I was on hand at the WWT Soccer Park Saturday while the STL FC Academy trials are underway. As you may recall the Fall 2017 season will feature a single set of teams from the Missouri and Illinois Scott Gallagher programs.
There will be four teams under the STLFC Banner, starting with the U15, along with U16, U17 and a combined u18 / u19 Squad. Initial appearances seem to indicate that Blake Decker and Jon Boyer will be responsible for the u15’s while Kevin Stoll appears headed for U16 Head Coach. I believe that Kevin Kalish will handle the u-17’s while Academy Director Tim Lees will handle the U18/U19 boys.
Each age group was quite large, approximately 50 players competing for 18 spots, or maybe more. Sporting Springfield brought a pair of teams to town to scrimmage with the Academy Trialists. I took in the 2003 (U15 to be) boys who played three 30 minute periods against the SLSG Elite Amlong 2002 boys.
Amlong is preparing for the second weekend of National League competition in Las Vegas where they hope to build on their undefeated opening weekend in hopes of earning a direct invitation to the USYSA National Championship series. I’ll have more on the team the first full week of March.