With the start of Major League Soccer, and United Soccer League a week away from their openers, I’m going to take a stab at providing regular updates on what’s happening with St. Louis Professional Soccer Players around the world. While focused on the players, it will also be a spot to keep you up-to-date on the other professionals in the coaching and club ranks. Let me know what you think by commenting on Facebook or Twitter or by sharing it with your friends. Send updates and corrections using my Contact Form.
Megan Link has resigned her position as Head Coach at Southwest Baptist after four years. A Lafayette grad who played collegiality at SBU, she joined SBU after one season as an assistant at Quincy. Link played professional soccer in 2013 for the Afturelding Football Club in the Premiere League in Iceland. She has joined perennial D2 power Grand Valley State in Michigan as an assistant.
I am incredibly excited for my next journey! Thank you to @JKHosler for the opportunity to join the @GVSUsoccer family! I can’t wait to work with such an incredible staff, team and university! Go Lakers! 💙
— Megan Link (@MegLink1) February 11, 2019
|Tim Ream||Fulham FC||EPL||D||Leicester 3/9|
|Vedad Ibisevic||Hertha Berlin||Bundesliga||F||Freiburg 3/9|
|Josh Sargent||Werder Bremen||Bundesliga||F||Schalke 3/8|
|Joe Willis||Houston Dynamo||MLS||GK||Montreal 3/9|
|Will Bruin||Seattle Sounders||MLS||F||3/9 Colorado Rapids|
|Julie King||North Carolina Courage||NWSL||D||4/13 Chicago Red Stars|
|Shea Groom||Seattle Reign||NWSL||F||4/14 Houston Dash|
|Becky Sauerbrunn||Utah Royals||NWSL||D||4/20 Washington Spirit|
|Alyssa Mautz||Chicago Red Stars||NWSL||M||4/13 NC Courage|
For Tim Ream and Fulham, a narrow 1-2 loss to Chelsea Sunday was welcomed by fans as caretaker Manager Scott Parker, who also played at Fulham, focused on players who helped FFC get promoted and the attitude and effort were noticeably improved.
— Dave Lange (@soccermadeinstl) March 3, 2019
Vedad Ibisevic and Hertha Berlin sit in 8th place in the Bundesliga. Ibisevic went over 300 games in the Bundesliga in December.
4️⃣ Vedad Ibišević – 118 Goals 🇧🇦
After 12 years in Germany, with seasons at Alemannia Aachen, Hoffenheim, Stuttgart and Hertha, the Bosnian has scored 118 goals in the Bundesliga. Based on his form this season, it seems there are more still to come 🤞 pic.twitter.com/FpYqsUdDsB
— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 19, 2019
Josh Sargent was an unused substitute in Werder’s 1-1 draw against Wolfsburg Sunday. In case you missed it, he signed a contract extension with Werder last month
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) February 26, 2019
Will Bruin was not in the 18 Sunday as the Sounders dominated FC Cincinnati 4-1 with Jordan Morris scoring a brace in his return from injury that kept him out all of 2018. Bruin scored seven goals and added five assists – his second-highest career assist total – in 29 appearances with the Sounders in 2018, his second season with the team.
Alyssa Mautz just wrapped up the Australian W-League season, joining Sam Kerr in leading the Perth Glory to the title game for the third straight year.
Becky Sauerbrunn is with the US Women’s National team while they play the #SheBelieves Cup and the Road to France matches that includes a stop in St. Louis on May 16th.
|Ado Jahic||NK Jedinstvo||BiH||F|
|Alec "AJ" Cochran||Phoenix Rising||USL||D||3/9 San Antonio|
|Austin Panchot||North Carolina FC||USL||M||3/9 Louisville City|
|Connor Sparrow||Nashville SC||USL||GK||3/9 Loudoun United|
|Emir Alihodzic||Fresno FC||USL||M||3/9 New Mexico United|
|Jake Leeker||Portland Timbers 2||USL||GK||3/9 Tulsa|
|Justin Bilyeu||Swope Park Rangers||USL||D||3/9 Red Bull II|
|Mark Segbers||Swope Park Rangers||USL||D||3/9 Red Bull II|
|Matt Pickens||Nashville SC||USL||GK||3/9 Loudoun United|
|Robert "Robby" Kristo||North Carolina FC||USL||F||3/9 Louisville City|
|Sam Fink||Saint Louis FC||USL||D||3/9 Indy Eleven|
|Tom Barlow||New York Red Bull II||USL||F||3/9 Swope Park Rangers|
|Tomas Gomez||Saint Louis FC||USL||GK||3/9 Indy Eleven|
|Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal||Swope Park Rangers||USL||M||3/9 Red Bull II|
Ado Jahic (Mehlville) signed his first professional contract, joining Jedinstvo in the BiH Premier League
North Carolina FC have a pair of St. Louis attackers, signing Austin Panchot (Lafayette) following the MLS Draft and Robby Kristo (Parkway North) last month with his return from Germany and an ankle injury that hobbled him in 2018. The preseason match against the Charleston Battery Saturday was canceled by storms.
— North Carolina FC (@NorthCarolinaFC) March 2, 2019
AJ Cochran (CBC) moved to Phoenix Rising this winter and he’s drawing positive attention from the fan base already. He’s joined there by John Berner (St. Mary’s).
I've talked about it before, but AJ Cochran is especially good at moving the ball from defense to attack in one accurate pass – and he showed it yesterday against Minnesota United. His skill on the ball could be a real asset to Phoenix this season. pic.twitter.com/XQUWDiO8UV
— Joseph Lowery (@RisingTactics) February 3, 2019
In Nashville, Matt Pickens (Borgia) is back as a player and as the club’s goalkeeper coach for a second season. The MLS Cup and U.S. Open champion, Matt Pickens, will turn 37 in 2019, but age seems to be just a number as Pickens looks to build off of his big 2018. Connor Sparrow (Vianney) joins the team from Real Salt Lake and as this early look at the goalkeepers notes, Sparrows will push his GK Coach for playing time this season. They shared the net in the final preseason match, a scoreless draw against Indy Eleven (Saint Louis FC’s opponent in the Opener this Saturday) that saw each make key saves. On a somewhat related note, Nashville SC has signed Andrew Guttman, the Heisman Trophy winning defender from Indiana University on a loan deal with Celtic FC. That will help both GK’s stats 🙂
Emir Alihodzic (Mehlville) signed with Fresno FC last month. The team has played several preseason matches against college programs since then but no lineup information.
Jake Leeker (Howell Central) moved to Portland from Real Monarchs this winter.
— Jacob Leeker (@LeekerTheKeeper) January 31, 2019
Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal spent the preseason with Sporting KC but is now playing with Swope Park Rangers, joining Justin Bilyeu (CBC) and Mark Segbers (Vianney) as starters in the teams 4-0 shutout of Texas United FC on Saturday. Kuzain provided the assist on the second goal.
Tom Barlow trained extensively with the 1st team this Spring, making the trip to Florida for a pair of games at Disney. He returns to NYRB II after playing 1205 minutes over 26 appearances, making 11 starts for NYRB II… finished the season with ten goals and two assists… scored the game-winning goal in NYRB II’s Eastern Conference semifinal win over Charleston Battery FC.
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) February 21, 2019
Tomas Gomez played one half of the match as Saint Louis FC shutout out Forward Madison FC on Saturday at Soccer Park. He’ll share responsibilities with Jake Fenlason again this season.
|Carly Wickenheiser||Moron BK||Sweden||M|
|Taylor Schneider||Alamein FC||NPL Victoria||M|
|Eric McWoods||JK Narva Trans||Meistriliga||F|
|Austin Ledbetter||FC Tuscon||USL||D|
|Brian Bement||Forward Madison FC||USL||F|
|Mark Pais||Miami FC||NPSL||GK|
|Mike Scharf||St Louis Ambush||MASL||D|
PRO SIGNING 📝
Co-captain @mcwicki will become Red Raider #️⃣3️⃣ to sign with a team in Sweden’s Elitettan division this offseason as she has officially joined Möron BK! 🇸🇪 #WreckEm | #RedRaidersInThePros pic.twitter.com/jNlpsQ42nH
— Texas Tech Soccer (@TexasTechSoccer) February 15, 2019
— soccerSTL (@SoccerSTL) February 6, 2019
It’s official! 2014 Grad Kirkwood High Soccer All-American has signed his first professional contract! @UMKCathletics @umkcmenssoccer https://t.co/oOx9EwH0fG
— Kirkwood T&F (@kirkwoodtrack) January 6, 2019