UPDATE – results provided for all age groups and there will be three new photo galleries from today – U13 Girls, U16 Boys and U17 Boys – along with details once I can listen to my audio notes. It may take Sunday and Monday to get it all done along with three games from Friday. Please consider purchasing one photo (or more) to support my efforts to promote your club, team and players. All photo galleries can be found here
SLSG won five of seven boys titles, denied at U16 by Sporting JB Marine Mann and at U18 by Sporting Springfield who capture their second age group State title. Sporting STL split the girls titles, losing 1-2 to Lou Fusz Geerling at U13 but winning 3-0 over WC St Louis Elite in the U14 match. AFA Fillies return to Regionals with their second title win over FCKC while Sporting STL McMahon see their three year streak end at the hads of their regular foe, SLSG Elite.
From a Club perspective, here are some participation numbers:
SLSG – are represented in all seven boys Finals. They are the defending champions in U14-U18 boys.
Lou Fusz – a pair of boys teams, U15 and U17, and U13 girls.
Sporting STL – a boys team, the three time champion U19’s and girls teams in both U13 and U14
JB Marine – U16 boys.
WC St. Louis and AFA Fillies represent St. Louis today. The Kansas City area has the 1999 Academy Blues Elite squad that has won at least two titles. KCSG has a U13 boys team, Unified FC sends their U14 boys against SLSG and Sporting Springfield U18 Netherlands looks to capture their second title.
Teams that have advanced to the Regional Tournament via their Midwest Regional League results include
KCSG 2000 Academy – SLSG 2003 Elite – 2000 SLSG Elite
GIRLS U13 (2005)
SATURDAY Final – Lou Fusz Geerling wins 2-1 over Sporting STL Stevens
PHOTO GALLERY Lou Fusz v Sporting STL
It’s an all St. Louis Final for the youngest age group. Sporting STL have yet to lose while Geerling got out of their group as the wild card after losing to SLSG Premier in their second group game.
PHOTO GALLERY – Sporting STL Academy v Lou Fusz Martin final group game
PHOTO GALLERY – Lou Fusz Geerling v SLSG Elite
GIRLS U14 (2004)
Four brackets, sixteen team, Game LINK and RANKINGS
SLSG Elite won the title in 2017 with a 2-0 result over Sporting STL Red Devils. The SLSG Elite team has moved on to ECNL play, making #2 ranked Sporting STL 2004 Red Devils the top returning team.
SATURDAY Final – WC STL Elite falls 0-3 to Sporting STL Red Devils
Sporting STL are looking to win today after losing in the Final last year. Both teams have gone undefeated.
The Red Devils swept their group, scoring 12 goals and allowing zero. They gave up their first goal of the tournament in the 4-1 semifinal win over FCKC Academy Select. WC St Louis finished with a 8:1 advantage in group that
PHOTO GALLERY – WC STL vs FCKC SEMIFINAL
WC STL 2:0 SLSG Premier PHOTO GALLERY
PHOTO GALLERY Sporting STL McPherson v Lou Fusz Smith Group Opener
WOMEN U19 (1999)
Three teams, one bracket LINK
With three teams – AFA Fillies Wyland, FCKC Academy Blues Elite and Missouri Rush Ballard – there will be three games with points determining the champion. My guess is that the last of the three games, on Saturday June 9th at 4:30 pm on Field #1, will determine the winner. AFA Fillies and FCKC will renew their long-running rivalry. The last game I saw between the two teams was AFA Fillies State title win in PK’s in Springfield, in November 2016. Highly recommended.
THURSDAY 18:00 – AFA Fillies v MO Rush Ballard – AFA 6-0
FRIDAY 13:00 – MO Rush Ballard v FCKC ABE – FCKC 12-3
SATURDAY 16:30 – AFA Fillies v FCKC ABE – AFA 4-2
The AFA Fillies advance to the Region II tournament at the Westfield IN facility in two weeks
AFA Fillies opened their bid to return to Regionals where they went 2-0-1 and somehow were denied an opportunity to advance to the semifinals. The game can be cruel sometimes and that’s also how competitive things get. They scored in the first five minutes as Hannah Friedrich (Hazelwood West/SLU) finished a ball in the six yard box. Friedrich went on to score three in the 6-0 win.
PHOTO GALLERY – AFA v Rush
BOYS U13 (2005)
SLSG ELITE win 2-1 over KCSG ACADEMY NAVY
Both teams swept their pool play, earning all 9 points. SLSG score 9 and allowed 2 in those three games while KCSG scored 11 in three shutouts.
BOYS U14 (2004)
The defending champion SLSG Pre-Academy team that went on to win the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP last year has moved on to full time Academy play, making runners up SLSG Elite the top returning team. Of note in this age group is Sporting JB Marine Gober who, by winning their MRL Premier Division, have already claimed a spot in the Regional tournament. They lost 0-1 to Elite to open the MRL season in late March but went undefeated after that while Elite finished sixth in the division with two wins.
SATURDAY Final – SLSG Elite win 5-0 over Unified FC
A rematch of the opening Group game for the two teams, won 1-0 by Unified.
PHOTO GALLERY – Unified FC v JB Marine Gober
SLSG advanced as the wildcard last weekend, after an opening 0-1 loss to Unified. They went on to score 8 in two shutouts to earn the six points needed to advance.
Unified pitched three shutouts while scoring 10 goals to earn the bracket title. They face JB Marine Gober who scored 14 while allowing 3 in their three group wins. That included a wild 6-2 win over SLSG Premier Navy to open play last Saturday.
SUNDAY – SLSG Elite 1:0 KCSG PHOTO GALLERY
SUNDAY – Lou Fusz Phillips 3:0 Lou Fusz Weber PHOTO GALLERY
BOYS U15 (2003)
SLSG Elite are the defending champions, defeating KC Select last Summer. Elite finished second in their Premier I Blue division
SATURDAY Final – SLSG Elite win 3-1 over Lou Fusz Limpert
A rematch of the 2017 semifinal won by SLSG Elite.
Congrats to U15B SLSG Elite on winning the MO State Cup title🏆⚽️👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/nUFS5hqCya
— Missouri Youth ⚽️ (@MOyouthSoccer) June 9, 2018
SLSG Elite finished 3-0 with a 16:3 goal differential in group play, extending the advantage to 22:3 with their 6-0 shutout of Lou Fusz Phillips Friday. Lou Fusz Limpert swept their opponents last weekend with a 14:0 goal differential. Limpert won 1st Place MRL 1st Division West Blue (8-0-1) & 1st Place SLYSA Premier League U16 (10-0-1) this Spring.
PHOTO GALLERY – Lou Fusz Limpert v Sporting STL Howe Semifinal
BOYS U16 (2002)
The defending champion SLSG Elite Amlong team has qualified for the US Youth Soccer National Championship already by way of the National League. It will be their second straight trip to the USYSA NCS. Last Summer, they reached the semifinals. They had a less successful MRL season, finishing last in their Premier Division and need to win to compete at Regionals.
SATURDAY Final – JB Marine Mann win 2-1 over SLSG Elite
PHOTO GALLERY JB Marine Mann v SLSG Elite
Video of the game-winning goal, scored when Cole Pardo’s free kick deflected off a player into the net with two minutes remaining in the second OT period.
— Anna Jones (@annamckie28) June 10, 2018
U16 Champions @JBMarineSoccer Mann. Cole Pardo game winner in 18th minute of OT, free kick deflection off the wall pic.twitter.com/8uTwxslhTl
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) June 10, 2018
JB Marine Mann (no longer a Sporting affiliate) welcomed back Head Coach Pat Mann with three big wins, by an overall 21-2 margin. The lack of focus in their win against FCKC on Sunday, when they allowed two quick goals including one 20 seconds after they scored a PK, seem to have been addressed in their 8-0 win Monday over PAO. They got past Lou Fusz Carotenuto with a goal in the final minute.
The defending champion SLSG Elite squad, who defeated Mann in the final last year, were 3-0 with a 14:1 goal differential in their games, allowing one in their final group game against Sporting STL Howe. They defeated SLSG Premier Navy, who were 3-0 in group, 5-1 on Friday.
SATURDAY – Lou Fusz Carotenuto Red 4:0 Sporting STL White Kortkamp (PHOTO GALLERY)
SUNDAY – JB Marine Mann 5:2 FCKC PHOTO GALLERY incomplete
The Mann boys finished second in their MRL Premier Division
BOYS U17 (2001)
The defending champion SLSG Elite Boyer team has qualified for the US Youth Soccer National Championship already by way of the National League. STORY LINK It will be their first trip to the USYSA NCS. Elite finished third in the MRL Premier Division this season so a trip to Regionals will require a State title.
SATURDAY Final – Lou Fusz Carron falls 2-3 to SLSG Elite
After taking the lead, Carron saw Sam Benoist (CBC) score a pair of goals before coming back in the final 5 minutes of the match on a corner kick. SLSG got the game winner a minute later on a set piece of their own, a free kick from the corner of the 18 yard box, into the near upper 90 (photo to follow)
PHOTO GALLERY Lou Fusz Carron v SLSG Elite
Lou Fusz Carron opened with a 5-0 shutout of SLSG Premier Navy and followed that with a pair of 4-1 wins to finish 3-0 with a 13:2 goal differential. They shut down Sporting SGF’s dreams with an 8-3 win Friday.
SLSG Elite had a garish 24:2 goal differential in their three group wins. Sporting STL Academy McCarthy also put up plenty of goals, scoring 25 while allowing five. It ended with Elite outscoring Sporting STL 2-1 to advance again.
PHOTO GALLERY Sporting STL Blue McCarthy v Lou Fusz Carron Final Group game
MEN U18 (2000)
Elite have qualified for Regionals already by winning their Premier Blue Division.
SATURDAY Final – Sporting Springfield win 2-1 over SLSG Elite
This is the third year in a row these two teams have faced each other in the final. Springfield won at U15 while Elite were champions last year at U17 (Calendar year change led to U16 being skipped).
Your new 2000 State Cup Champions! Congrats to the Netherlands for winning their 2nd state title in three years!! Hard work, dedication and teamwork paid off. What a great example for our younger players. Congrats 🎊🎉🏆🏆🎉🎊#SportingSpringfield #MOStateCup #Champs pic.twitter.com/UKJtnVimDN
— Sporting Springfield (@sportingsgf) June 9, 2018
Still getting over the fact that there was a full complement of 16 teams in this age group. The defending champions were surprised by Lou Fusz Stull in their opener, drawing 1-1. They went on to win the final two by a 13-1 margin to grab the top spot as Stull stumbled with a second draw, 4-4 against Missouri Rush in the final match, to fall out of contention.
Sporting Springfield Neitherlands, shut out their three group opponents with a 10:0 goal differential in the games and got past Lou Fusz Pike 2-1
Note – Lou Fusz Geerling will be at Regionals via Midwest Regional League.
MEN U19 (1999)
The three-time defending State Champions Sporting STL McMahon Ford Howe team return as they look to make a return trip to Regionals and potentially Nationals. They finished in the middle of the table this season in MRL.
Sporting STL Howe fall 0-1 to SLSG Elite
What can I saw, the Final will once again be these two teams who each were 3-0 in group play. Sporting had a 15:1 goal differential while Elite were 11:2. Final club game here in St. Louis for both squads.
PHOTO GALLERY – Lou Fusz Popovic v SLSG Elite Final Group game
Here are the Champions and Finalists from 2017. I’ve crossed out the teams that aren’t returning, as SLSG Elite is now playing ECNL and SLSG Pre-Academy is now a full Academy program (see them next Wednesday in a local derby, more on that later) The U14 Girls, now U15, will play in the Fall and the U19/20 Women have aged out. Same goes for the U19/20 Men.
||Sporting STL 2004 Red Devils|
|U14 Girls||FC Kansas City 2003 Academy Blues Elite||SLSG MO 2003 Premier|
|U19/20 Women||FC Kansas City 98-99 Forte Elite||Sporting JB Marine 98-99 Schneider|
||SLSG MO 2004 Elite|
|U14 Boys||SLSG MO 2003 Elite||KC Select 2003 Academy|
|U15 Boys||SLSG MO 2002 Elite Amlong||Sporting JB Marine 2002 Mann|
|U16 Boys||SLSG MO 2001 Elite||Sporting JB Marine 2001 Mann|
|U17 Boys||SLSG MO 2000 Elite||Sporting Springfield 2000 Netherlands|
|U18 Boys||Sporting STL 1999 McMahon Ford||SLSG MO 1999 Elite|
|U19/20 Men||STLFC 98-99||SLSG MO 98-99 Elite|