Soccer STL http://soccerstl.net Club, College & HS Soccer Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:26:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 SIUE Cougars Fall in OT to Tulsa http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/31/siue-cougars-fall-in-ot-to-tulsa/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/31/siue-cougars-fall-in-ot-to-tulsa/#respond Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:26:49 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146327
Tulsa earns 2-1 OT win at SIUE in mens D1 College soccer 31 Aug 2014

Kent Kobernus save but Akeil Barret (#4) scores


Via SIUECougars.com – For the second time in as many games, SIUE men’s soccer suffered an overtime defeat, falling 2-1 in double overtime Sunday at Korte Stadium.

Following an initial shot by Tulsa’s Austin Neil and a save by SIUE goalkeeper Kent Kobernus, Akeil Barrett pounced on the rebound and netted the game-winner from 15 yards away just 31 seconds into the second overtime period (pictured above).

Following a scoreless first half, it was SIUE (0-2) who struck. Senior Christian Volesky picked up his first goal of the season in the 63rd minute of play. Left-winger Jason Hackett played a ball forward to Paul Scheipeter. Scheipeter and Volesky were 2-on-1 with Tulsa goalkeeper Jake McGuire. When McGuire came off his line, Scheipeter slid the ball right to Volesky who tucked it home from eight yards out.

The Golden Hurricane, who improved to 1-1, pulled level just 11 minutes later. Neil got the equalizer from a tough angle on the right side to make it 1-1 in the 74th minute.

Tulsa outshot SIUE Sunday 23-12. The Golden Hurricane held a 10-2 advantage in the second half. Both teams had three shots apiece in the first overtime period. For more, including full game stats, visit SIUECougars.com

PHOTO GALLERY – SIUE hosts Tulsa
More will be available on Monday, another game to cover now….

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Lion’s win Parkway West – Northwest Tournament http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/parkway-west-northwest-boys-soccer-tournament-opens-friday/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/parkway-west-northwest-boys-soccer-tournament-opens-friday/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:30:00 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146148 image

UPDATED – Northwest Lions capture tourney title with 1-0 overtime win against Rockwood Summit. Details to follow.

Schedules keep coming in (Contact me with yours) and the earliest games include the Parkway West and Northwest season-opening tournament Friday. Twelve teams will play in four pools which will then lead to a knockout round and the Championship that will be played a week from Saturday.

Teams: Parkway West, Washington, Oakville, Windsor, Bishop DuBourg, Rockwood Summit, Fox, Northwest, Pattonville, Francis Howell North, Seckman, Lafayette

District Champions from last year in the group include Seckman and Francis Howell North Class 3 and Parkway West in Class 2.

Pool Play Dates: Friday 8/22, Saturday 8/23, Monday 8/25, Tuesday 8/26
Semi-Final/Loser bracket play date: Thursday 8/28
3rd place: Friday 8/29
Championship: Saturday 8/30
Gate: $5.00 per day $15.00 Tournament pass

Varsity Boys soccer tournament 2014
Pool A: 1. Northwest (C4 D1) 2. Windsor (C3 D3) 3. Fox (C4 D2)
Pool B: 1. Parkway West (C3 D6) 2. Pattonville (C4 D6) 3. Oakville (C3 D2)
Pool C: 1. Seckman (C4 D1) 2. Washington (C4 D8) 3. Rockwood Summit (C3 D3)
Pool D: 1. Lafayette (C4 D3) 2. Francis Howell North (C4 D6) 3. Bishop Dubourg (2 D3)

POOL PLAY
Day Time or Result Game Location or Game Notes
Friday Aug 22 6-0 Pool A: Northwest vs Windsor Kasey Ford gets 3. Kyle Mikes game-winner; Kevin Gregorc & Mitchell Lacy score
Friday Aug 22 1-2 Pool C: DuBourg vs Washington David Meyers & Jacob Whitworth score for BlueJays;
Saturday Aug 23 3-0 Pool D: Lafayette vs Howell North goals scored by?
Saturday Aug 23 0-1 Pool A: Windsor vs Fox 1st half goal by ?
Saturday Aug 23 0-8 Pool C: Washington vs Summit Savage(3) Widiger(2) Bippen T.Goede & Laaker scored
Monday Aug 25 1-3 Pool A: Fox vs Northwest Goals Tiexiera Lacy & Christopher – Jerger 27th sets program record
Monday Aug 25 4-2 Pool D: Howell North vs Seckman J Buechel & C Eakins for Seckman
Monday Aug 25 3-4 Pool B: Pattonville vs Oakville
Monday Aug 25 6-1 Pool C: Summit vs DuBourg Laaker -T. Goede(2) – Widiger – Ward -Hency score for Falcons
Tuesday Aug 26 1-1 Pool B: Oakville vs Parkway West Colin Moran for OHS Collin Basler for PW
Wednesday Aug 26 20:00 Pool D: Seckman vs Lafayette Parkway West
Wednesday Aug 27 18:00 Pool B: Parkway West vs Pattonville Parkway West
Thursday Aug 28 17:00 2nd place POOL A vs. POOL B Northwest
Thursday Aug 28 19:00 2nd place POOL C vs. POOL D Northwest
Thursday Aug 28 17:00 1st place POOL A vs. POOL B Parkway West
Thursday Aug 28 19:00 1st place POOL C vs. POOL D Parkway West
Thursday Aug 28 17:00 3rd place POOL A vs. POOL B Rockwood Summit
Thursday Aug 28 19:00 3rd place POOL C vs. Pool D Rockwood Summit
Friday Aug 29 16:00 Third Place Northwest
Saturday Aug 30 10:00 Championship game Parkway West

Point System:
* 4 points for win
* 2 points for tie
* 1 point for a shut-out
NO OVERTIME IN POOL PLAY

Tie Breakers (pool play):
* Head to head
* Goal differential –(Max of 4 per game)
* Most shut-outs
* Least number of goals allowed
* Most number of goals scored

NORTHWEST WINS 6-0 OVER WINDSOR (Day 1)

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Becky Sauerbrunn in NWSL Final Sunday on ESPN2 http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/becky-sauerbrunn-nwsl-final-sunday-on-espn2/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/becky-sauerbrunn-nwsl-final-sunday-on-espn2/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:06:24 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146285 FC Kansas City Becky Sauerbrunn 4
Via NWSLsoccer.comFC Kansas City are seeking a redemption of sorts when the Blues take the field Sunday against Seattle Reign FC in the 2014 NWSL Championship Game after painfully falling short of their goal last season.

What: NWSL Championship match
When: Sunday August 31, 2:00 pm CT
Where: ESPN2 from Seattle

Last season, FCKC were set to claim the NWSL Shield, given to the team with the best regular-season record, and needed just a draw to secure the No. 1 seed in the final game of the 2013 campaign.

However, FC Kansas City surrendered a goal to Chicago Red Stars forward Jen Hoy deep in second-half stoppage time of that game. The loss cost the Blues the regular-season silverware and sent them into a semifinal with Portland Thorns FC, who overcame a 2-0 deficit against FCKC to pull off a 3-2 victory en route to the 2013 NWSL Championship.

It was a run of results that left Blues defender Leigh Ann Robinson and her teammates asking ‘what if’ – a question she hopes to answer against the Reign in a match broadcast on ESPN2.

“To make it to the final is definitely very rewarding, but we still feel like we have some unfinished business from last year,” Robinson said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. “We’re hungry, ready and excited to get this far and I think we match up well with Seattle in terms of both teams liking to play through the midfield. It’s going to be a good match up and we’re super excited.”

Robinson and fellow defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Nikki Phillips, rookie Kassey Kallman and goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart are a big part of the reason why FC Kansas City enjoyed a second-consecutive playoff appearance and are on the verge of a league title – with their 1.33 goals against average the third best in the NWSL. Read more at NWSLsoccer.com

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Bruin and Davis Deliver at Sporting Park http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/bruin-and-davis-deliver-at-sporting-park-2/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/30/bruin-and-davis-deliver-at-sporting-park-2/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:35:11 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146317
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KC Select players cheer for Brad Davis


By Anders Aarhus (pics tonight)

St. Louis Boys Davis, Bruin Lead Dynamo to Upset Win at Sporting Park

   There’s a scene in Kill Bill Vol. 2 where Uma Thurman’s character is buried alive after taking a shotgun blast to the chest. She manages to survive by punching through her coffin’s lid and clawing her way back to the surface.

 The Houston Dynamo punched through the coffin lid last night with a 3-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park, but still have a ways to go to reach the surface.

Houston came into the game six points back of the playoffs with just 10 games left, facing a conference rival on the road in a season where the Dynamo has posted a -22 road-goal differential has yielded only one away win. Dom Kinnear called it a must win. Dynamo captain Brad Davis said it was a game his team “had to have.”

 Translation: the Dynamo was a team with its back to the wall. And they played like it. Houston was the better side out of the gate and almost took the lead when Brad Davis volleyed wide in the fifth minute. Lightening around the 18thminute delayed the game for an hour and Sporting was predictably better after the early break, but it was Houston that got the first goal.

 Aurelien Collin couldn’t get enough on Kofie Sarkodie’s cross to clear it and the ball deflected to Will Bruin who managed to twist his body and volley home a first-time shot for a 1-0 lead. Bruin re-aggravated a nagging ankle injury on the play and was substituted soon after.

 It was a moment of quality in an otherwise physical and chippy game that referee Mark Geiger couldn’t seem to get under control. Dom Dwyer was booked for dissent after what he felt were several missed penalty calls while Kofie Sarkodie and Benny Feilhaber were lucky not to be sent off just before halftime for a shoving match near the goalpost.

 The weight of Geiger’s decision to keep it 11v11 was apparent shortly after the halftime break. Feilhaber danced around Jermaine Taylor at the top of Houston’s penalty area, and drew the attention of David Horst before teeing up Dom Dwyer for the equalizing goal in the 55th minute.

 Sporting’s relief was short-lived after Collin committed a bad foul at the edge of his own box in the 62ndminute. Lawrence Olum inexplicably lost his mark on the ensuing free kick and defender David Horst made no mistake with Davis’ pinpoint service, heading home from six yards to put the Dynamo back in the lead. It was a similar story five minutes later, this time it was CJ Sapong letting Ricardo Clark get free to redirect another Davis set piece past Jon Kempin.

 “You’re confident the ball is going to be put in a good place,” Kinnear said of Davis’ free kicks. “

 Houston played too well in stretches for the result to be considered a true smash-and-grab, but it was the kind of win that has come to define Dom Kinnear’s teams on the road over the last few years: hard-working, defensively sound and opportunistic on set pieces.  The other hallmark for Kinnear has been sneaking into the playoffs just as he has the Dynamo starting to play its best soccer, something the manager thinks is happening once again.

 “If you want to go from the game tonight I’d say yes,” Kinnear said when asked if his team is hitting its stride. “We’ve had some pretty good games [since the World Cup break]…we need to go on a little bit of a winning streak, obviously, to catch some teams.”

 Kinnear’s players have seen this movie before too and they’re confident the ending is going to be the same.

 “I don’t think we have struggled more this year [than past years] to be totally honest,” Brad Davis said after the game. “We snuck into the playoffs the last two or three years.”

 For Sporting, this is the second straight puzzling result after getting blown away by DC United less than a week ago. The SKC defense was better against Houston, but it seems like Vermes is trying to get his midfield reorganized since losing Uri Rosell to the transfer market and Paulo Nagamura to injury. Martin Steuble became the 30th different player to start for Sporting this year, an MLS record according to the NBC Sports broadcast. Playing a similar system week in and week out makes lineup changes easier, but with a constantly shuffling defense and midfield maybe we shouldn’t be surprised the SKC high press hasn’t been as sharp as in years past. 

 And the team hasn’t made its home stadium an intimidating place to play like in years past. Even if Sporting wins its last three home games, it will finish with the fewest home wins in a season at Sporting Park.

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Zumwalt North Win Their Tournament http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/zumwalt-north-varsity-soccer-tournament-opens/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/zumwalt-north-varsity-soccer-tournament-opens/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 01:02:00 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146200 image

UPDATED – the Ft. Zumwalt North Panthers capture the championship of their tournament. Full details when I return from KC.

An eight team tournament that will kick off on Monday afternoon, the champion will be determined Friday in the Final. Standard set up with four first round games leading to a Championship and Consolation bracket on Wednesday, the final games on Friday.

Here’s the game format – 2014 Zumwalt North Varsity Soccer Tournament – although the schedule has been adjusted to address the heat warning the Metro area is under until at least Tuesday.

The updated schedule is listed below although the match ups remain the same.

1st & 2nd Round
Date Time Game Field
Mon Aug 25 2-1 Troy vs St Charles TBHS goals J.Phillips and B.Rogers
Mon Aug 25 4-1 Farmington vs Ritenour
Mon Aug 25 3-0 McCluer North vs Crossroads Efe Osaghae Nour Hamdan & Noah Livaudais score
Tue Aug 26 18:30 Ft Zumwalt North vs Warrenton Stadium Field
Wed Aug 27 15:30 McCluer North/Crossroads vs Troy/St Charles losers Soccer pitch
Wed Aug 27 16:00 Troy/St Charles vs McCluer North/Crossroads winners Stadium Field
Wed Aug 27 17:15 Farmington/Ritenour vs Ft Zumwalt North/Warrenton losers Soccer pitch
Wed Aug 27 18:00 Ft Zumwalt North/Warrenton vs Farmington/Ritenour winners Stadium Field

Friday’s final games
15:30 – 7th Place
16:00 – 3rd Place
17:15 – 5th Place
18:00 – Championship

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Serie A Preview by Joe Agnew http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/serie-a-preview-by-joe-agnew/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/serie-a-preview-by-joe-agnew/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:59:45 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146237 I welcome a new contributor. Joe’s a Southside guy who’s mother is Italian and he loves Serie A as demonstrated by his large collection of jerseys. The family home is Napoli but he’s worn Juve and Milan jerseys as well during our discussions. He introduces us the the upcoming season and should check in with weekly reports as well. The best way to watch Serie A is on beIN Sports. Let us know what you think and who your favorite squad is via comments. Follow Joe on Twitter at @JoeA1868.

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As the start of the 2014-2015 Serie A season looms, questions abound about a clear front runner to take this season’s Scudetto. Many of the squads have re-loaded but none more so than Juventus who are once again favorited to win the league for the 31st time.

Despite manager Antonio Conte leaving the team just weeks ago reportedly over disputes with management about the transfer window, Juventus are still the peninsula’s team to beat. Former AC Milan manager Max Allegri takes over the helm after 10 plus seasons managing teams across Italy that included Sassuolo and Cagliari. Juve also added 2 key pieces to the team this summer that include Frenchman and former Manchester United legend, Patrice Evra. The left back adds depth to what already is Serie A’s top defense (just 23 goals allowed last season per whoscored.com). The ‘Bianconeri’ also added Spanish Forward Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid who scored 8 times in 23 appearances for the La Liga side that won the Champions League. The team also returns ageless wonders midfielder Andrea Pirlo and goalkeeper Gigi Buffon.

The team that finished just second behind Juventus but a whopping 17 points behind were resurgent Roma, a team led by their eternal captain and Serie A legend Francesco Totti. Last season’s transfer window began with the selling of forward Pablo Osvaldo to Southhampton and winger Erik Lamela to Tottenham and was met with anger at the Stadio Olimpico. However, the hiring of French manager Rudi Garcia and the signings of forward Gervinho, defender Mehdi Benatia, and midfielder Kevin Strootman, among others, proved to be good enough for a second place finish. This summer the Giallorossi also added veteran defender Ashley Cole who spent the last 9 seasons with Premier League side, Chelsea. Roma also had a solid attack last season with Italian forward Mattia Destro, although, injured at the beginning of the campaign still managed 13 goals in 20 games. Attacking midfielder Alessandro Florenzi will also be key if Roma are to challenge for the scudetto. Florenzi added 6 goals last
season.

Third place finishers Napoli, were miles away from 1st behind the leaders. Although exciting, Napoli lacked defensive depth and quality last season, conceding 39 goals. Led in attack by former Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain, the striker was automatic in the 18 notching 17 goals. Napoli fans will expect him to do much of the same this upcoming season. The Partenopei also boost forward Jose Callejon who scored 15 league goals. Also led by captain Marek Hamsik, the talented playmaking midfielder will control the middle of the pitch at the San Paolo.

Teams to also look out for will be;
Milan – After finishing a disappointing 8th Inzhagi as manager and sold controversial forward Mario Balotelli. The team is still looking to fill the attack void left by Balotelli in the transfer window. Milan made a few key acquisitions that include Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez and former PSG forward Jeremy Menez. Also, watch out for winger Stephen El Shaaraway who was injured much of last season, surely one of the top young talents in Europe.

Inter – In house rivals Inter Milan are poised for another top 5 finish. The Nerazzurri added key pieces that include veteran defender Nemanja Vidic from Manchester United, Chilean midfielder Gary Medel, and Italian forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo on loan from SouthHampton. Led by manager Walter Mazzarri, Inter figure to at least finish top 5 and clinch a Europa League spot.

Fiorentina – The Viola returned to Serie A prominence a few years ago and finished a very respectable 4th again fight for a top 5 finish this upcoming campaign. American born forward Giuseppe Rossi who found the back of the net 16 times before his season ended with injury, will spearhead a talented attack that also includes forward Mario Gomez and Juan Cuardado, who is one of Europe’s hottest commodities. Last season, they just barely missed out on Champions League and will once

The season starts this Saturday, August 30th it continues Sunday with Milan vs Lazio. You can catch most of the top fixtures on Bein Sports.

My top 5- Roma, Juventus, Napoli, Fiorentina, Inter

SerieA TV
Date Time Teams Channel
Sat Aug 30 10:45 am Chievo vs Juventus beIN Sports
Sat Aug 30 1:30 pm AS Roma vs Fiorentina beIN Sports
Sun Aug 31 10:45 am AC Milan vs S.S. Lazio BEINSPORTS.TV
Sun Aug 31 12:00 am Atalanta vs Hellas Verona BEINSPORTS.TV
Sun Aug 31 1:30 pm Torino vs Inter BEINSPORTS.TV
Sun Aug 31 1:30 pm Genoa vs Napoli BEINSPORTS.TV
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Zumwalt East Battles Back to Tie Duchesne http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/zumwalt-east-battles-back-to-tie-duchesne/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/29/zumwalt-east-battles-back-to-tie-duchesne/#respond Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:24 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146296
2014-08-22 Ft Zumwalt East comes back to tie Duchesne in HS boys soccer

Game-tying goal by Sam Brandmeyer gets past GK


A pair of familiar foes faced off in the late stages of the Ft Zumwalt East Kickoff tournament, looking for some early momentum to the season. Finishing 2-2, East fought back twice from one goal deficits to tie the game late on a dramatic set piece. Sam Brandmeyer, senior captain and outside back, is responsible for most of the Lion’s set pieces and he came through in a big way Thursday night.

A scoreless first half saw Duchesne with the better of the play as their senior dominated squad worked hard to control the ball and let it do the work. Led in the middle by Brendan Willers and jr. Kyle Weber, it was the wide play of sophomore Jimmy Choinka that broke down the Zumwalt defense most consistently. That was most evident 40 seconds into the second half when he and forward Juan Garcia got deep into the offensive end. Garcia’s cross into the box found Tom Seidel who finished from six yards out.

As I noted in a halftime tweet, it would likely be a set piece that would break down the Duchesne defense and that came to pass in the 50th minute. Brandmeyer, from the touchline beyond the 18 yard box, launched a throw-in to the FAR POST that Dan Hammond got on the end of to nod past Blake Goewert who had a “monster shutout” against Howell on Tuesday.

Duchesne took the lead again in the 73rd when Willers alertly knocked back a ball that fell to him on a ball sent in by sophomore Brandon Moeller, the other underclassmen starting on this experienced squad. Willer’s finish went into the roof of the net and seemed to be what the Pioneer’s needed to get their second win of the tournament. Brandmeyer had other ideas.

With less than three minutes remaining, the Lions showed their resilience and earned a throw-in on the left side, about 12 yards from the end line. This time, Brandmeyer’s throw-in went to the near post and through Goewert’s hands.

One game remains in the FZE Kickoff tournament, between FZW and Bayless. Marquette has run away from the group with three wins and 23 points for the title. Bayless can move into second place with a tie or better while St Charles West, Zumwalt East and Duchesne are tied for either second or third with eleven points.

Ft Zumwalt East Kickoff Tournament Results

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Tim Ream Called Up For USMNT vs Czech Republic http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/tim-ream-called-up-for-usmnt-vs-czech-republic/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/tim-ream-called-up-for-usmnt-vs-czech-republic/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:19:45 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146293 tim-ream-us-mntVia USsoccer.com – U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called 22 players into camp for the upcoming friendly against the Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague, the USA’s first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup cycle. Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams on Czech soil is set for 1:15 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network and UniMas. Fans can also follow on Twitter @ussoccer.

“We look at this as the start of our project towards Russia in 2018, and in this first step we get to look at many of our talented young players based in Europe,” said Klinsmann. “We have some great youngsters coming through the ranks that are starting to break through with their clubs teams and are ready to challenge for spots on the Senior Team, and even most of our World Cup veterans from Brazil on this roster will be coming into the prime of their careers in the next four years, so this is an exciting opportunity.”

The match is the first in the new cycle, and Klinsmann is taking the opportunity to look at young talent. Of the 22 players coming to Prague, 15 are age 24 or younger. There are 11 players with 10 caps or less, and six looking to make their debut for the Senior National Team.

A total of 10 players from the USA’s run to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup are on the roster. Fabian Johnson started all four matches in Brazil, while Alejandro Bedoya appeared in every game and started three. Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal against Ghana, and 19-year-old Julian Green pulled the U.S. within one goal of Belgium when he scored in the second extra time of the 2-1 defeat.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Cody Cropper (Southampton), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (7) : John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Greg Garza (Club Tijuana), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Puebla), Tim Ream (Bolton)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham), Alfredo Morales (Ingolstadt), Brek Shea (Stoke City)
FORWARDS (5) : Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund II), Jordan Morris (Stanford), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich)

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Champions League Group Stage Set http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/champions-league-group-stage-set/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/champions-league-group-stage-set/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:57:57 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146282 image
Via UEFA.com – Holders Real Madrid CF will play Liverpool FC – a repeat of the 1981 European Cup final – in Group B after the Monaco draw, while Zlatan Ibrahimović will be on familiar ground in Group F.

Madrid claimed a tenth European title in Lisbon in May and added the UEFA Super Cup earlier this month. Their bid to become the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League begins in Group B, where FC Basel 1893, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and Liverpool – who beat the Merengues in the 1981 European Cup final in Paris – form the opposition.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League draw
Group A: Club Atlético de Madrid, Juventus, Olympiacos FC, Malmö FF
Group B: Real Madrid CF, FC Basel 1893, Liverpool FC, PFC Ludogorets Razgrad
Group C: SL Benfica, FC Zenit, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, AS Monaco FC
Group D: Arsenal FC, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray AŞ, RSC Anderlecht
Group E: FC Bayern München, Manchester City FC, PFC CSKA Moskva, AS Roma
Group F: FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AFC Ajax, APOEL FC
Group G: Chelsea FC, FC Schalke 04, Sporting Clube de Portugal, NK Maribor
Group H: FC Porto, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Club, FC BATE Borisov

Group stage dates
Matchday one 16–17/09/14
Matchday two 30/09–01/10/14
Matchday three 21–22/10/14
Matchday four 04–05/11/14
Matchday five 25–26/11/14
Matchday six 09–10/12/14
All of the Group Stage dates, as well as the knockout rounds and Final, are already entered into the Soccer on TV calendar on this site. You can also find it in the right footer of this website.

Draw highlights
• Group A is the only section to include four domestic champions; Groups E and F both have three.
• Paris striker Zlatan Ibrahimović has also played for Barcelona (2009/10) and Ajax (2001–04), two of the three sides the French club face in Group F.
• Barcelona overcame Paris on away goals in the 2012/13 quarter-finals.
• Galatasaray beat Arsenal on penalties in the 2000 UEFA Cup final in Copenhagen, becoming the first Turkish team to win a European competition.
• Arsenal and Dortmund are in the same group for the third time in four seasons, while Bayern, Manchester City and CSKA Moskva all met at this stage a year ago.
• Also in last term’s group stage, Chelsea defeated Schalke 3-0 home and away while Ajax went down 4-0 in Barcelona but edged the Catalan club 2-1 in Amsterdam.
• Basel beat Ludogorets – one of two group stage debutants, along with Swedish champions Malmö – 6-2 on aggregate in the 2013/14 play-offs.
• Liverpool pipped Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup final in Paris, but were eliminated from the 2002/03 competition by Basel.
• Roma swapped home wins with Bayern in the 2010/11 group stage, the Italian side’s most recent UEFA Champions League appearance.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Named UEFA’s Best Player http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/cristiano-ronaldo-named-uefas-best-player/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/08/28/cristiano-ronaldo-named-uefas-best-player/#respond Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:01:31 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9146289
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Cristiano after scoring vs Inter at Edward Jones Dome


Via UEFA.com – Cristiano Ronaldo’s contribution to Real Madrid CF’s UEFA Champions League triumph last season has been recognised with the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award.

The Portugal captain received the 2013/14 accolade at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco from UEFA President Michel Platini. Ronaldo, among the final nominees for the fourth successive year, finished ahead of FC Bayern München’s Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer in a live vote by a panel of 54 journalists who had to select, via an electronic system, their favourite from a three-man shortlist announced a fortnight ago.

Ronaldo, speaking during a ceremony that followed the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, said: “I’m really happy so I must say thanks to my team-mates because without the team, individual awards would not be possible. I don’t have this trophy in my museum, so my brother is going to put it there.”

The 29-year-old – who follows Franck Ribéry (2012/13), Andrés Iniesta (2011/12) and Lionel Messi (2010/11) as a recipient of the accolade – broke the record for goals, 17, by a player in a UEFA Champions League campaign last term as Madrid claimed their long-awaited tenth European title.

“It was amazing, something that Madrid had looked to do for many years. As Madrid players we feel as though you have to win the Champions League. It was a fantastic season – we won the Champions League, the Spanish Cup and the [UEFA] Super Cup.” Read more at UEFA.com

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