Soccer STL http://soccerstl.net Club, College & HS Soccer Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:02:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 USYSA National Finals Being Streamed Saturday http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/25/usysa-national-finals-being-streamed-saturday/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/25/usysa-national-finals-being-streamed-saturday/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:48:03 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145941 2014 USYSA national FINAL logoVia Soccer America – Georgia’s Concorde Fire Elite and New Jersey’s PDA Harkes will play Saturday for the McGuire Cup, the oldest trophy in youth sports, at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md. Champions will also be crowned Saturday in three other divisions at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships.

All games will be available for viewing online. Links are included below.

FINALS

5:30 PM: Under-13 Boys | WAZA FC East 01 Juniors (MI) vs FC Golden State PDA 01 (CA-S)

5:45 PM: Under-19 Girls | VSA Heat Blue (VA) vs Team Chicago Academy Botafogo (IL)

6:00 PM: Under-13 Girls | Michigan Hawks 01 (MI) vs Surf Academy I (CA-S)

8:00 PM: Under-19 Boys | Concorde Fire Elite (GA) vs PDA Harkes (NJ) MCGUIRE CUP

For information on the teams, check out the Team Previews

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CONCACAF Championship and USWNT at Sporting Park in October http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/24/concacaf-championship-and-uswnt-at-sporting-park-in-october/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/24/concacaf-championship-and-uswnt-at-sporting-park-in-october/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:00:42 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145932 sporting-park-kansas-city-usmnt-vs-jamaica-2013
Sporting Park will host the opening four matches in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Oct. 15 and 16, U.S. Soccer announced on Thursday.

“This tournament provides fans with another opportunity to see some of the best women’s soccer players in the world compete on the international level,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.

“We look forward to an exciting World Cup qualifying round played in the United States at some of the best stadiums in the world in front of passionate football fans,” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.

The tournament will feature eight countries from North America, Central America and the Caribbean region vying for berths in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer. As host of the Women’s World Cup, Canada has secured its berth, so the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will include the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and four teams to be determined at the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup from Aug. 19-26.

All eight countries, including the U.S. Women’s National Team, will kick off their qualifying campaigns in Kansas City, Kansas with their first of three group stage matches. Sporting Park will host international doubleheaders on back-to-back nights beginning with Group A on Oct. 15 and followed by Group B on Oct. 16.

The full tournament schedule, including opponents and kickoff times, will be set at the Final Draw on Sept. 5 in Miami. Ticket information will be made available in the near future.

All matches during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com. Read more at SportingKC.com

Three NWSL Cities – Kansas City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. – to Host Two Doubleheaders Each in Group Play; PPL Park Will Host Semifinals, Third-Place Match and Final During Qualifying for 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup; All Matches Will be Televised and Streamed by FOX Sports – Read more at USsoccer.com.

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Make Money – Entry Level Referee Course http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/24/make-money-entry-level-referee-course/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/24/make-money-entry-level-referee-course/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:59:43 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145877 Jeff-Referee
Want to become a soccer referee? You can earn up to $50 per game refereeing in the SLYSA league and you can set your own schedule.

Entry level referee class is scheduled for early August at the Kolping Kicks Soccer Complex. The fee is $65

Dates:
8/11/14 from 6pm – 10pm
8/13/14 from 6pm – 10pm
8/16/14 from 8am – 4pm

Location: Kolping Kicks SC Complex
4680 Meramec Bottom Rd, St Louis, MO 63128

Sign up: E-mail Shane Butler at sbutler990@aol.com

This is an Entry Level Referee course for the USSF grade 8 licence. Students must attend all sessions and times during course 16hrs in total . Attendance is limited to 50 people due to size of building. Students must pay $65 course fee via paypal to guarantee admittance.

Questions please email or call Shane Butler at 314-265-5175 or email sbutler990@aol.co

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National Training and Coaching Development Center to KC http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/23/national-training-and-coaching-development-center-to-kc/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/23/national-training-and-coaching-development-center-to-kc/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:25 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145921 (July 23, 2014) — Governor Sam Brownback joined Sporting Club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties tonight to announce the development of a U.S. Soccer National Training Center complex in Kansas City, Kan. The facility will house the National Training and Coaching Development Center, an elite athlete training and performance analytics campus and national youth soccer development programs.

“Kansas’ strong economy and Kansas City’s reputation as a tremendous soccer city helped attract this state-of-the-art facility,” Brownback said. “As a result, our state will benefit from new jobs, investment and an economic impact that is projected to exceed $1 billion.”

“Player and coaching development is a main focus for U.S. Soccer, and we are pleased that Sporting Club is pursuing a world-class training facility to help the sport continue to grow and advance,” said Sunil Gulati, president of United States Soccer Federation. “We are looking forward to working with Sporting Club on the next steps towards the creation of the National Training and Coaching Development Center and anticipate it hosting our National Teams and coaching education programming in the future.”

The $75-plus million soccer village, which will be located at the southeast corner of Parallel Parkway and 98th Street, will provide a world-class environment to develop players, coaches and referees of all ages. The state-of-the-art facility will include approximately 100,000 square feet for a state of the art indoor facility with a practice field, eight lighted professional smart fields and eight youth fields. Additional amenities will include a climate-controlled indoor pavilion and specialized facilities tailored toward strength and nutrition, hydration, sports science, health and wellness, video and analytics. The complex will also feature a 125-room full-service hotel.

Read more at Sporting KC.com

In addition, the KC Star has some good background on the relationship with US Soccer.

From the initial announcement in April 2013

U.S. Soccer and Sporting KC announced on Friday that the two organizations have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore bringing a new National Training and Coaching Development Center to Kansas City, Kan. Together they are studying a proposed project that would be designed to develop a world-class soccer training facility and serve as the premier destination in the United States for player, coaching and referee innovation.

The three initiatives of the National Training and Coaching Development Center would be world-class infrastructure, education and youth development. The mission is to vertically integrate a system of physiological, technical, scientific, psychological and information-driven development for players, coaches and referees of all ages.

There are more than 20,000 licensed soccer coaches in the United States and nearly 150,000 soccer officials across the country. U.S. Soccer, which is celebrating its 100 Year Anniversary today, is committed to providing education resources and courses to foster consistent and quality instruction.
The state-of-the-art campus would be designed, developed and operated as a world-class training facility dedicated to the future of American soccer. At a projected cost of $50 million, the National Training and Coaching Development Center would host U.S. National Team camps, coaching education and referee development programming. Read more

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ManU at LA Starts Summer of Friendlies Wednesday http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/22/manu-at-la-starts-summer-of-friendlies/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/22/manu-at-la-starts-summer-of-friendlies/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145912 And… the International Friendlies have returned! The International Champions Cup returns, although not to St Louis. I’m guessing that named sponsor Guinness isn’t too hot on visiting the home of Budweiser. So while we won’t be able to spend hundreds of dollars to see the boys live, we will see plenty of action via the tube. So here are the details and remember, you can always find every one of these games listed in my Soccer on TV calendar.

For the Guinness (giggle) International Champions Cup that opens Thursday, the teams are set up in two groups of four this year, leading to 12 matches. The Group winners will then face off for the ‘title’ on August 4th.

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Group A includes Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and AS Roma. Group B has Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Olympiacos and AC Milan. All of the games are being televised, primarily on Fox and Fox Sports 1 and 2. You can also catch all of them on ESPN Deportes television and WatchESPN. The schedule below is not current but it will be updated on the calendar.

As I mentioned, the Guinness ICC opens Thursday July 24th, with Olympiacos vs AC Milan from Toronto, a 7:00 pm CT start. ManU faces AS Roma Saturday afternoon while Real Madrid plays Inter that afternoon as well. Sunday it’s Manchester City vs AC Milan and Liverpool vs Olympiacos. To keep up on the details, there is a Facebook Page as well as a Twitter account.

I mentioned Manchester United in the headline of this story. We get a Wednesday night double-header to start things off. Manchester City is playing against Sporting KC at Sporting Park while Manchester United will face off against the LA Galaxy. Details below.

There are a number of other teams in the US of A in the coming weeks. I’ve highlighted some of there games in the table below that takes us through Sunday. Before they take part in the Guinness ICC Liverpool and AS Roma will face off on Wednesday on NBC Sports while Tottenham Hotspur face Toronto FC. Arsenal visit New York Red Bull on Saturday. And there are plenty of MLS matches to enjoy as well.

TV Schedule
Date Time Teams TV
July 23 18:00 Liverpool FC vs. AS Roma NBC Sports
July 23 18:00 Toronto FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur ESPN2
July 23 20:00 Sporting Kansas City vs. Manchester City ESPN2
July 23 22:00 Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United Fox Sports 1
July 26 15:00 Manchester United vs. AS Roma ESPN Deportes
July 26 16:00 New York Red Bulls vs. Arsenal ESPN2
July 26 17:00 Real Madrid vs. Inter ESPN Deportes
July 26 19:00 Chicago Fire vs. Tottenham Hotspur ESPN2
July 27 15:00 AC Milan vs. Manchester City ESPN Deportes
July 27 17:00 Liverpool vs. Olympiakos ESPN Deportes
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Tommy Meyer’s Major League Development http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/22/tommy-meyers-major-league-development-2/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/22/tommy-meyers-major-league-development-2/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:15:09 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145887
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Tommy Meyer, LA Galaxy

Tommy Meyer is a St. Louis native and a graduate of SLUH, the alma matter of MLS star and ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman. He played college soccer at Indiana University before going pro. On Saturday he started and went 90 minutes against Sporting Kansas City. He said his entire family made the 4-hour trip to Kansas to watch him play.

At 24, LA Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer has had an interesting pro career.

He was the final pick in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, joining a team featuring David Beckham, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan. After finding playing time hard to come by initially, Meyer got a run of games down the stretch of the 2012 season and wound up starting all six of LA’s playoff games, including the MLS Cup victory over the Houston. 2013 saw more of the same struggles for playing time as Omar Gonazlez blossomed into a star and head coach Bruce Area’s strange love affair with the error-prone Leonardo continued.

But this year Meyer has seemingly established himself as a key part of the Galaxy. His start against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday was his fifth straight and he was Arena’s go-to replacement while Omar Gonzalez was with the national team for the World Cup. Meyer credits the newly-created LA Galaxy II (USL PRO) with helping him make the most of this year’s opportunities.

“This year it’s been great,” he said after playing every minute of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Sporting. “I played down there [with LAGII] at the beginning of the year when I wasn’t playing with the first team and I had, maybe, five games and that helps when you get a chance. You’re fit, you’re ready to play, you’re sharp.”

PHOTO GALLERY – LA Galaxy at Sporting KC, July 19

Hearing those kind of comments has to be encouraging for the Galaxy coaching staff and front office. The primary function of LAG II will always be bridging the gap between the academy and the first team, but being able to keep players not only in shape, but “sharp,” as Meyer put it, can give the Galaxy a serious leg up. And that sharpness comes from playing meaningful games, something that wasn’t possible in the MLS reserve league.

“Just getting game experience and not at the highest level, but the games matter down there. So it helps, especially the younger guys,” Meyer said when discussing the difference.

The games matter. The words stand out loud and clear. The drop off from the first XI to the bench is bigger in MLS than most leagues. Having quality depth and in-form players ready to go makes navigating inevitable injuries and fixture congestion much easier.

Meyer also says he’s feeling more comfortable in his third year.

“I think I understand more of what I need to do on a day-to-day basis and especially prepping for games. Bruce has made it clear to me what I need to work on and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that and hopefully I continue to get better in the future.”

As for that future, Meyer said the lure of Europe is always an interesting prospect. But, perhaps more interestingly, he said seeing fellow American defender Matt Besler spurn going overseas to stay in MLS doesn’t change his perception of what he wants to do with his career.

“Not really,” he said when I asked if Besler’s contract made him more inclined to turn down a future European offer. “Obviously they have a great setup here. He’s in a good environment, his family’s here. There’s no reason to [leave] when you have a great system around you.”

However, Meyer was absolutely sure about one thing. I ask him if he’d want to play in St. Louis if the city got an MLS team.

“Of course,” he says with a huge smile. “Of course.”

I maintain a Biography page for Tommy where you can find story links and other items related to his career development.

This story was contributed by Anders Aarhus aka @SportsViking our CoMO correspondent. Anders is has recently started a weekly video podcast that looks at all things US Soccer. Check it out on YouTube.com/SoccerCentral

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Jeremy Alumbaugh, St Louis FC GM, on Player Development http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/21/jeremy-alumbaugh-st-louis-fc-gm-on-player-development/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/21/jeremy-alumbaugh-st-louis-fc-gm-on-player-development/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:34:10 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145851
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Jeremy Alumbaugh, St Louis FC GM (USL PRO)


With the completion of the World Cup, player development has become the topic of conversation within the community. So I went to the fellow I know best, who trained my nephews and was instrumental in helping me set my focus on “serving soccer junkies” since I began this effort in 2005, to discuss the topic.

Jeremy was named General Manager of the St Louis FC USL Pro team on May 1st. Since then he’s been very visible in the community as well as spending his time crisscrossing the country scouting players for the March 2015 opening.

There are only two Clubs in the country, the Richmond Kickers and now SLSG, who have a USL Pro team at the top of their development pyramid. US Soccer has recognized the need for a Pro Development pathway as a significant factor with a special category for Best Overall Club in their Annual Development Academy Awards:

For the overall awards, the Philadelphia Union was named the Best Overall Club in the East Conference. FC Dallas earned the same distinction in the Central and the award went to the LA Galaxy in the West. To be considered for this award, a club must have a U-12 through Pro Development pathway.

We sat down Friday over a beer (because Beer and Soccer go together) at Llywelyn’s Pub in Soulard to discuss the topic. You can hear the entire conversation below. Here’s a short summary:

Jeremy has paid his dues in reaching this point in his career. We cover his time with the Chicago Magic where he worked with USMNT Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who was a defender at the time, as well as Ned Grabavoy and Chris Schuler who are now in Major League Soccer. He returned to Springfield SC where he captured two Missouri State Cup titles with the 90-91 age group in 2007 and 2008, the first titles won in Missouri by a non-Metro (STL and KC) Club. The first win, as U16′s, came against a Scott McDoniel coached St Louis SC squad.

He joined Dale Schilly at Metro United in 2009, shortly before the merger, becoming the SLSG Illinois Director of Coaching and U18 Academy Head Coach. Prior to his Club experience, he worked as an assistant at both Missouri State in the late 90′s where he worked with Matt Pickens, and he assisted Kevin Kalish at SIUE for two years on his arrival here in Collinsville.

The decision to purchase a franchise and establish St Louis FC, with a cost of over $1M in cash, time and investment is a significant one for any club. I had questions about whether it is the best use of the money given alternatives for investment in other areas.

Jeremy addresses the topic in-depth, noting how the opportunity presented itself and the decision-making process internally that led to moving forward. We discuss the relationship between Major League Soccer and USL Pro and it’s impact so far, with Tommy Meyer (SLUH/Indiana) as a specific discussion point. Jeremy also emphasizes the opportunity it offers young men from 17-23 that want to continue their development outside of college soccer, holding Jay DeMerit up an example of a player who had to create his own model to reach the professional ranks and the US Men’s National team.

Alumbaugh emphasizes the opportunity it offers every player in the region to discover what a professional training environment is really like. By being nearby, it will mean more players will be exposed and will be better able to assess their desire to reach the next level. He also addresses the “Pay to Play” conundrum.

With funding being such a significant topic, we covered several bases. Alumbaugh mentioned Dan Flynn’s comments at the Is the US Becoming a Soccer Country panel held in early May. Flynn, a SLUH alum, is the Secretary General (GM) of US Soccer. He brought up funding coaches at middle school ages as critical and Jeremy talks about the steps he is taking in that area.

That led to the topic of how overseas clubs earn cash by being a net provider of talent to larger clubs. For Everton, their world class training facility was funded after Wayne Rooney was sold to Manchester United. Jeremy believes that this possibility is very real in the US. I offer a link to an in-depth story on the topic as it relates to Jozy Altidore below the audio interview link. Check it out if you are inclined.

Wrapping things up, just a note that We’ll be able to see the MLS Homegrown All-Stars on Monday August 4th as part of the All-Star Game week events.

Let me know what you think in the comments or send me a tweet at @SoccerSTl

Are U.S. Youth Clubs Leaving Money on the Table?

This article aims to educate US youth soccer clubs on the FIFA training and solidarity payments, highlight the structural, cultural and legal obstacles in US youth soccer, and lists the high-profile example of training compensation and solidarity payments that could have been due to US youth clubs that trained Jozy Altidore.

St Louis Soccer Park with statue wearing USL Pro scarf

St Louis Soccer Park statue wears new StLouisUSLPRO scarf

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Futura Southland Forte U15 Girls Chasing National Title http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/20/futura-southland-forte-u15-girls-chasing-national-title/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/20/futura-southland-forte-u15-girls-chasing-national-title/#respond Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:17:05 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145804
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Futura Southland Forte 98-99 girls at Showcase, 2013


Futura Academy Forte (MO) secured a spot in the National Championship with a second place finish in the National League Blue Division this past Spring. Futura was the only team in the group to go undefeated with a 4-0-3 record, and scored the second most goals in the blue division with 12.

Futura fell in the semifinals of the Missouri State Cup last November, losing to JB Marine Schneider in PK’s after a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime. In an indication of how strong the age group is here in Missouri, JBM Schneider went 2-0-1 against Futura during the past year, coming off their State title as U14′s. The state title was won this year by Lou Fusz Wipke. (PHOTO GALLERY)

The team, who won the Missouri title in 2012 as U13′s, reached the Regional semifinals in 2013 that they qualified for via Midwest Regional League (MRL) where they finished first in their Division. That was also the route that qualified them for National League where they finished second overall with 15 points from four wins and three draws. A pair of tournaments, in early December and over the New Year holidays meant they had to wait until everyone finished in late March but the results were positive.

Their first two opponents this week – Pride Predators (CO) and Tophat Gold (GA) also played in the National League, finishing with 14 and 12 points respectively. The four teams in the other half of the bracket all played in the National League with Eastside FC (WA) earning the top spot with 18 points from six wins and a single loss – coming at the hands of Futura in the second group game in early December – as the girls came back from 0-1 in the 20th minute with a pair of second half goals.

From the July US Youth Soccer TV Show, a nice video interview with the team

The team is coached by Brad Childers, who in addition to being a founder of Futura Southland, is also the Women’s Head Coach for the MCC-Blue River Trailblazers, who compete against STLCC Meramec and St Charles CC in the NJCAA Missouri Region.

You can follow the team on Twitter at @FuturaSouthland and I’ll also be sharing results as they come in.

Good luck ladies!

GAME SCHEDULE & RESULTS link
Tuesday July 22 at 8:00 AM
Futura Academy Forte (NL-B2) vs Pride Predators 99 (CO) (NL-R1)
The girls lost 0-2 despite out-shooting the Pride 11-6 in the game.

Wednesday July 23 at 8:00 AM
Tophat 17 Gold (GA) (RIII-C) vs Futura Academy Forte (NL-B2)
A 1-1 tie to keep the team alive in the group race. Kayla Deaver gave Forte the lead initially.

Thursday July 24 at 8:00 AM
Loudoun 98 Red (VA) (RI-R) vs Futura Academy Forte (MO) (NL-B2)
Tess Rellihan scored in the 64th minute to get the girls the 1-0 win in their final group game.

They missed the playoffs on goal differential to the Pride Predators who also finished 1-1-1 with a 0 goal differential to Futura’s -1.

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Shea Groom Training With U23 USWNT http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/20/shea-groom-training-with-u23-uswnt/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/20/shea-groom-training-with-u23-uswnt/#respond Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145832 U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson has named a 24-player roster for the third training camp of the year for this age group as the squad will come together in Seattle for an event running from July 15-22.

The entire roster is made up entirely of current collegiate players or players who played their senior seasons last fall. The roster includes four players from defending NCAA champions UCLA, including Samantha Mewis, who made her full WNT debut at the Algarve Cup last March. Midfielder Sarah Killion and forward Katie Stengel (who has completed her college eligibility and will play in Germany with Bayern Munich this coming season) have also trained with the senior side this year.

shea-groom-texas-aandm-001It includes Liberty HS grad Shea Groom (remember her dramatic game-winner against Ursuline in the final seconds of the Missouri Class 3 title game in 2011?) who is a senior at Texas A&M where she has 25 goals and 18 assists in 53 starts the first three years.

Also on the roster is 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA who finished behind winner Morgan Brian and defender Crystal Dunn, who are both now regulars on U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis’ squad.

Brian, who has seen the majority of her National Team action this year with the senior side, was also named to the U-23 roster. She is up to 11 caps with U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ squad while scoring two goals. Brian has started all eight games she has played for the full U.S. Women’s National Team this year.

Oregon defender Bri Pugh is the older sister of U-20 WNT midfielder Mallory Pugh who is with the U-20s training in Seattle in an event that will run concurrently with the U-23 camp.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Megan Kufeld (Washington; Fremont, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Kristin Grubka (Florida; Melbourne, Fla.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Denver, Colo.), Bri Pugh (Oregon; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown; Greenbrook, N.J.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mary Luba (Marquette; Shorewood, Wis.), Rachel Mercik (UC Berkeley; El Dorado Hills, Calif.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Riley Ridgik (Wake Forest; Ojai, Calif.), Kylie Strom (Boston University; Endicott, N.Y.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak Alaska), Ashleigh Ellenwood (Arkansas; Michigan City, Ind.), Jannelle Flaws (Illinois; Glenview, Ill.), Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.)

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Sporting KC Sign Besler and Zusi http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/19/sporting-kc-sign-besler-and-zusi/ http://soccerstl.net/2014/07/19/sporting-kc-sign-besler-and-zusi/#respond Sun, 20 Jul 2014 03:12:33 +0000 http://soccerstl.net/?p=9145860 image
Prior to a sold out match against the LA Galaxy today, Sporting KC announced that they had signed Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to extended contracts that will keep them in Kansas City for years to come.

Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi were signed to long-term Designated Player contracts. Per club policy, additional terms of the agreements will not be disclosed. Read more at SportingKC.com.

You can also see video of the announcement .

Sporting Kansas City extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Sporting Park. Benny Feilhaber scored in his second straight match and Lawrence Olum netted the game-winning goal as the reigning MLS Cup champions have now won five of their past six MLS matches.

Playing in front of the largest regular season crowd in Sporting Park’s four-year history, Sporting Kansas City started strong in their third game over an eight-day stretch. In the sixth minute, 19-year-old Brazilian Igor Juliao made a late run forward and fired the game’s first shot on target that forced a diving save by Jaime Penedo to his left. 

Feilhaber then gave the reigning MLS Cup champs the early lead with his third goal of the season coming three days after scoring the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time at Columbus. The 29-year-old midfielder curled a free kick over the wall from 20 yards out into the upper corner for the 11th goal of his MLS career. It marked the second straight season Feilhaber scored directly from a free kick, accounting for the team’s only two free kick finishes in the past two years. Read more at SportingKC.com.

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