The opening game in Bracket B saw #4 ranked Kansas City SG Academy overwhelm the Panathinaikos lads 10-0, scoring 4 in the first half and a half dozen in the second half as the heat and the relentless pressure broke down the PAO defense. It was a lesson in following the play as the majority of the goals were scored after an initial save by the PAO goalkeeper but the KCSG lads swept up, and finished, the rebounds. Kansas City SG Shuts Out Panathinaikos PAO
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As I mentioned, KCSG is the top ranked team in the Bracket, utilizing the Youth Soccer Rankings website while last year’s Finalist, Unified FC Bayern Munich comes in at #6 as their nearest competitor (PAO is at #20). Unified defeated KCSG Pre-Academy 1-0 in their opener and will face KCSG Academy today at 2:30 pm in what could likely determine the bracket winner. I complimented Unified on their sportsmanship last Summer and they also showed themselves to be a team that doesn’t want to lay back. They have more Latin flair than most of the teams in Maryland Heights this weekend and I don’t anticipate a scoreless draw.
Bracket A is led by defending champions SLSG Elite who got a 3-0 shut out against the #17 SLSG Premier Navy squad on Saturday. They face #19 Real STL White who played to a scoreless draw against #25 Lou Fusz Wipke in a game that lacked good scoring chances for either team although I would give Wipke the edge in possession. It’s likely Elite will advance to the semifinals again this season.
Bracket C is the most competitive with #3 JB Marine Gober, winners of their Premier I Midwest Conference Division, being drawn 1-1 by #11 Real STL Black on Saturday. With #8 Lou Fusz Phillips getting a 3-0 win over SLSG Schalke, Gober will need a pair of wins to advance to the knockout round as well, with Monday’s game against Phillips the decisive one. We have been anticipating an Elite v Gober rubbermatch after all.