3RD PLACE GAME: One more game Tuesday – vs. the Sockers at 1pm central live streamed! These teams played to 2 draws this season & had the same score in their semifinal matches per Chrissie Reiss
In penalties. @STLFCAcademy U19 finishes 3rd in nation for the 2018-2019 season.
Congratulations boys! #traditionbuilttoday
— STLFC Academy (@STLFCAcademy) July 10, 2019
SEMIFINAL UPDATE: the team made one change from the Quarterfinal linneup as Lukas Hummel (Indiana) returned following a red card. He replaced Kristian Malinich in the lineup. Of note in the game Monday is the tactical change the team made. They have been playing a WM or 3-2-3-2 with Danny Collins (Bradley) and Jeremiah Collins in the forward positions and Hummel along with Kyle Genenbacher, an 03 playing up with the 00-01’s, handling wing responsibilities while Nichi Vlastos roams as the attacking midfielder. The back three have been Lawson Redmon (Indiana), Joey Maher (Indiana) and Jansen Miller (Xavier) from left to right.
The tactical change saw Genenbacher play a much more defensive role as the team anticipated the wing attack of FC Dallas. Thus you saw more of a 3-3-2-2 with Genenbacher joining Feho Sabotic (02) and Kip Keller (SLU) in the defensive midfield, leaving six to defend against FCD while Hummell and Vlastos provided the link to the two forwards.
The team played strong defense against the top-ranked program in the country while also creating some good chances that came up just short. FCD scored early in the second half to break the deadlock and allowed them to back off some which opened up the game but the team, who scored about half as often as FC Dallas during the season (48 vs 90) was unable to break through. At the end, Vlastos was playing as the lone forward while they had four playing behind him.
Final note – Vlastos, who graduated High School a year ago (2018) has not made any college commitments that I am aware of. At the STLFC Spring Open Scouting Day, when club players from the various affiliated organizations come spend a day learning more about the club and playing small-sided games with coaches from the program, Vlastos was noted as the best example of what the Academy offers. I’d be surprised if we don’t start to see him on the Saint Louis FC bench, maybe even Wednesday at Atlanta United. His last minutes with the first team were in the win in the second round at Des Moines when he played the full 120 minutes although the club called his minutes against Forward Madison on May 29th his, and Kippy Keller’s professional debuts.
Vlastos 🔁 Umar
2-0 | #CLTvSTL
— Saint Louis FC (@SaintLouisFC) July 14, 2019
Congratulations to the U19 STLFC Academy boys who defeated #4 seed Sporting KC 3-1 in the Quarterfinals of the US Development Academy playoffs Monday. They will travel to Irvine, CA for Championship Week July 8-10, facing FC Dallas in the semifinal.
After falling behind in the 19th minute on Jahon Rad’s penalty kick due to a hand ball in the box, the squad scored a pair of goals in a three minute period to take the lead, sealing the win on Jeremiah Collins stoppage time goal.
Nichi Vlastos , who started against Des Moines FC for Saint Louis FC at the start of their US Open Cup run and is considered the most influential player on the STLFC roster, scored in the 60th minute when Myles Sophanavong sent him in on the left side unmarked. The finish to the opposite side netting knotted the score at 1-1.
The play started deep in the defensive end when Jansen Miller received a ball near the right touchline. He sent a 40 yard pass up the line that Danny Collins controlled and then beat his defender as he turned to goal near the end line. He found Sophanavong entering the box, settling the ball and calmly finding Vlastos as defenders closed.
Sophanavong, who was one of two Peoria Notre Dame players who received special dispensation from the IHSA to play in the recent All-State All-American game highlighting top High School Juniors, appears to have a decision to make this Summer, having come on in the 59th minute and establishing his bona fides in this match.
The game-winner was scored by Joey Maher as he crashed the box and walked the ball into the net after the SKC keeper failed to handle Vlastos free kick. Coming in from the left side, the curling ball looking for Maher at the far post was dropped into his path when the keeper mis-judged the ball badly.
One team has reached this level previously. Check out the team they will hope to match next month in my notes after the video highlights from Monday’s match.
Vlastos and Maher goals
2⃣ Goals in 3⃣ Minutes!
Vlastos sent it in and 💪 Joey Maher 💪 thumped it home pic.twitter.com/QzeSMVymgl
— Development Academy (@ussoccer_da) June 25, 2019
— Development Academy (@ussoccer_da) June 25, 2019
Full game video
— Development Academy (@ussoccer_da) June 24, 2019
The bar they are looking to exceed goes back to 2012 when the SLSG Missouri Academy boys reached the U15/16 Final against the New York Red Bulls,losing 0-1.
July 23, 2012
The roster from that game includes one Major League Soccer player – Tommy Barlow – and several USL players – Jake Leeker, Portland Timbers II; Austin Panchot, NC Courage; Austin Ledbetter, FC Tucson; and Mark Segbers, Swope Park Rangers
NYRB: 1-Evan Louro; 20-Brandon Tetro, 3-Matt Miazga, 19-Kevin Politz, 6-Mike Kapitula (5-Kaz Boschen, 72); 12-Steven Echevarria, 8-Arun Basuljevic, 11-Adam Najem (13-Vinny Brunetti , 80); 10-Alex Muyl (24-Chris Lema, 61), 14-Amando Moreno (7-Joe Swenson, 67), 9-Ismar Tandir (17-Wesley Wade, 51)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Joe Ohaus
Head coach: Rob Elliott
SLSG: 1-Jacob Leeker; 6-Austin Ledbetter, 5-Jordan Klipsch, 2-Justin Graham, 11-Jason Pesek; 17-Curtis Schillingsford (19-Blake Gonzalez, 61), 10-Keegan McHugh, 13-Austin Panchot; 27-Mark Segbers, 15-Nick Jones (8-Matt Steurer, 70), 12-Tommy Barlow
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Brett Hodges, 16-Zachary Kavanaugh, 20-Stephen McMillian, 22-David Stoll, 26-Samuel Newman, 30-Edward Starr
Head coach: Tim Leonard