My opener in what I anticipate will become a regular effort, a look at the players who are Representing #STLsoccer at the professional level. So Tuesday’s, following the previous weekends games will be the likely day this will appear. We’ll see how much interest you show in the feature. Let’s get this started…
Matt Picken’s (Missouri State/Meramec CC/St.Francis Borgia) came to St. Louis Saturday as the Tampa Bay Rowdies were part of an explosive game (4-3 to STLFC who gained a 2-0 advantage, lost it as TB scored three and then won on a late goal). Picken’s was celebrating last week with Ralph’s Mob (TB Supporters Group) as he played his 100th game in goal for the Rowdie’s. As noted in my report on Matt’s visit it’s the second club he’s accomplished that with. The first came in Major League Soccer. Can you name the team?
Belleville West grad Seth Rudolph had a good night with Saint Louis FC Sunday as he got two goals, including the game-winner, against Tampa Bay. Player Profile
— USL (@USL) August 14, 2017
Tim Ream – Reflects on his Remarkable Transformation
The biggest compliment you can pay Tim Ream is that Fulham fans are now sweating over who will partner him at Elland Road on Tuesday night. The American centre back, a thinker about the game and one of the more cerebral voices in the dressing room, would freely acknowledge that he didn’t have the smoothest of starts to life at Craven Cottage but his assured displays now make him an indispensable member of Slavisa Jokanovic’s back four. Ream was outstanding in the second half of last season but nothing encapsulated the transformation in his own fortunes better than his peerless performance as the organiser of the back line at Reading on Saturday.
Following the display at Reading, Ream was also named to EFL Team of the Week
After his defensive partner was dismissed inside the first minute, Ream found himself up against it as Fulham faced Reading on the road. But the American turned in a fantastic display to stem the Royals’ attack, helping the Cottagers come away with a point in the 1-1 draw.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 13, 2017
Former St. Louis Lion and a CBC grad, Tommy Heinemann recognized
— San Francisco Deltas (@sfdeltas) August 9, 2017
Two time State Champion at Liberty (KC), Shea Groom winner for FCKC. It was from a cross by Becky Sauerbrunn (Ladue) in a game that also saw two-time FIFA Player of the Year Carli Lloyd go down with an ankle injury. Dash fans are understandably concerned.
— FC Kansas City (@FCKansasCity) August 14, 2017
While we are on the topic of Representing and professional players, did you catch Tony Messenger’s article in the Post-Dispatch last week on the lawsuit related to the Scottrade Center renovations? The money quote for soccer fans
What St. Louis needs, she says, is a regional sports authority, a body that can fund the sports amenities in the St. Louis region from both city and county taxpayers, and possibly even do a better job of luring new teams, such as MLS or even an NBA basketball team to play in Scottrade.
“We need a reset here,” Spencer said. “We need a regional solution to fund these amenities. It starts with regional financing and more public oversight.”