The 7th Annual United States Youth Futsal Midwest Regional Futsal Championship opened Friday evening and will reach the semifinal stage today at three locations in St. Louis today. The objective is to obtain a spot in the National Futsal Tournament that will be held near Kansas City the weekend of February 12-15, 2016.
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There are over 40 area teams competing in the tournament that includes Boys U9-U18 and Girls U11-U17. There were two teams from St Louis who are defending champions, led by GSE Academy U18 boys. That team included Nick Hanson (DeSmet) along with Joel Jenkins and Ryan Zile (Francis Howell) who met in the Class 4 High School title game this past November. In addition, the Lou Fusz Elam girls were Finalists at U14.
I’m tracking the U13 Boys, U15 Girls and U18 Boys this weekend and trying to keep an eye on the other brackets for St Louis squads that advance from group play. Updates follow the slideshow.
Photo Gallery – U15 Boys (Sports Tutor vs MO Rush), U13 Girls (Advantage vs Sports Tutor) and U15 Girls (Lou Fusz Elam vs Sports Tutor)
The defending National Champions are the SLSG IM team coached by Mike Slivinski. The other team of interest are STL FC that include Ian Drake (grandson of Vince Drake) who recently returned from playing with the U12 National Futsal team. Both teams wrap their group play this afternoon.
2pm – SLSG IM vs Manchester at C4 Courts (Creve Coeur)
Winner will claim the group title, both teams have a +14 GD following their first two games so it should be quite a match. The loser will likely claim the wildcard spot for the semifinals.
4pm – STL FC vs STL Prospects Gunners at C4 Courts
The Semifinals will be played at 8am tomorrow (Monday) at the Lamborghini AC in St. Charles with the Final to follow soon afterwards.
Lou Fusz Elam, who reached the National Final last year, look set to reach the semifinals Sunday. They play Madison Forge (WI) today and should be group champion going into the semifinal later today.
11am – LF Elam vs Madison Forge at Lamborghini AC (St. Charles)
4pm – LF Elam vs TBD at Lamborghini AC in Semifinal
Final TBA on Sunday
The defending champion GSE Futsal Academy team, coached by Jim Brand, opened with a close win over Pure FC (Louisville) who also lost to Sports Tutor, ending their tournament in the Consolation match tonight. Thus GSE face Sports Tutor this morning for the group title although both will advance to the semifinals tonight.
From Edwardsville, ESC Eclipse Royal have also advanced to the semifinals as the 2nd place finisher in Pool A. They face the winner of this mornings game between Sports Tutor and GSE.
11am – GSE Futsal vs Sports Tutor at C4 Courts
9pm – ESC Eclipse Royal vs Sports Tutor/GSE Academy winner
9pm – Roadrunners vs Sports Tutor/GSE Academy loser
U18B Final is Sunday at a time TBA
VIDEO Friday January 15 at Lamborghini AC
U14 Boys – Chesterfield United (yellow) fought back to tie STL Prospects 5-5 in their opener
U13 Boys – STL Prospects Gunners (gold) scores 3 in first 5 minutes but Sporting JBM Mann fight back, losing 3-4