Thirteen teams from Missouri qualified for the 2018-2019 National League, all but one from the St. Louis area. Three girls teams (2001 and 2003) competed last weekend and will return in late January for their final three matches. One team – Lou Fusz 2003 Blue McKee – is undefeated and sit atop their group. Here’s hoping the younger girls or eight boys teams who open play Thursday can have as much success.
The two youngest age groups open play on the girls side while there are eight boys teams across the full age range (2000-2005). That includes six SLSG Elite teams (2000-2005) along with a pair of JB Marine teams, the 2002 Mann squad and the 2004 Gober team. Below you’ll find some background information along with the schedules. The background information comes from both the National League preview along with my experiences covering the teams. Note all records are in the format of (w-d-l), the international standard.
I will continually update this report over the next four days with scores, related notes and a running total of results for Missouri. As always, the games are included in my St.Louis Soccer calendar. Come back regularly!
UPDATE the US Youth Soccer National League is forced to cancel ALL games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9 in Greensboro, Wilson and Goldsboro
UPDATE – for Boys 2000-2003 Due to the expected severe weather in Greensboro and travel safety concerns on Sunday, NL Boys 16U-19U will not be playing matches on Sunday at Greensboro’s Bryan Park. Games may be abandoned with results based upon six games, as teams experienced last year.
FRIDAY RESULTS (5-1-4) (w-d-l)
W – 2005 Geerling girls get a 3rd minute goal by Leah Hale and hold on for the win
W – 2004 Red Devils girls score seven for their first win! Brooke Kittner, Ava Blum with two, Nina Preusser, Addisyn Weiskopf and Maggie Illig all score.
L – 2005 Elite get a 68th min goal from Ryley Gibbs, his second this weekend, but fall to Nationals Union
L – 2004 Elite go up 1-0 in the 2’ Raff on PK. Only to give up goals in the 18’ 33’ and the 40’
L – 2004 Gober give up a goal in the 27th minute and fall to SC Del Sol
W – 2003 Elite win on an 80th minute own goal against NCFC Elite (NC)
W – 2002 Elite defeat FC United (Chicago, always a good win!) 4-0 with Kyle Weinhold scoring a brace (7th & 11th) with Devin Livingstone and Ben Macinnes adding goals in the 55th and 57th min
D – 2002 Mann draw 2-2 with NCFC, coming back twice to get the point. Blake Mann in the 55th and Arthur DeCampos with his second of the weekend.
W – 2001 Elite scored another 3-2 win, this over Rise (TX). Camden Starzyk opened the scoring in the 9th minute but Elite then gave up an own goal in the 25th. Josh Lindell restored the lead in the 49th but another own goal in the 85th looked to send the game to overtime. That was avoided when Tony Bodul scored in stoppage for the win.
L – 2000 Elite lose on a 56th minute goal
THURSDAY RESULTS (8-2-0)
W – 2005 Geerling Girls won easily, 4-1 over Barca Academy with Anna Pagano and Natalie Milller scoring.
D – 2004 Red Devils draw 1-1 as both teams scored before 8 minutes had elapsed. Julie Steiger for Sporting
W – 2005 Elite Boys got goals from Jaiden Specht in the 10th and Ryley Gibbs in the 42nd to win 2-1 over Pipeline SC (MD)
D – 2004 Elite drew 1-1 with Joseph Simon scoring as time expired (80th min) to earn the point
W – 2004 Gober got a goal from Michael Basler in the 42nd minute for the narrow win
W – 2003 Elite come back to win 2-1 as Almir Mujcinovic (32nd) and Stephen Saladin (34th) provided the final margin
W – 2002 Elite gave up a goal in the 45th minute but fought back with goals by Marko Anic (62nd), Donny Ross (67th) and Devin Livingstone (71st) to ensure the win, giving up a second in the 90th min.
W – 2002 Mann win big, 6-2 over National semifinalists FC Dallas with Arthur DeCampos opening the scoring in the 12th, followed by Nicolas Derleth, Walter Ralph, Owen Lathrop with a brace and John Gates.
W – 2001 Elite win 3-2 over Solar, scoring three via Camden Starzyk (3rd and 55th) and Sam Rowan (9th) before giving up goals in the 78th and 80th minute. Tighten up boys!
W – 2000 Elite clobber CTC South Florida 6-1. Tommy Naumann with the 2nd minute game winner, followed by Cameron Blaylock (25th), Jacob Bilyeu (45th), Bryce Gamache (52nd) and a brace by James Dulle (57th & 66th).
2005 Lou Fusz Geerling
Featured first in the NL preview of their Black Division, LF Geerling is one side that is looking to take the next step after a strong showing last season. The Missouri State Cup champion showcased stout defense to win its group at the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships before dropping a close semifinal match. After proving it is among the top teams in its region, Lou Fusz will now aim to be among the best in the Black Division. Their first opponent, Barca, won it’s Conference (MRL) division.
|Thu Dec 6||11:00 AM||Barca (OH-S)||4-1 W|
|Fri Dec 7||10:00 AM||Pipeline (MD)||1-0 W|
|Sat Dec 8||11:00 AM||SJEB Rush (NJ)|
|Sun Dec 9||10:00 AM||West Pines (FL)|
|Fri Mar 15||TBA||Snohomish United (WA)|
|Sat Mar 16||TBA||Rise Elite|
|Sun Mar 17||TBA||Beadling South (PA-W)|
2004 Sporting STL Red Devils
No recognition in the NL Previews but the two-time Missouri State Champions (Summer 2018 and Fall 2018) went on to an 0-1-2 record in the Midwest Regionals this Fall. They finished sixth in the NL Midwest Conference (MRL) Premier I division with a 3-2-4 record. They qualified for NL based upon their Spring MRL Premier I Blue Division 2nd Place finish.
|Thu Dec 6||11:45 AM||LVSA (NV)||1-1 D|
|Fri Dec 7||12:45 PM||Pac NW (WA)||7-1 W|
|Sat Dec 8||12:45 PM||NJ Stallions|
|Sun Dec 9||10:00 AM||Sunrise Sting (FL)|
|Sat Jan 19||9:00 AM||BC United (NY-W)|
|Sun Jan 20||7:00 AM||CDA Premier (OH-S)|
|Mon Jan 21||8:30 AM||GA Rush|
Back to back #MOStateCup wins for our @SportingSTL 2004 Red Devils. Looking forward to Seeing this group compete at Regionals this summer, but first we have National League in NC & FL. Thx for the support @MOyouthSoccer @STLsoccernet #roadtoKC pic.twitter.com/tnedDfakAd
— Sporting Stl Red Devils (@SportingRD2004) October 28, 2018
2005 SLSG Elite
|12/6/2018||1:45 PM||Pipeline (MD)||2-1 W|
|12/7/2018||12:45 PM||Nationals Union (MI)||1-2 L|
|12/8/2018||5:15 PM||Rise Elite (TX-S)|
|12/9/2018||7:30 AM||USA Premier (UT)|
|3/9/2019||tbd||PSA Nationals (NJ)|
|3/10/2019||tbd||Barca Academy (OH-S)|
2004 JB Marine Gober
Qualified as the MRL Premier I – Blue Division Champion and get to face the defending National Champions on Saturday (National Union Black) who also won their National League division and the Midwest Regional last Summer. Later this month they’ll face VHSC who were Southern Region champions and won their NL Conference division this Fall.
|12/6/2018||5:15 PM||PCU Red (OR)||1-0 W|
|12/7/2018||1:45 PM||SC Del Sol White (AZ)||0-1 L|
|12/8/2018||6:00 PM||Union Black (MI)|
|12/9/2018||11:00 AM||PSA National (NJ)|
|12/28/2018||1:30 PM||Dallas Kicks Selecao (TX-N)|
|12/29/2018||9:50 AM||VHSC Steamers (AL)|
|12/31/2018||8:00 AM||Bethesda Blue (MD)|
J.B. Marine 2004 Gober Boys went 2-0 this weekend in MRL in Indianapolis and won the U14 Premier 1 Blue Division! pic.twitter.com/3zp6Oi5cY0
— J.B. Marine SC (@JBMarineSC) May 13, 2018
2004 SLSG Elite
Drawn into a tough bracket with PPA having advanced to the National Championship last year via National League and Downtown LVSC was a Southern Region Finalist. Their opponent to open play, Potomac SC, reached the Eastern Region semifinals.
|12/6/2018||3:30 PM||Potomac SC (MD)||1-1 D|
|12/7/2018||5:15 PM||PA Dominion (PA-E)||1-3 L|
|12/8/2018||2:30 PM||Rise Elite (TX-S)|
|12/9/2018||11:00 AM||PPA KSA (GA)|
|3/8/2019||tbd||LA Galaxy South Bay (CA-S)|
|3/9/2019||tbd||Downtown LVSC (NV)|
|3/10/2019||tbd||Midwest United (MI)|
2003 SLSG Elite
Qualified as the MRL Premier I-Blue Division 2nd Place squad last Fall. One team in the division reached the NCS last year, FC United (Chicago) after winning the Midwest Regional. Nationals Union were semifinalists.
|12/6/2018||1:00 PM||HMMS Eagle (PA-E)||2-1 W|
|12/7/2018||8:00 AM||NCFC Elite (NC)||1-0 W|
|12/8/2018||8:00 AM||FC United (IL)|
|12/9/2018||11:25 AM||Bethesda Academy (MD)|
|3/10/2019||tbd||Nationals Union (MI)|
2002 JB Marine Mann
Qualified via their NL Second Place Team – White Division finish in 2018 and went on to capture their first Missouri State Cup title with a 2-1 win over SLSG Elite, who are also competing in the National League (below). Their match Friday will be against the National Finalist last year (NCFC). FC Dallas Premier, Thursday’s opponent, beat NCFC in group play at Nationals last year but then lost to them in the semifinals. Washington Premier won their NL Division last year. All in all a very tough group.
|12/6/2018||3:00 PM||FC Dallas Premier (TX-N)||6-2 W|
|12/7/2018||12:00 PM||NCFC Elite (NC)||2-2 D|
|12/8/2018||12:00 PM||Lehigh Valley (PA-E)|
|12/9/2018||11:25 AM||LGN United (NY-E)|
|3/8/2019||tbd||SC Waukesha (WI)|
|3/9/2019||tbd||Galaxy Blue (IL)|
2002 SLSG Elite
Qualified via their NL First Place Team – Blue Division finish in 2018 and but then were Finalist in the Summer 2018 State Cup, loosing in two overtimes to JB Marine. They were denied a semifinal spot at Nationals by goal differential, a single goal difference. Club Ohio Green won the Midwest Regional to advance to Nationals last year
|12/6/2018||11:00 AM||Phil. Ukrainian (PA-E)||3-2 W|
|12/7/2018||8:00 AM||FC United (IL)||4-0 W|
|12/8/2018||12:00 PM||MOBA Elite (GA)|
|12/9/2018||7:45 AM||OK Energy FC|
|3/9/2019||tbd||Folsom Lake Earthquakes|
|3/10/2019||tbd||Club Ohio (OH-S)|
2001 SLSG Elite
The NL First Place Team-Blue Division last Winter. The Missouri side followed its strong National League performance by sweeping the competition to win the 2018 US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship. A pair of one-goal losses prevented SLSG from advancing at Nationals, so it should have plenty of motivation to get back to that stage for another crack at it. One of the matches SLSG dropped at Nationals was a close group game to PPA KSA 01 Pro-Profile (GA), which joins it in this year’s Blue Division. PPA KSA won the 2018 US Youth Soccer Southern Regional Championship
|12/6/2018||11:00 AM||Solar Sawyer (TX-N)||3-2 W|
|12/7/2018||8:00 AM||Rise SC (TX-S)||3-2 W|
|12/8/2018||2:00 PM||Lake Grove United (NY-E)|
|12/9/2018||11:25 AM||PPA KSA (GA)|
|3/8/2019||tbd||Eastside FC (WA)|
|3/9/2019||tbd||KHA Red (OH-S)|
Marko Anic on the ball, Dev Livingstone in background and
— National League (@NationalLeague) December 7, 2018
— John Ross (@922Ross) December 7, 2018
2000 SLSG Elite
Regional semifinalists last Summer, there are four teams who reached the NCS last year – CTC, OC Surf, Downtown LVSC and MI Jaguars. Gallagher opens against CTC and then finishes with the other three, making their results this weekend critical.
|12/6/2018||9:00 AM||CTC S Florida||6-1 W|
|12/7/2018||10:00 AM||Lehigh Valley (PA-E)||0-1 L|
|12/8/2018||2:00 PM||FC Dallas (TX-N)|
|12/9/2018||1:15 PM||OH Premier (OH-S)|
|3/8/2019||tbd||OC Surf (CA-S)|
|3/9/2019||tbd||Downtown LVSC (NV)|