Congratulations to the SLSG 2001 Elite Boyer boys of St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC who have qualified for the USYSA National Soccer Championship Series, the country’s most prestigious national youth soccer tournament. The 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships are being held July 23-29 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. SLSG 2001 Elite Reach USYSA National Championship
The team will play three group games, beginning Tuesday and finishing Thursday. Their game Thursday will be live streamed, beginning at 7am. A link along with the schedule and their results can be found below.
This team has been competing for several years, capturing their first State Cup title in 2014. With the move to calendar year in 2016, the team went on to capture State titles in both 2017 and again this year, defeating Lou Fusz Carron on Brady Glon’s (Howell) very late direct kick, after a pair of goals by Sam Benoist were later matched by Lou Fusz.
Competing in National League this year, the boys went 5-1 to capture their division and the automatic qualification for the National Championship. Their only loss came in the final match when they had already clinched the division.
The National League provides a pathway for four teams per gender age group to qualify for the US Youth Soccer National Championships, sending the top finishers in each division of the 14U through 18U Boys and Girls age groups to compete for the National title. In 2017, nine of a possible 10 National Championship titles were won by National League teams.
The team roster has been very stable and this team has benefited from that, especially when you look at their results at the Midwest Regional last month. Sam Rowan’s performance stands out as he scored seven goals in the five games, tops for the U17 age group. Four of those goals were game-winners, including stoppage time efforts in their first game and the semifinal match. That can mask, for unprepared teams, the broad scoring capabilities of this team as five other players scored two or more goals during the tournament. I have to believe the mental strength they’ve shown this season, winning late in the Cup title game, Rowan’s stoppage time winners and the results at National League tops it for me. Multiple scoring options and a lock down defense with two excellent keepers seal the deal when I think about their opportunity in their first trip to Nationals.
Of note – the team has reached these new levels under the leadership of Jon Boyer who took over the team this year. With his staff Jonathan Douglas and John Schneider, this is the type of development that stands out. U13 titles are nice but it’s the U16 and older age groups when winning should become a key part of the players development. The Results below show the slow but steady progress being made that has led to this week’s opportunity. A discussion about the MRL results (3rd, 3-2-2) with the Coaches pointed to the developmental aspect of it, especially with the path to Nationals already locked in. Rather then focusing on winning, the games were an opportunity to work every player into games and situations that would better prepare them for where the team is now.
The team plays a 4-3-3 and this is the likely starting lineup Tuesday
Forwards – Benoist #7, Dolson #3, Grewe #2
Midfielders – Lindelll #11, Rowan #8, Dunne #10
Defenders – Glon #17, Burke #4, Douglas #5, Hardy #13
GK – Mitchell #1
Playing 5 games in 6 days requires plenty of depth and players like Kraus #14 at forward, Sewing #21 and Clucas #6 in the midfield and Fitzgerald #0 in goal. There are four photo galleries available below for fans. Rowan is the star, playing the 10 position but this team has pace, skill and desire at every spot.
2018 qualify for Nationals
2018 Midwest Regional Champions
2017 Midwest Regional Finalists
2018 MRL Premier I Blue Division, third 3-2-2
2017 MRL Premier I Blue Division champions (6-1)
2018 Missouri State Cup Champions
2017 Missouri State Cup Champions
|Tue Jul 24||9:00 am||OK Energy FC||0-1 Loss|
|Wed Jul 25||11:00 am||Santa Barbara SC||1-1 Draw|
|Thu Jul 26||7:00 am||PPA KSA Pro (GA)||1-2 Loss|
|Sat Jul 28||9:00 am||Semifinal|
|Sun Jul 29||7:15 am||Final|
Goal Scorers: Jack Douglas, Trent Dolson
A goal by Trent Dolson in the 15th minute as he finished into an empty net following a GK mistake was matched later in the half by KFA (GA). The best opportunity in the second half came in the 80th on Rowan’s corner kick that was headed down and looked to be headed for the back of the net. Calls for a hand ball went unheeded and US Soccer didn’t offer a replay. A poor back pass was later intercepted by in the 89th minute for the decider.
The boys play PPA who are tied with OK Energy with four points after those two played to a 1-1 draw. A win against PPA is necessary to finish with four points. That ensures the head-to-head tiebreaker goes in SLSG’s favor (both with 4 points) while OK Energy could win and grab 1st in the group with SLSG finishing second and advancing to the semifinals.
The boys gave up a goal in the 9th minute but saw center back Jack Douglas tie the game with his goal in the 37th minute. No more scoring, the game ends in a draw.
The loss, as noted below, came on a penalty kick in the 77th minute. Boys face Santa Barbara tomorrow, who also lost today.
Lost to a PK. Boys played well but could not get the goal/s they deserved. Hit the post and crossbar 4 times today. Destiny still in our own hands. We will bounce back!
— SLSG01Elite (@SLSG01Elite) July 24, 2018
The roster has changed from last year with seven new players – Braeckel, Dietiker, Dubbs, Kalish, Herrmann, Keating and Murphy. The first three, as noted in the sample lineup above, have cracked the starting lineup. Jonathan Douglas, who has been with the team for four years now, noted that two-thirds of the roster has been part of the team during that time.
|Jersey||Player||Pos||HS Grad||High School|
|10||Camden Dunne||Midfield||2019||Parkway Central|
PHOTO GALLERY – there are four photo galleries of the boys for the past two years, including two from this Spring/Summer. That includes their State Cup title match against Lou Fusz Carron, seen in the slideshow below.