Six St. Louis Boys soccer teams open play at the Fall National League Boys Showcase Thursday December 7, running through Sunday December 10 for this first round. The games will be played primarily at the Wilson Gillette Soccer Complex and Rocky Mount Sports Complex in North Carolina. The teams will wrap up their season with three games alongside the Player College Showcase in Las Vegas, NV March 9-11.
Sporting JB Marine 2002 Mann joins five SLSG Missouri Elite teams, who all experienced playing in the Region II Tournament last Summer as State Cup Champions (with the 2004 boys advancing as the Wildcard). The 2002 Amlong boys reached the Final of the National Championship and thus earn the feature photo spot in this report. Brief previews, schedules and rosters can be found below. I also have all the games in my St. Louis Soccer calendar and the games being streamed are included in my Soccer on TV calendar.
All 16U-18U teams will have one of their opening weekend games streamed to give those players in the primary recruiting age groups an opportunity to have a game broadcasted. The schedule for the local teams is below. The link provided takes you to a page with individual stream links, so find your day, game time and then the team. LIVE STREAM PAGE
Thu Dec 07, 9:00 AM, 2001 SLSG Elite v Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black (PA-E) WIN
Fri Dec 08, 11 :00 AM, 2002 SLSG Elite v Loudoun Red (VA) WIN
Sat Dec 09, 9:00 AM, 2002 Sporting JBM v USA Mt. Pleasant Premier (SC) DRAW
Sat Dec 09, 3:00 PM, 2000 SLSG Elite v Team Boca 2000 White (FL)
I posting the story now while finishing it this evening. I’ll also be following the games and providing key updates via Twitter
In other news, Llywelyn’s Pub has agreed to host a Watch Party Friday night for the Semifinals of the College Cup. A pair of Lafayette grads, brothers Austin (2015) and Logan Pancht (2017) could face each other in the Final on Sunday. Their teams – Indiana and Stanford – play Friday. Come out and join us in Wildwood, just a mile South of Lafayette on Manchester Road.
THURSDAY RESULTS – WLLWWW (4-2-0)
The two youngest age groups opened with losses while the U16-U18 boys all won, including an strong effort by the 01’s to come back from 0-1 to defeat the PHI Ukranians 2-1 who came in with some good press.
FRIDAY RESULTS – LLLWWL (2-4-0)
The Gallagher 2001 and 2002 boys earned the wins while there were five own goals scored in the six matches. Three by a pair of teams while the 02 boys benefited by a pair.
SATURDAY RESULTS – DPLWPW (2-1-1, 2 DNP) weather conditions have canceled games for the 2004 Grady and 2001 Burke squads
SUNDAY RESULTS – PPPPxP ( ) weather conditions have canceled all games except for the 2001 boys
Sporting JBM 2002 Mann
All of the groups are tough at National League due to the select nature of the league. The schedule can make a key difference. For Sporting, an opening match against last year’s Region II champion will be challenge that is immediately followed by a game against the National Champions. Only one team advances from the group so points will be necessary to stay in the race. TEAM LINK
|SJBM 2002 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||10:15 AM||NFC 02 Blue (NE)||3-1 W|
|Fri Dec 08||11:00 AM||Solar Chelsea Red 02 Stricker (TX-N)||1-5|
|Sat Dec 09||9:00 AM||USA MP 02 Premier (SC)||1-1 D (goal)|
|Sun Dec 10||10:10 AM||Arlington SA 2002 Red (VA)||POSTPONED|
The team went 1-1-1, opening with a win before losing to the defending champions on Friday and coming back in terrible conditions for a draw on Saturday. Sunday’s game canceled due to the snow storm hitting the East Coast.
Thu – Sporting opened a 3-0 lead on first half goals by Arthur DeCampos (Chaminade), Cole Pardo (CBC) and Jim Sanchez ( ) enroute to their opening win. Note that NFC Blue won the Region II title last year.
Fri – Sporting opened the scoring in the 3rd minute via John Gates but eventually surrendered five to the defending National Champions
Sat – after giving up a goal 40 seconds into the match, Sporting maintained their composure and kept the ball on the ground in terrible conditions that included rain, win and cold. Winning a goal kick in the center circle, a run down the right will shrugging off a challenge led to a strong shot parried by the keeper but finished by Sporting as they got two attackers into the box to earn the draw. video
SLSG 2004 Elite Grady
The big news on the National League website for the U14’s is Gallagher’s status as the defending National Champions. The only problem is that team is now participating in the SLSG Missouri Academy program (they were pre-Academy) last year for their one season in the USYSA fold. Thus a brand new team of seventh and eight graders will represent this season.
The Sporting Blue Valley squad they face on Sunday is the only one getting a shout out from the USYSA site so we’ll wait to see how things play out this week. The Roster can be found below these reviews or visit the TEAM LINK
|SLSG 2004 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||12:15 PM||Soltilo FC Los Angeles (CA-S)||0-1 L|
|Fri Dec 08||10:15 AM||Bethesda Blue 04 (MD)||1-4 L|
|Fri Mar 09||TBD||KSA 04 Pro-Profile (GA)||RESCHEDULED|
|Sun Dec 10||10:10 AM||Sporting BV SKC Academy 04 (KS)||POSTPONED|
Thu – a goal two minutes into the second half proved the difference as the team opened their first season in National League
Fri – Own goal tied for the scoring lead in the match for BSC as SLSG were victimized by a pair of own goals. Will Raftery scored in the 56th minute to avoid the shutuout.
SLSG 2003 Elite Cuddy
The SLSG Elite boys navigated a very tight group in US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League play to qualify for the National League. Both could make some noise in the Blue Division. The Blue group includes the defending National Champions, United SA Mt. Pleasant (SC), who SLSG will face on Sunday in their final match of this round. The Roster can be found below these reviews or visit the TEAM LINK
|SLSG 2003 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||8:30 AM||Baltimore Celtic Premier (MD)||1-5 L|
|Fri Dec 08||8:30 AM||Takoma Park Friends United – Red (MD)||0-4 L|
|Sat Dec 09||3:00 PM||CFJ City 2003 Pre-Academy (IL)||1-5 L|
|Sun Dec 10||12:00 PM||United SA Mount Pleasant 03B Premier (SC)||POSTPONED|
Tough weekend for the boys as they go 0-3 with a -12 GD (2 Goals, 14 allowed)
Thu – Sean Green scored for SLSG in the 28th min but by then it was already 1-3 as the boys gave up two more in the second half, including one in the final minute.
Fri – Takoma scored four goals in the final 17 minutes of the match
Sat – Despite allowing an early goal, CFJ City 2003 Pre-Academy (IL) defeated SLSG 2003 Elite (MO) by a significant margin for its second win in the 15U Blue Division. While Evan Browne scored for SLSG in the fourth minute, CFJ immediately responded with an Abel Aldape goal. CFJ took the lead 10 minutes later thanks to Christian Munoz, who placed the ball in the net. Munoz increased the lead when a ball was slotted through for him to tap into the goal. Later, a crossed ball landed at Jaden Rice, and he kept his shot low to add to CFJ’s goals. To finish off the win, CFJ found Munoz once again on a through ball, allowing him to beat the goalkeeper and earn a hat trick.
SLSG 2002 Elite Amlong
The National semifinalists as U5’s, losing to Solar Chelseas (who were playing at home on the Frisco fields), ended the remarkable season the boys had. Coming together for the first time in late October 2016 as the Calendar Year change took place in conjunction with SLSG Tryouts. I met with Coach Amlong last November to discuss the upcoming League. It would be the first ‘tournament’ action for the team and they took the bull by the horns so to speak.
A pair of players – Adam Lucas () and Theo Ruppert () – were named to the Best XI at the National Championships last July. They advanced to the National Championship series by finishing second in their National League group last season, as well as going on to win the Missouri State Cup (picture above following that win over Sporting JB Marine Mann).
SC Waukesha should be the toughest match this week, as they finished second in their MRL division. The team needs to earn maximum points this week as they’ll face Boca OC (CA-S) and Excel Soccer Academy in March, both teams who are considered top contenders. TEAM LINK
|SLSG 2002 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||8:30 AM||Takoma Park Friends United (MD)||2-0 W|
|Fri Dec 08||11:00 AM||Loudoun 02 Red (VA)||4-1 W|
|Sat Dec 09||3:00 PM||SC Waukesha 02 Blue (WI)||2-0 W|
|Sun Dec 10||10:10 AM||OK Energy FC Central 02 (OK)||POSTPONED|
Best result of the opening weekend by the U16’s, building off of their NCS semifinal appearance last Summer to go 3-0, scoring by Livingstone in the first two matches and Adam Lucas and Kyle Weinhold in games 2 and 3 respectively (three own goals to their advantage).
Thu – An own goal and a score by Devin Livingstone (FZS) in the 13th propelled the boys to the opening win
Slsg 02 elite 2…tocoma park Maryland 0…. Livingstone from weinhold 17' Riley Dubbs from Kalish 78'. Job well done pic.twitter.com/lBpJJvtqop
— tim amlong (@batman2617) December 7, 2017
Fri – after giving up a goal in the 12th minute on a 50 yard run/counter, the SLSG boys settled down, getting what was later determined to be an own goal in the 33rd and a goal by Adam Lucas in the 36th that was the eventual game-winner. Devin Livingstone scored in the 52nd and a second own goal was credited in the 75th for the final margin.
Sat – An own goal in the 49th minute gave the boys a positive start to the second half and Kyle Weinhold scored three minutes later for the final margin
Sun – games canceled due to field/weather conditions
Our 2002 Elite went 3-0 in @NationalLeague with victories over Tokoma Park, Loudoun and Waukesha. 8 goals for, 1 goal against.
— SLSG Missouri Boys (@SLSGMOBoys) December 10, 2017
Season ends 2-1 loss to solar TX. In the last 2 minutes to play In semifinals heartbreaker! Slsg 02 elite will be back! pic.twitter.com/DvBQr8dvB7
— tim amlong (@batman2617) July 29, 2017
SLSG 2001 Elite Burke
The boys season ended last Summer in the Regional Final following a strong MRL season. They open against one of the top two teams in the group, Philadelphia Ukranian Nationals and will face CUP in March, who were Semifinalists at the NCS. Pipeline were Eastern Regional winners and a example of why this competition is so challenging. TEAM LINK
|SLSG 2001 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||9:00 AM||Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals 01 Black (PA-E)||LIVE STREAM|
|Fri Dec 08||11:00 AM||NCFC 01 Elite (NC)||4-0 W|
|Sat Dec 09||12:00 PM||Solar 01 Stricker (TX-N)||POSTPONED|
|Sun Dec 10||1:00 PM||Pipeline Pre Academy (MD)|
Thu – After giving up a counter attack goal in the 21st, the boys got goals from left back Brady Glon (Howell) in the 58th and the game winner by lone striker (in a 4-2-3-1) Trent Dolson (Marquette) in the 80th for the comeback win. They lost center back and captain Jack Douglas in the 83rd minute to a second yellow card, so the played short for 7+2 minutes.
Fri – SLSG game out strong in their second match with Trent Dolson scoring what proved to be the game-winner in the 19th minute. Cristopher Sewing added a brace, in the 56th and 83rd minute, and Camden Dunne also scored in the 68th minute.
Sat – postponed due to weather/field conditions
SLSG 2000 Elite Cooper
The top team in this weeks action are the FC Dallas side that finished 2nd in their National League group last year. SLSG finished middle of the table last year with a -2 goal differential. A slow start, opening with a pair of losses, was more than they could overcome as they bounced back with a pair of ties and then went 2-0-1 the final weekend. They’ll look to build on that result with a key quartet of SLUH players (Meissner, Verzino, Rudder, Goedeker) and Parkway Central’s attacking phenom Adam Burnett. TEAM LINK
|SLSG 2000 SCHEDULE|
|Thu Dec 07||9:00 AM||SC Waukesha 00 Blue (WI)||3-1 W|
|Fri Dec 08||9:00 AM||FC Dallas 00 Che (TX-N)||0-1 L|
|Sat Dec 09||3:00 PM||Team Boca 2000 White (FL)||5-0 W|
|Sun Dec 10||12:00 PM||BRYC Elite Academy (VA)|
Thu – goals by Justin Gleason (Christian O’Fallon) in the 32nd and Ray Goedeker (SLUH) in the 38th got the team started well. They gave up one in the 48th min but Adam Burnett (Parkway Central/MO Academy pick up) sealed it in the 57th minute.
Fri – After dropping its opening 18U Blue Division game, FC Dallas 00 Che (TX-N) picked an important three points on Friday with a 1-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Elite 2000 (MO). The Missouri side controlled possession early, while FC Dallas looked to strike on the counter attack. After withstanding a good amount of pressure from SLSG, FC Dallas nearly took a 35th-minute lead when Issomalia Dosso hit a right-footed blast from a tight angle that rattled the crossbar. Dosso didn’t miss when he got a second chance a breakthrough in the second half. The St. Louis keeper couldn’t handle a driven pass across the box, and Dosso pounced on the loose ball and squeezed a shot over the goal line — giving FC Dallas a 1-0 lead. St. Louis produced some late looks at goal, but the North Texas side hung on to earn the 1-0 win.
Sat – big win with Thomas Naumann scoring the hat-trick, including the eventual game-winner only 2 minutes into the match. Collin McDonough and Mitchell Vaughn also scored.
Sun – postponed due to the snow storm hitting the East Coast (from Texas up to East)
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation’s top teams in the 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U boys and girls age groups. The 14U and 15U divisions consist of a total of 16 teams per gender age group, while the 16U through 18U gender age groups feature 32 teams each. The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers the highest level of competition in the country as each team must earn their place in the league. National League teams continue play in their respective US Youth Soccer Regional Leagues and State Championships to complete their competitive calendar.
Teams play a seven-game schedule over two weekends, facing each team within its age group division one time. The League consists of three weekends of play per gender, with each team playing two of the three weekends.
The top teams from each division advance to the US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship in the country. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions in the 14U through 18U age groups to play for the National Championship. The top teams in each 14U through 17U division also secure a spot to return to National League play the following season.
|ROSTER SJBM 2002|
|ROSTER SLSG 2004|
|ROSTER SLSG 2003|
|ROSTER SLSG 2002|
|34||Devin Livingstone||Forward||2020||Zumwalt South|
|16||Malik Maroney||Defender||2020||St. Dominic|
|ROSTER SLSG 2001|
|ROSTER SLSG 2000|
|11||Adam Burnett||Midfield||2019||Parkway Central/Academy|
|06||Justin Gleason||Defender||2018||O'Fallon Christian|
With the combination of the SLSG Missouri and Illinois Academy programs, a number of boys joined the High School ranks this Fall as well as the Elite squads. I’ve noted new additions to the rosters with Academy experience under the High School column.