||2:00 pm||Baltimore Celtic 2002 (MD)|
|Sunday||8:20 am||DE Rush 02 (DE)|
Thursday – Adam Lucas (14th) and Cole Hutson (23rd) scored to give SLSG a 2-0 halftime lead with Lucas getting a second in the 51st for the final margin and a win in the teams first competitive match!
|SLSG Elite Amlong|
|35||Connor Davega||M||Parkway West||2020||2002|
|23||George Dietrich||D||John Burroughs||2021||2002|
|5||Daniel Garvilla||M||Francis Howell||2021||2002|
|1||Joshua Garvilla||GK||Francis Howell||2021||2002|
|3||Fernando Gonzalez||M||Parkway West||2020||2002|
|34||Devin Livingstone||F||Ft. Zumwalt South||2020||2002|
|16||Malik Maroney||D||St. Dominic||2020||2002|
|67||Kyle Weinhold||M||Ft. Zumwalt West||2020||2002|
|28||Victor Williams||M||John Burroughs||2020||2002|
U16 BOYS – BLUE Division
– Sporting JB Marine 2001, Head Coach Pat Mann
Sporting J. B. Marine (MO) is coming off an appearance in the Region II Championships final last Summer. Sporting also competed in the National League last season and compiled a 3-3-1 record. The Missouri side won all three games in Las Vegas, learning their lesson after 0-3-1 record to start last year. They know a quick start in North Carolina this year could put Sporting on its way to a division crown. Baltimore Armour is also a favorite going in, with an unblemished record last year in NL. They are looking to reach the National Championships for the third straight year, winning in 2015.
Aaron Boulch was the leading scorer at Region II Championships in July with six goals.
|Thursday||10:15 am||Bethesda South 01 (VA)||3-2 W|
|Friday||1:00 pm||Baltimore Armour PA15 (MD)|
|Saturday||1:00 pm||GSA 01 Premier (GA)||LIVE STREAM|
|Sunday||12:00 pm||01 CSA Predator (NC)|
Thursday – Sporting JB Marine got off to a hot start with a great cross from Nick Derlith to Sam Benoist for a redirect head ball goal in the 3rd min then a 6 yard one timer from Braden Johnson mid way through the half. Bethesda kept battling back with 2 solid goals only to be disappointed in the last minute of play by a redirected free kick outside the box that resulted in a head ball put away by Paddy McGuire giving Sporting JB Mann the win and continuing theer success from last year’s National League finish. National League summary
|Sporting JB Marine Mann|
U17 BOYS – WHITE Division
Lou Fusz 2000, Head Coach Dave Geerling
Lou Fusz Geerling returns to the National League for the third straight year. They advanced to the National Championship as U14’s by being a Top 4 finisher as U14s their first year in National League. This year they advance as MRL Premier Division winners and the focus is obviously on continued growth.
Sparta 00 Premier JK reached the National semifinals last year, after finishing second with a 5-2 record in NL to advance to Nationals.
Tristan Stotler represented Missouri on the Region II ODP team last week during the Thanksgiving Interregionals. He spent a few days at home and is on the East Coast again with the team. My interview with Tristan on his experience can be found at the bottom of the page.
|Thursday||11:00 am||Baltimore Bays 00 (MD)||4-3 W comeback|
|Friday||12:00 pm||Seattle United Copa (WA)|
|Saturday||1:00 pm||Sparta 00 JK (UT)|
|Sunday||10:10 am||Libertyville FC 1974 (IL)|
Thursday – LFGeerling opened the scoring late in the 1st half with Bradley Fritsche using the wind to bend a corner kick directly into the goal for a 1-0 halftime lead. Baltimore scored a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half to take the lead until the 73rd min when a goal kick and four touches were finished by Tristan Stotler to tie the match. Grant Powell received a Harry Skordos throw-in and dribbled into the box, finding Mike Andrews with a short square ball and Andrews finished after a touch. Stotler added an insurance goal late, intercepting a headed ball back to the GK, for the final margin.
|Lou Fusz Geerling|
|3||Bradley Fritsche||M||Luthern South||2019|
|4||Jack Galkowski||Parkway West|
|10||Mitch Murphy||Quincy Notre Dame (IL)|
|1||Harry Skordos||D||Parkway West||2019|
U17 BOYS – BLACK Division
– SLSG Elite 2000, Head Coach – Andy Cooper
The Gallagher boys open Thursday against the defending National Champions and the game can be seen via the live stream (link below). Their opponents on Saturday and Sunday faced each other in the Region III Final last Summer with Davie United prevailing. All in all a very tough draw and opening weekend for the boys.
|Thursday||11:00 am||McLean 00 Green (VA)||0-3 L|
|Friday||11:00 am||Nationals Union 00 Black (MI)|
|Saturday||8:00 am||GSA 00 Premier (GA)|
|Sunday||6:30 am||Davie United Sharks Blue (FL)|
Thursday – a shutout loss to the defending champions. The announcer noted midway through the second half that SLSG had the better of the play in the first half but were unable to finish. GAME VIDEO
|SLSG Elite Cooper|
U18 BOYS – BLUE Division
Sporting STL McMahon Ford 1999, Head Coach Tommy Howe
Sporting STL will hope to build on their Region II semifinal result last Summer, a result that was preceeded by a Region II spot as U15’s as well. Their third and probably final visit calls for reaching new heights. They’ll face a former National Champion (U14) on Saturday with a trio of players that excelled at the National Championships last year – Carlos Reyes, Dalton Seckinger and Raul Tinoco.
|Thursday||9:00 am||Baltimore Celtic SC Christos (MD)||2-1 W|
|Friday||1:00 pm||Solar Chelsea 99 Sawyer (TX-N)||LIVE STREAM|
|Saturday||2:00 pm||UFA Premier (GA)|
|Sunday||12:00 pm||BRYC 99 Elite (VA)|
Thursday – Sporting STL scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes to battle back for the 2-1 win against Celtic, the #1 ranked team nationally on GotSoccer. Avi Wesseh scored in the 86th and Travis Hunt scored in the 89th minute, from John Klein’s free kick (video below)
— SportingSTL- MMF (@sportingstl_mmf) December 8, 2016
|Sporting STL McMahon Howe|
|0||Eric Bauche||GK||St. Dominic|
|5||Billy Hency||MF||Rockwood Summit|
|7||Alvin "Avi" Wesseh||F||DeSmet|
|8||Joey Spotanski||F||Ft. Zumwalt South|
|10||Andrew "Drew" Domalewski||MF||Timberland|
|11||Travis Hunt||MF||Ft. Zumwalt West|
|15||Joseph "Joey" Mueller||MF||Howell Central|
|16||Corey Goede||D||Rockwood Summit|
|20||John Klein||D||Rock Bridge|