The 2016-17 US Youth Soccer National League Boys season will wrap up play March 10-12 at the Bettye Wilson Soccer Complex in Las Vegas, Nev., as 64 teams — representing 22 state associations and 55 clubs — play their final three games and solidify the division standings. The top two finishers in each of the 15U and 19/20U divisions earn a place in the National Championships, while the division winners in the 16U, 17U and 18U age groups also advance. The 2017 National Championships will take place July 24-30 in Frisco, Texas.
Missouri Boys Teams participating this year, all from St. Louis, cover each age division (U15-U18). A fifth team, Lou Fusz Geerling 2000 (U17’s), played their final weekend over the New Year in Florida. They went 1-1-1 and currently sit second in the White Division at 3-3-1. That means they’ll need to qualify for Regionals via MRL or State Cup this year.
SUNDAY UPDATE – 2002 SLSG Elite Amlong qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championship in July
Slsg 2 Michigan 0. Merlo from Lucas hutson from livingstone on our way to national championship in Texas pic.twitter.com/gNQGysIPIV
— tim amlong (@batman2617) March 12, 2017
Saturday update – SLSG Elite 2002 Amlong are close to qualifying for the US Youth Soccer National Championship series with a tie against their closest challenger. They hold a 3 point and +6 GD advantage. A draw tomorrow against undefeated Midwest United (MI) guarantees it, otherwise they are playing to maintain the Goal Differential advantage.
Slsg 1 South Carolina 1. Merlo from Livingstone. Great chance we're threw. Boys played well pic.twitter.com/sfKnLQUKxR
— tim amlong (@batman2617) March 11, 2017
Friday update – live interview with Pete Collico and Johnny Klein (Rock Bridge)
The four teams in Las Vegas this weekend are previewed below, with their schedule and rosters. The games can be found in my St. Louis Soccer calendar. No live streams to be enjoyed this trip unfortunately.
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 the final three games with the top two teams from each Division advancing. NATIONAL LEAGUE PREVIEW U15B
The race for the 15U Red Division berths to Nationals should be one of the most interesting of the week. The top four teams in the group are all playing in Las Vegas, and all are very much in contention to finish in the top two and compete for the division title.
Midwest United FC 02 Royal (MI) won all four of its games in North Carolina to make itself the clear favorite entering play in Las Vegas, but it has little breathing room. Both St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC Elite (MO) and USA MP O2 Premier (SC) are undefeated, with three wins and a tie apiece, and sit just two points behind Midwest entering the final weekend. Meanwhile, SC Waukesha 02 Blue (WI) has nine points and is also in the thick of the race. The Top 4 teams will essentially play a round-robin this weekend with Amlong finishing against Midwest United, the favorites.
Scott Gallagher qualified by winning the Missouri State Cup last June but this team came together through the SLSG ID effort over the Summer. The first weekend were their first games ever and they killed it, going 3-0-1. They’ll face off against The boys will play in the MRL Premier I this Spring.
Interview with Donald Ross (C), Devin Livingstone and Theo Ruppert in February on how the team came together and the results achieved to date.
|Friday||11:00 am||SC Waukesha 02 Blue (WI)||3-1 W|
|Saturday||9:00 pm||USA MP O2 Premier (SC)||1-1 D|
|Sunday||8:30 am||Midwest United FC 02 Royal (MI)|
SATURDAY – the draw maintains a 3pt advantage for SLSG, more critical is the +6 GD. Will need either points against the National Champions or maintain the GD advantage over USA MP, who face Waukesha Sunday.
Slsg. 3 wisconsin 1. anic from weinhold. Lucas from anic . Murillo from anic pic.twitter.com/HSYTnFTE3z
— tim amlong (@batman2617) March 10, 2017
|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 MannSporting 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. NATIONAL LEAGUE PREVIEW U16B
Sporting J. B. Marine (MO) are mathematically alive in the pursuit of the division title, but will need to win all three of its games in Las Vegas in order to have a shot at finishing in first.
|Friday||3:00 pm||Seattle United 01 Copa (WA)||1-0 W|
|Saturday||1:00 pm||KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA)||0-6 L|
|Sunday||8:0 am||CUP Gold 01 (OH-S)|
SATURDAY – the loss ends Sporting’s effort to win their Division. They face CUP Sunday who still have a chance to advance with a win over Sporting.
Goal.in the 76 minute. Aaron B. cross to Braden J. Headband goal. 1-0 good guys.
— Sporting JB Mann 01 (@sportingjbmann) March 10, 2017
|Sporting JB Marine Mann|
|5||Jacob Karolczak||M||Zumwalt South||2021|
|7||Blake Mann||D||Zumwalt South||2020|
U17 BOYS – BLACK Division
– SLSG Elite 2000, Head Coach – Andy Cooper
SLSG 2000 Elite open against Scottsdale Blackhawks 00 Boys Burke (AZ) Friday. After dropping a decision to McLean (National Champs) in its first game, SLSG played three very tight matches to wrap up its week in North Carolina — picking up ties in two of the contests. The Missouri side has a chance to build on that momentum and pick up some points in its first match in Vegas against Scottsdale.
|Friday||1:00 pm||Scottsdale Blackhawks 00 Boys Burke (AZ)||2-1 W|
|Saturday||1:00 pm||LA Galaxy San Diego 2000 Elite (CA-S)||2-1 W|
|Sunday||6:30 am||Davie United Sharks Blue (FL)|
|SLSG Elite Cooper|
U18 BOYS – BLUE Division
– Sporting STL McMahon Ford 1999, Head Coach Tommy Howe
BRYC 99 Elite (VA) enters the final weekend of play on top of the 18U Blue Division, and the Virginia side owns a five-point edge over the closest team with games still to be played. That team would be Sporting STL – McMahon Ford (MO), which picked up two wins and two draws during play in North Carolina — with all games decided by a goal or less. The Missouri side will need to pick up two wins (in 3 games)in order to surpass BRYC, which holds tiebreaker advantage should the two sides finish even in the standings.
Thanks to a 3-1 win over BRYC earlier in the season, LA Premier FC LAFA (CA-S) is also still in the hunt for the division title. LA Premier will need to win each of its games in Las Vegas in order to catch BRYC, and it must also get some help in the other contests to prevent Sporting STL from putting first place out of reach.
The two teams face each other to open this weekend. Both teams will enter this game with the lone goal of picking up three points in the standings. Every match in Las Vegas is a must-win for LA Premier, while Sporting STL doesn’t get much help from a tie. A Sporting win puts it in prime position to jump into first place while also ending LA’s hopes of a run to the title. But if the Cal South side can come away with a victory, it will stay alive and put the pressure on Sporting STL by pushing the Missouri side into must-win situations on the final two days of play. UPDATE – Sporting STL wins 4-2, needs one more (from two) to advance to the USYSA National Championships
|Friday||9:00 am||LA Premier FC LAFA (CA-S)||4-2 W|
|Saturday||11:00 am||La Roca South CS 99/00 Premier (UT)||1-2 L|
|Sunday||12:10 pm||Milwaukee Bavarians (WI)|
FRIDAY – a pair of goals by Johnny Klein (Rock Bridge) and one each by Avi Wesseh (DeSmet) and Joe Mueller (Howell Central) assist Hency (Summit) get the boys their first win INTERVIEW WITH COACH COLLICO
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) March 10, 2017
|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|