Four Missouri Boys Teams at National League Final Weekend

Friendly between STLFC Academy 2003 trialists and SLSG Elite Amlong 2002

Theo Ruppert (hands up) accepting congratulations on his goal for SLSG Elite Amlong 02

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

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.

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.


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SCHEDULE
Day Time Opponent Notes/Results
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.
FRIDAY

SLSG Elite Amlong
# Name Pos High School Graduation Calendar
17 Marko Anic M Lindbergh 2021 2002
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
0 Evan Hofer GK MICDS 2020 2002
32 Joseph Hunt M DeSmet 2021 2002
66 Cole Hutson M Lindbergh 2020 2002
30 Adam Kuntz M Chaminade 2020 2002
34 Devin Livingstone F Ft. Zumwalt South 2020 2002
14 Adam Lucas F Bayless 2020 2002
16 Malik Maroney D St. Dominic 2020 2002
2 Nick Merlo D Lindbergh 2021 2002
24 Nate Murillo M Holt 2020 2002
4 Donald Ross D Priory 2021 2002
15 Theo Ruppert F Kirkwood 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 JBM Mann 2001

Sporting JB Marine Mann 2001 at National League, March 2016

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. 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.

SCHEDULE
Day Time Opponent Notes/Results
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.
FRIDAY

Sporting JB Marine Mann
# Name Pos High School Graduation Calendar
4 Seth Anderson 2021
24 Samuel Benoist M CBC 2020
8 Aaron Boulch F 2020
16 Kyle Burke D 2020
12 Luis Capilla
20 Tye Castello
5 Robert Claus 2001
3 Thomas Deavilla D 2020
6 Arthur DeCampos M 2020
11 Nicolas Derleth 2020
15 Trenton Dietiker D 2020
37 Riley Dubbs F 2020
1 Hunter Hiett GK 2020
3 Braden Johnson 2019
5 Ronald Kaminski 2019
5 Jacob Karolczak M Zumwalt South 2021
7 Blake Mann D Zumwalt South 2020
10 Padric McGuire 2019
GK William Nicholson GK 2021
14 Ethan Pfaff M 2020
9 Drew Schenk F 2020
27 Jake Unterreiner

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.

SCHEDULE
Day Time Opponent Notes/Results
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
# Name Pos High School Graduation Calendar
3 Jordan Andrews F 2018
21 Julian Bennett F 2019
5 Brenden Dolan D 2019
2 James Dulle M 2019
6 Justin Gleason D 2018
7 Ray Goedeker M 2018
8 Jake Guhr D 2019
1 Brenden Jackson GK 2019
9 Nick Lennartz M 2018
0 Alec Meissner GK 2018
10 Thomas Naumann M 2019
12 Pietro Nicastro D 2018
11 Anthony Nicastro M 2018
13 Scotty Ross D 2019
14 Will Rudder F 2018
15 Mitchell Vaughn M 2018
16 Cameron Verzino D 2018
17 Kaleb Weeks D 2018

U18 BOYS – BLUE Division

Sporting STL McMahon Ford 1999, Head Coach Tommy Howe

Sporting STL McMahon Win MRL Match against Ft Wayne United 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

SCHEDULE
Day Time Opponent Notes/Results
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

Sporting STL McMahon Howe
# Name Pos High School Graduation Calendar
0 Eric Bauche GK St. Dominic
1 T.J. Reigner GK Vianney
2 Jeremiah Collins F -
5 Billy Hency MF Rockwood Summit
6 Jake Totty MF Howell
7 Alvin "Avi" Wesseh F DeSmet
8 Joey Spotanski F Ft. Zumwalt South
9 Steven Bibas MF Vianney
10 Andrew "Drew" Domalewski MF Timberland
11 Travis Hunt MF Ft. Zumwalt West
14 Austin Kliefoth MF Clayton
15 Joseph "Joey" Mueller MF Howell Central
16 Corey Goede D Rockwood Summit
17 William Clayton D Howell
20 John Klein D Rock Bridge
22 Caden Castello D Howell
23 Jack Edwards D CBC
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