Soccer STL Club, College & HS Soccer Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:26:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gabe Kash Joins U15 BNT for Tournament Delle Nazioni Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:47:48 +0000 U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach Hugo Perez has named an 18-player roster for the upcoming Tournament Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy, that runs from April 25-May 1.

The U.S., which will play a friendly match against a to-be-determined opponent on April 23, is in Group C and opens tournament play against Slovenia on Friday, April 25. The team then plays Mexico on Saturday before concluding group play against China PR on Sunday.

The tournament fields two other four-team groups consisting of Brazil, Israel, Italy and Zambia in Group A, and Azerbaijan, Chile, Croatia and Japan in Group B. The three group winners and best second-placed team of the three groups advance to the tournament semifinals where the Group A winner meets the Group B winner, and the Group C winner faces the best second-placed qualifier on April 29. The tournament final will be played on May 1.

The roster is comprised of a familiar group of players as 14 of the 18 have participated in both the U-15 BNT’s trip to the United Arab Emirates in January and its domestic training camp in Carson, Calif., in March. Club Tijuana defender Angel Uribe is the only player on the roster not to have taken part in either 2014 event; however, he did participate in the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the current cycle back in October of 2013.

NOTE – Gabe was invited to the initial camp but was unable to attend when he broke his leg in an Academy game with SLSG Metro. He did attend the most recent camp held March 22-30. He’s obviously recovered!

Twelve of the players on the roster are currently registered with U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs, while a further two, Jose Alfaro Jr. (Monarcas Morelia) and Kyle Gruno (Leicester City) formerly played with Development Academy teams.

Additionally, former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tony Meola will accompany the U-15 BNT to Italy to serve as the team’s Goalkeeper Coach. The 2012 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee previously served in a similar capacity for the team’s March training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center.

April 23 – U-15 BNT vs. TBD
April 25; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Slovenia; Bilje, Slovenia
April 26; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. Mexico; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 27; 11:30 a.m. ET – U-15 BNT vs. China PR; Vipolze, Slovenia
April 29 – Tournament Delle Nazioni Semifinals
May 1 – Tournament Delle Nazioni Final

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Avilez (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Erik Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Jose Alfaro, Jr. (Monarcas Morelia; West Chicago, Ill.), McKay Eves (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Kyle Gruno (Leicester City; Saddle River, N.J.), Gabe Kash (St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro; Marshall, Ill.), Angel Uribe (Club Tijuana; Tijuana, Mexico), Sam Vines (Colorado Rapids; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Raul Aguilera, Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Lucas Del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy; Durham, N.C.), Jeanpaul Marin (New York Red Bulls; Rego Park, N.Y.), Leonardo Marquez (Odyssey South; Visalia, Calif.), Marty Raygoza (FC Golden State; South El Monte, Calif.) Adolfo Trujillo (De Anza Force; Livermore, Calif.), Hanif Wright (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.)

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Tony DiCicco Free Clinic April 23rd in St Peters Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:31:11 +0000 Missouri Rush Soccer Club is bringing former USWNT Head Coach Tony DiCicco to St Charles on Wednesday April 23rd for a FREE Player and Coaches Clinic.

Players aged 11-16 will have a unique opportunity to be personally coached by the former US Women’s Nationation Team Coach Tony DiCicco. Coaches will be able to observe and take away practices that Coach DiCicco has used with his National Team players.

DiCicco Players Clinic
Wednesday April 23rd
Goalkeepers – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Field Players – 6:45 to 7:45 pm
Woodlands Park, St Peters MO

Download the Dicicco Camp Flyer

This summer Missouri Rush will host a week of SOCCERPLUS Day Camps for Goalkeepers, Field Players and Teams at Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex the week of July 21st. Come out this Wednesday and discover the possibilities available with Tony DiCicco and his SOCCERPLUS Camps.

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Missouri High School Girls Soccer Coaches Poll #2 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:17:15 +0000
Hannah Brobst of Visitation skips past the defender en route to the goal

Hannah Brobst of Visitation skips past the defender en route to the goal

The Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) have released their second regular season poll of the season. Let’s take a look at the changes…

Girls Soccer Poll #2 17-Apr-2014

When Blue Valley Northwest grabbed the St Louis Soccer Classic title that included a 4-0 shutout of the St Joe Angel’s, just day’s after BVNW lost in PK’s to St Teresa who went on to win the MO-KAN Challenge. A good early head-to-head comparison. There are at least two coaches with faith in the Angel’s learning abilities and the tight State semifinal match the two teams played last year.

Points fall pretty rapidly after #4 Nixa but the Top 5 otherwise remain the same except for the switch at the top. Lee’s Summit North appears for the first time this season in the #6 spot while Cor Jesu falls off the list. Kirkwood also introduces themselves and look at that, they’re tied for #10 with Webster Groves. That’s all five members of Class 3 District 7 ranked in the Top 10.

Class 3
Rank Team Record Points
1 St. Teresa's Academy (8) 5-0-0 97
2 St. Joseph's (2) 5-0-0 96
3 Nerinx Hall 5-0-1 84
4 Nixa 7-1-1 75
5 Jefferson City 8-1-1 51
6 Lee's Summit North 4-3-2 46
7 Ursuline 3-0-1 37
8 Park Hill (1) 10-2-1 31
9 Glendale 8-1-0 25
10 Kirkwood 5-1-1 16
10 Webster Groves 7-2 16
Others: Camdenton 11, Jackson 9, Eureka 3, Rockwood Summit 2, Seckman 1.

Visitation has solidified their position at the top of Class 2. After beating #2 St Dominic 2-1 in late March, it’s likely we’ll see the two again in the Quarterfinals as has been the case ?????. Kearney jumps to #3 with several votes for the top spot after reaching the Final of the Heartland Classic last weekend, only to fall to large school St Thomas Aquinas in the final.

Going forward, after seeing three games already I don’t see Incarnate Word continuing their District win streak. A lack of consistent scoring will make it hard to get past MICDS I think, with Ladue hanging around hoping to earn their first District title with a team that has a nice mix of players.

In Central Missouri, District 10 will pit Helias, Rolla and Bolivar in the chase for hardware. The winner will face a strong Union team in Sectionals. Union will remember the OT loss to Helias last year and that hunger may be the primary difference.

Class 2
Rank Team Record Points
1 Visitation (10) 9-1 145
2 St. Dominic (1) 7-2 122
3 Kearney (3) 10-1-1 118
4 Incarnate Word 3-4-1 79
5 Rolla 9-2 66
5 Smithville 9-2 66
7 Helias 7-5 49
8 Union 10-2 38
9 St. Charles West 7-1 28
10 Ladue 10-1 25
10 MICDS 5-3 25
Others: Bolivar 6, Notre Dame de Sion 4, Cape Notre Dame 4, Windsor 4.

Defending champions Duchesne move to the top spot in the polls as St Pius X (Festus) settle into the #2 spot. These two appear to be the class of the small school programs and they could reprise their State Final this season. I’ll have to see what I can find out about the KC area teams and their opportunities come playoffs.

Class 1
Rank Team Record Points
1 Duchesne (6) 7-3 96
2 St. Pius (Festus) (3) 7-2 88
3 Trinity Catholic (1) 6-0 69
4 Springfield Catholic 7-4 68
5 St. Pius (KC) 7-0-1 51
6 Saxony Lutheran 6-3 42
7 Kennedy 6-3 33
8 Maryville 5-0 32
9 Barstow 3-0-2 25
10 Lutheran SC 6-3 13
Others: Principia 9, Bishop LeBlond 5, O'Hara 5, Osage 5, St. Vincent 3, Dixon 3, Sacred Heart 2, Boonville 1, Lutheran KC 1.
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Ado Jahić Competes With Bosnia U17 National Team Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:18:49 +0000

Ado Jahic, on left, with Bosnia-Herzegovina teammates at UEFA Qualifying in Scotland

Ado Jahic of Mehlville and the Scott Gallagher Missouri Academy team, recently represented the U17 Bosnian national team in the UEFA U17 Euro 2014 Elite Round. That meant a trip to Scotland to participate in the Final Group Stages of the UEFA U17 Qualifying in late March.

Scotland advanced from the Group to the Championship with Bosnia and Herzegovina finishing second, building on a 1-0 win against Romania in their second game with a 3-0 victory over Belgium, in which Amer Gojak notched his second and third Group 6 goals. Jahić came on as a substitute in the 78th minute of the 3-0 win over Belgium. He was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Romania and the 0-2 loss to Scotland.

Upon his return, Chicago-based, a website focused on covering Bosnian sports (in English) worldwide, interviewed Ado about the opportunity and his future career goals. A very good read for those interested in tracking local talent such as Ado. You can follow them on Twitter @BH_Dragons

INTERVIEW with ADO JAHIC – St. Louis & U17 Bosnian NT Talent

We sat down today with young St. Louis talent 16 year-old Ado Jahic to talk about his career, future, and more. He recently represented the U17 Bosnian national team in the UEFA U17 Euro 2014 Elite Round.

First of all, congratulations on being selected to represent the U17 Bosnian national team last month during the Elite Round of the U17 Euro 2014 tournament. What was your initial reaction when you earned the call-up and what is it like representing Bosnia-Herzegovina?

“Thank you, honestly my first reaction when my dad told me about the call-up was I thought I was dreaming, because ever since I started kicking the ball around, it was my dream, like every Bosnian player’s dream, to put on the Bosnian national team jersey and represent Bosnia. What an experience. I will never forget it, and I hope for many more call-ups.”

As noted, you can read more at the website.

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Footprints Matches April 22nd for Cardinal Glennon Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Footprints Soccer FundraiserFOOTPRINTS FUNDRAISER

Cor Jesu, Rosati-Kain, St. Dominic and Ursuline are raising money for the Footprint’s Program at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Footprint’s provides financial assistance for families with seriously and terminally ill children.

At 4 p.m. on April 22, Cor Jesu will host Rosati-Kain. Each player on both teams will wear special jerseys from Soccer Master that they will purchase for $15. Jerseys for fans will be available for purchase through the school as well for $15. There will be a small admission charge to the game and a concession stand will be available to help raise money, which will also be donated to Footprints.

Marsha Koeller wristband

Molly Ream wears a Marsha Koeller wristband, 2013

Ursuline will host St. Dominic in their game at the same time, at 4 p.m. on April 22. Fans will also be able to support Footprints via jersey purchases, game admission and concessions. There will also be a raffle.

Everyone has a story for why they are involved in this effort. As I understand it, for Coach Beekman of Ursuline it is a sibling. For Coach Koeller at St Dominic, well, here’s his story

…when I was asked three years ago to join in this effort by then IWA coach Annie Beekman I did not hesitate to answer her request with an emphatic “Yes!”. All I heard was Cardinal Glennon and the title “Footprints” and I was sold! The story below explains my reason….


As my photo of Molly Ream above shows, the Crusader girls are still wearing armbands to this day remembering Marsha Koeller. Her daughters Madeline (#12) and Mary (#2) will be on the pitch Monday.

Both games are followed by JV games as well…..Ursuline is white , St Dominic are navy….. The schools are asking for a $1 donation at the door for every fan to get the youngsters involved from area grade schools!

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FC Kansas City Open NWSL Season Sat, 12 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000
2014-03-22 NWSL Exhibition match at St Louis Soccer Park

2014-03-22 FC Kansas City in NWSL Exhibition match at St Louis Soccer Park

Saturday will mark the second consecutive year the Blues have opened the season at home after playing in the inaugural NWSL match against Portland Thorns FC last year. It will be FC Kansas City’s first game at their new home stadium at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

Game Time: Saturday April 12, 7:00 pm
See: Live Stream via FC KC YouTube Channel
Schedule: Soccer on TV calendar

Lauren Holiday will be looking to follow up on last year’s performance that saw her lead the league in both goals (12) and assists (9). The UCLA-product set an NWSL record with a goal or an assist in 10 consecutive games and was overwhelming voted the league’s inaugural Most Valuable Player.

Holiday wasn’t the only Blues player honored at the end of last season.

In fact, FC Kansas City pulled off a clean sweep of the 2013 NWSL Season awards – with midfielder Erika Tymrak taking Rookie of the Year, Nicole Barnhart named Goal keeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn claiming Defender of the Year, Vlatko Andonovski earning Coach of the Year and Holiday honored as both MVP and the 2013 NWSL Golden Boot winner.

The matchup with Sky Blue FC features two of the four playoff teams from last season and five players from the 2013 NWSL Best XI. In addition to Holiday, Barnhart and Sauerbrunn, FCKC defender Leigh Ann Robinson and SBFC defender Rampone expected to take the field Saturday night.

Defender and NWSL Second XI honoree Caitlin Foord also returns for Sky Blue FC as well as Mexico

international Monica Ocampo, the team’s leading scorer last season, and Canada international Sophie Schmidt. Midfielder and U.S. international Kelley O’Hara is also expected to play a major role for SBFC as the team pushes for back-to-back playoff appearances.

Sky Blue FC will host defending champions Portland Thorns FC at Yurcak Field in their home opener on April 19. SBFC opens the season with four of their first six games at home.

FC Kansas City play four of their first six games on the road, including trips to play the Washington Spirit and the Thorns FC before returning home to face the Chicago Red Stars in a midweek game on April 30.

ALL NWSL GAMES will be broadcast live on YouTube this season. The NWSL has also established improved live streaming production standards for the 2014 season, which will improve the quality of the league’s live streams. All games will be streamed in High Definition with a minimum of three cameras with experienced camera operators to provide better images of the action along with a standardized league-wide graphics package.

Live games will once again be available for free with archived games available shortly after each game’s completion. In addition, the NWSL will provide a highlights package of each game for the first time this season on the league’s YouTube channel.

YouTube Live will once again provide fans with features during live games including DVR, chat, HD, and social media interactivity. Fans are encouraged to subscribe for free to the league and team-specific YouTube channels. Please visit for links to each NWSL account.

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Visitation Soccer Show Their Class Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:28:32 +0000
Abbie Grimes holds off defender in front of Viz bench

Abbie Grimes holds off defender in front of Viz bench

The Vivette’s are bringing back memories of their Championship teams in 2010 and 2011 with the quality they showed Friday in their 3-2 win over Webster Groves. A dominant first half that saw the Statesmen go without a shot on goal was enhanced by a pair of goals, both coming from the run of play.

Viz showed patience and aggressiveness in equal part as they worked to first deny Webster, focused as all teams have been since St Joe’s dominating District win last year, by concentrating on limiting Maddy Pokorny’s opportunities. That was made easier with her initial role as a forward where Viz’s suffocating defense required Pokorny to seek out long balls sent forward with little purpose. Later, as she was moved back into the midfield, by attention from Liz Hopkins and Abby O’Keefe who set the tempo of the Vivette’s efforts on the day.

Visitation has multiple attacking options, the difference between a Top 5 team and everyone else. With senior Abby Grimes paired with wunderkind Kayleigh Stahlschmidt, a freshman, up top there is a yin-yang element that keeps defenses off balance. The first goal came from Stahlschmidt in the 15th when she put her shot past Charlotte Kennedy with a low hard blast to the near post. The second goal was scored by Sarah Price, who buried a cross from Grimes in the 25th.

Price, with Hannah Brobst and Amalia Tettambel, are wide midfielders who work extremely hard on both sides of the ball. Price has stood out for me in the two games I’ve seen in her attacking skills. In recent years there has been plenty of attention at the highest levels on wide players who play on their weak side, in this case the left, but then create havoc with their runs into the middle that offer opportunities to score with their stronger foot (Bale & Robben for example). Watch Sarah as she makes those runs this season. It disrupts defenses and she’s got the shot that makes her dangerous anywhere inside 25 yards.

The Statesmen seem to be learning what it means to play with a target on your back. After their win over Nerinx in District semifinals last year and the respect McVey showed for Pokorny in St Joe’s District win, Webster is no longer the underdog nor a surprise to anyone. They did not handle the pressure well at all in the first half. In the second, a system change that brought Pokorny into central midfield, the appropriate place for her in my opinion, along with a commitment to keep the ball on the ground showed they can move the ball as a unit when they try.

An attack that began with four touches in the back corner led to freshman Jacqueline Baetz breaking down the right touchline. Game on as the ball eventually found Pokorny in the box where her shot found the net four minutes into the half, after deflecting off a Viz defender. Webster moved the ball well with this new configuration, featuring Jr Cami Unger partnering with Pokorny and Peyton Beck moving up to get numbers in the midfield.

That narrow emphasis was exploited later by the Vivette’s however. It was the senior Grimes who made the difference as she moved wide to provide an outlet and used her skills to win important 1v1 games in the offensive end. When her initial shot was saved in the 60th Webster’s attempt at a clearance fell to O’Keefe 25 yards out and her shot just eluded Kennedy as it flew in under the crossbar.

O’Keefe’s goal extended the Viz advantage to 3-1 and decided the game as Webster was unable to muster another strong attacking opportunity until the final minute when a defensive mistake, the last defender stepped on the ball and fell, allowing sophomore Alex Harper to break in alone on on kat Zaber. Harper finished well.

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All-American Louie Berra at SIUE Saturday Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:44:45 +0000 louis-berra-louisville-cardinalsIt’s a darn good weekend for soccer and that includes the College game. Of particular note is the return to the pitch of Louis Berra for the Louisville Cardinals after sitting out a season following his transfer from Ohio State. The DeSmet soccer alum and his teammates face off against the SIUE Cougars on Saturday afternoon in Edwardsville. Game time is 3:30 pm. There is an Alumni game at 2:30 as well.

Prior to the Men’s game the SIUE Women will host the Governor’s Cup. SIUE will face off with Eastern Illinois while Northern Illinois will play Western Illinois. The winners of each game will play for the Governor’s Cup. The other two teams will play for third place. The first kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m.

I maintain a St Louis Soccer Calendar where you can find Men (Blue) and Women’s (pink) games as well as key High School and Club games I add to keep on my radar. They’re color-coded for your convenience.

Other quality choices include Tulsa at SLU Billikens (Men) on Saturday at 2pm while the Women host Western Kentucky at 11 am.

The Quincy Lady Hawks are also in town, playing at Lindenwood University at noon on Saturday. It’s the soccer pitch located back behind the student housing, across the creek from the Stadium. Drive back there, go to the left and then to the right past the Dorm.

Looking to next weekend, the Lady Billikens will wrap their preseason by hosting SEMO on Friday April 25, 5:30 pm at Hermann Stadium. The annual Alumni game is on Saturday at 2pm.

SLU Billikens – Men’s Spring Schedule
SIUE Cougars – Spring Schedule Released

SLU Billikens – Six Home Games This Spring
SIUE Cougars – Three Spring Dates

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Champions League Semi-Final Draw Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:20:37 +0000 champions-league-semifinal-draw-2014
Bayern Munich will face Real Madrid for a place in the Champions League final.

Friday’s semi-final draw pitted defending champions Bayern against Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who scraped through 3-2 on aggregate against Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea will play Atletico Madrid in the other semi-final, with the first legs taking place on April 22/23 and the return the following week.

Real’s pairing against Bayern brings together two clubs who have won the competition 14 times between them.

Five-time winners Bayern, quarter-final conquerors of Manchester United, are the defending champions. They beat fellow German side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

Real have won European club football’s top prize nine times – but not since 2002. Read more at Fox Soccer

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Free Youth Clinic at SIUE April 18th Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:38:52 +0000 The SIUE men’s and women’s soccer programs will host a free clinic for youth players on Friday, April 18th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Korte Stadium.

“We’re excited to welcome the local community out to Korte Stadium for an enjoyable day of soccer and interaction with our student-athletes,” SIUE men’s soccer Head Coach Scott Donnelly said. “As an athletic department, we always jump at the chance to give back to the surrounding community.”

The clinic is open to boys and girls ages 6-13 and welcomes players of all experience levels.

Coaches and players from the Cougar men’s and women’s soccer teams will oversee the clinic, which features various technical activities as well as small-sided games.

“Our student-athletes and coaching staffs are looking forward to a fun-filled evening,” SIUE women’s soccer Head Coach Derek Burton said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the youth soccer community and have a blast doing it. It’s going to be a great time.”

In addition to on-field training, a number of giveaways and an autograph session will be available for clinic participants.

If you wish to participate, please email your child’s name and age to or call men’s soccer Assistant Coach David Korn at 618-650-3738.

Registration Flyer

For any other information on all upcoming SIUE soccer camps, please visit the men’s and women’s camp pages.

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