Competition continues in National League. The girls have completed their first weekend of competition and now it’s time for the boys. Teams in the 15U-19U Boys age groups (Missouri has five) will open their season Dec. 11-15 in Panama City Beach, Fla. The 17U-19U Boys teams will each play four games from Dec. 11-14, while the 15U-16U Boys teams will play four games each from Dec. 12-15.
Thirteen teams from Missouri qualified for the 2019-2020 National League, all from the St. Louis area. Following this weekend, the 14U Boys (Sporting STL) play their first matches of the season Dec. 27-30 at the Winter Showcase event in Tampa, Fla.
Full schedules for each team can be found below along with links to their Team page. I’ll be providing daily updates for each team and the group as a whole. I’ve gathered key points from the National League preview in my team summaries but follow the link to see all the details.
|Team||CY||Weekend Results (w-d-l)|
|JB Marine Gober||2004||1-1-2 (-4) 5th|
|SLSG Elite||2004||3-1-0 (+9) 1st|
|SLSG Elite||2003||4-0-0 (+10) 1st|
|SLSG Elite||2002||2-1-1 (+3)|
|SLSG Elite||2001||1-1-2 (-3) 6th|
The Sporting St. Louis 2006 Academy Goddard boys await their first games later this month. Each team will compete in a seven-game season while playing at two events.
KEY UPDATE: The SLSG 03 boys sweep their four games this weekend, all shutouts. They lead their group and will face their two closest competitors in their fifth and seventh (the final game) of the competition in March. On to Midwest Conference play next, beginning in February.
SLSG 04 finish atop their Division with 10 points after 3 wins and a draw. Difference was their Draw Saturday against Germantown who beat the 2nd place team who finish this first weekend with 9 points
The SLSG 2003 Elite boys won their National League division last Spring, qualifying them for the USYSA National Championship Series in Overland Park last July. They were the only Missouri Boys team to advance to the NCS. They finished 2nd in their Midwest Conference Premier division and captured the Missouri State Cup title this Summer.
Teams that want to update me this are welcome to contact me with the game reports which I’ll add to this post. I’m looking for 1-3 sentences noting key items, including goals and assists, key junctures (a comeback, a late win, etc) and a player shout out or two.
I will continually update this report over the next five 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. Note all records are in the format of (w-d-l), the international standard. Bookmark this post and come back regularly!
SUNDAY RESULTS (1-1-0) (w-d-l) as SLSG 04 win their third game by coming back on an Owen Hardy brace. JB Marine drew 2-2
SATURDAY RESULTS (2-2-1) SLSG 03 completed their competitive effort with their fourth straight shutout and top their group. The SLSG 02 boys got their second win and are only two points behind the leaders going into the second round in March. Christian Kraus scored a brace to earn the 01 Boys a draw on the same day he was named the Metro Player of the Year by the Post-Dispatch. He’s second in scoring in the age group with five goals. The 04 Elite boys drew 3-3 and go into Sunday’s final game without a loss while the 01 boys added a point with their draw
FRIDAY RESULTS (4-1-0) JB Marine got their first points with a 1-0 shutout while Elite 04’s moved to the top of their group with a 4-0 shutout. Elite 03’s are tied at the top of their group with three wins, all shutouts thus far. Elite 02 drew 1-1 while Elite 01 got their first points in a slugfest, coming back with three goals in the final 17 min to win 5-4
THURSDAY RESULTS (3-0-2) Elite 04 boys open with a shutout while Elite 03 secure their second straight shutout. The Elite 02 boys get their first win on Devin Livingstone’s 25th min game-winner
WEDNESDAY RESULTS (1-0-2) The Elite 03 boys open with a shutout (only 01-02-03 boys play today) while 01 and 02 Elite each fell by the identical 1-2 scoreline National League Report
2004 JB Marine Gober
JB Marine (MO) is coming off a first-place finish in the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference Premier I Division, success that was fueled by their defeat of local rival SLSG Elite. As can be expected in National League, the competition will be tough. They open with PPA, who reached the semifinals at the NCS last July, before falling to PA Dominion who are Saturday’s foe.
|JB MARINE 2004|
|Dec 12||12:00 PM||PPA KSA (GA S-C)||1-2 L|
|Dec 13||2:00 PM||MI Jaguars||1-0 W|
|Dec 14||1:00 PM||PA Dominion (NLBK)||0-4 L|
|Dec 15||10:30 AM||PDA Hibernian||2-2 D|
|Mar 13||United PDX (OR)|
|Mar 14||NM Rush (NL)|
|Mar 15||Arlington Red (VA)|
Scorers: Henry Staebell, Kaden Karr, Justin Roschke, Owen Gober
2-2 tie for JB Marine 04 boys in their last National League Game in Panama City. Goals scored by Justin Roschke in the first half, Owen Gober in the second half. PDA Hibernians scores a late equalizer. pic.twitter.com/FN5f30O5bG
— matthew gober (@matthew_gober) December 15, 2019
SUN: Goals scored by Justin Roschke in the first half, Owen Gober in the second half. PDA Hibernians scores a late equalizer.
SAT: After their win Fri, the boys faced PA Dominion who are now second in the group after shutting out our boys. One more game this trip
FRI: A first half goal by Kaden Karr (17th min), paired with some fantastic defending and goaltending from Luke Dillon sealed the win.
THU: Tough 2-1 loss today. Henry Staebell with the early second half tally tied the game, but a deflection goal with 10 left was the difference. Great performance by GK Sean Stenger.
2004 SLSG Elite
SLSG Elite 04 Boys made a run to the Midwest Regional Championships final match last June before falling in overtime. That run was key to qualifying the team for National League after their 3-3-3 finish in the Midwest Conference last Spring. Two teams in this Division reached the NCS in July – Soccer Stars and National Union Black. A tough start and then finish to the competition for SLSG.
The team finishes the first weekend of play in first place with 10 points (3 wins and a draw). Key is their draw with 3rd place Germantown and win over 2nd place Invictus leaving lower table opponents for their return trip in March.
|Dec 12||2:00 PM||Soccer Stars (NY)||4-0 W|
|Dec 13||2:00 PM||Rise NL (TX)||4-0 W|
|Dec 14||3:00 PM||Germantown Legends (TN)||3-3 D|
|Dec 15||10:30 AM||LMSC Invictus (PA)||2-1 W|
|Mar 13||Sparta Premier (UT)|
|Mar 14||Sound FC (WA)|
|Mar 15||National Unions Black (MI)|
Scorers: Chalon Domian – 4, Taylor – 2Owen Hardy – 2, Will Raftery, Dino,
Assists: Chalon Domian – 3, Will Raftery – 2, Alex Peters – 2, Hylan – 2, Taylor
Missing Wednesday stats
SUN: Elite fell behind on a PK and the boys responded! Owen Hardy with a brace, assists by Wil Raferty (50’) and from Alex Peters (60’)
SAT: Following a pair of high-scoring shutouts, the scoring trend continued but the boys game up their first goals of the tournament and their first points. A 3-3 draw with goals by Wil Raftery, Dion and Domian.
FRI: Goals by Nicholas Taylor from Chalon Domian (4th), Domian from Taylor (11th), Taylor from Domian (18th) and finally Domian from Hylan (54th) for the second straight 4-0 shutout, putting them at the top of the table at the moment. Without a roster on the Team Page however, there will be no recognition for the boys from National League regarding the scorers table
THU: no roster on the team page which means National League is unable to recognize players who scored…
2003 SLSG Elite
SLSG2003 Elite left the first leg of NL play in Florida with a clean sheet and went 4-0! pic.twitter.com/z6z4jYmi4y
— SLSG 2003 Elite (@SLSG03Elite) December 16, 2019
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. After picking up two wins apiece in North Carolina, Nationals Union 03 Black (MI) and SLSG 2003 Elite (MO) are in the best positions to compete for the title. Both teams are just four points behind FC United as they head to Las Vegas, which means each side could pass the idle Illinois side as the weekend progresses. They will face each other Sunday in the final game of the tournament with a potential spot in the National Championship series on the line.
|Dec 11||10:00 AM||Bethesda Blue (MD)||3-0 W|
|Dec 12||10:00 AM||FC Copa (NJ)||2-0 W|
|Dec 13||8:00 AM||FC Gold (GA)||1-0 W|
|Dec 14||7:00 AM||Lexington FC (KY)||4-0 W|
|Mar 13||RSL AZ|
|Mar 14||Baton Rouge (LA)|
|Mar 15||Midwest United (MI)|
Scorers: John Cordia – 3, Will Kelly – 3, Sean Green – 2, Grayson Francis, Jalen Corn
although without a roster
SAT: Goals by four players earn the team their fourth straight shutout and they’ll return home atop the table with 12 points to 10 for RSL AZ. Grayson Francis (5th, Ladue), John Cordia (8th, Burroughs), Sean Green (19th, Chaminade) and Jalen Corn (72nd, UCity)
FRI: Will Kelly gets a goal in his third straight game in the 1-0 shutout win that keeps the team undefeated but just behind Midwest United on GD (+7 to +6) SLSG 2003 Elite (MO) is the lone team in the 17U Boys age group that has not yet conceded a goal — helping it to a 3-0-0 record.
THU: Goals by Will Kelly (8th min) and Sean Green (13th) propel the boys to their second shutout win
WED: Elite opens with a 3-0 win with John Cordia (Burroughs)scoring a brace and Will Kelly (Priory) also scoring. Two teams coming off division titles last season — SLSG 2003 Elite (MO) and Baltimore Celtic Premier (MD) — earned shutout wins on Wednesday. Just one other team, Solar 03B De Leon (TX-N), secured a clean sheet victory.
2002 SLSG Elite
The SLSG Elite 02 Boys (MO) finished second in the National League last season before advancing to the Midwest Regional Championship semifinals, so they should be anxious to try and build on those performances this year in the White Division. Solar 02 Castro (TX-N) looks like the team to beat in this year’s 18U Boys White Division. Solar won the White Division last season, to go along with a first-place finish in the US Youth Soccer Frontier Conference. In 15 combined games between the two league competitions, Solar averaged more than three goals per game. It continued that good form at the National Championships, as Solar won several close games to claim the 2019 17U Boys National Championship.
SLSG 02 gets a second win and sit in the top half of their division, only two points behind FC United who they will face in March in their last game of the League.
|Dec 11||2:00 PM||Solar Castro (TX NL)||1-2 L|
|Dec 12||8:00 AM||CTC Bandits (FL)||2-1 W|
|Dec 13||10:00 AM||CUP Gold (OH)||1-1 D|
|Dec 14||9:00 AM||PSA National (NJ)||4-1 W|
|Mar 13||Brausa Blue (MD)|
|Mar 14||NWUSA River (OR)|
|Mar 15||FC United (IL MW)|
Scorers: John Gates – 3, Devin Livingstone – 2, Seth Anderson, Gavin Kalish, Cole Hutson
SAT: John Gates equalized for SLSG in the 42nd min and Seth Anderson got the game-winner in the 47th minute. Gavin Kalish (58th) and Cole Hutson (61st) extended the lead as the team established a positive goal differential before packing for home following a good week.
FRI: Devin Livingstone helped the team earn a point as his 54th min goal (and second of the tournament) drew them even with CUP
THU: John Gates knots the score at 1-1 in the 10th with his second goal of the tournament and Devin Livingstone gets the game-winner in the 25th as the team earns their first points
WED: John Gates (Burroughs) scores for Elite
2001 SLSG Elite
SLSG Elite 01 Boys (MO) went 9-0-0 to win the US Youth Soccer Midwest Conference Premier I Division. Solar 01B Stricker (TX-N) should be a team to watch, as it won the Red Division last season and advanced to the final match at the National Championships. OBGC Rangers 2001 Boys (MD), LVU-FPA 2001 Boys Black (PA-E) and Sparta 01 Premier JK (UT) all reached Nationals last year. The SLSG boys last reached Nationals in 2018 and will look to return in their final competitive season.
|Dec 11||12:00 PM||LGN United (NY)||1-2 L|
|Dec 12||10:00 AM||Solar Stricker (TX NL)||0-3 L|
|Dec 13||12:00 PM||Lobos Rush (TN NL)||5-4 W|
|Dec 14||11:00 AM||OBGC Rangers (MD NL)||2-2 D|
|Mar 13||LVU FPA (PA)|
|Mar 14||Sparta Premier (UT FW)|
|Mar 15||KHA Red (OH)|
Scorers: Christian Kraus – 5, Dillon Flynn, Brandon O’Dell, Blake Mann
SAT: A draw to finish their week sends them home on a positive note. A brace by Christian Kraus (23rd, 57th) brought them back from an initial deficit. Congratulations to Christian on being named the Metro Player of the Year by the Post-Dispatch today. With five goals he’s second in scoring in the age group.
FRI: The boys won 5-4, scoring three goals in the final 17 min to get past Lobos. Brandon O’Dell (26th) and Christian Kraus (60th) kept them close before Blake Mann scored in the 73th, followed by two more Kraus goals in the 81st and 85th min.
THU: a shutout loss to last year’s Finalist
WED: Elite went down in the 14th min but Dillon Flynn (Clayton) leveled the score in the 53rd against the NY squad. LGN got the game winner in the 58th min
Dec. 11-14, 2019 – Panama City Beach, Fla. (All 17U-19U)
Dec. 12-15, 2019 – Panama City Beach, Fla. (All 15U-16U)
Dec. 27-30, 2019 – Tampa, Fla. (All 14U)
Dec. 28-30, 2019 – Tampa, Fla. (Half 15U-19U)
March 13-15, 2020 – Las Vegas, Nev. (All 14U, Half 15U-19U)
National League competition will be held for the 14U (2006), 15U (2005), 16U (2004), 17U (2003), 18U (2002) and 19U (2001) Boys and Girls age groups. The 2019-20 season features up to 32 teams per gender in the 14U through 18U age groups and up to 16 teams per gender in the 19U age group. The expansion during the 2018-19 season led to the addition of a 19-and-Under age group, as well as more teams in the 14U and 15U age groups — pushing the league from 256 to 352 total teams.
The winner of each of the four divisions in the 14U through 18U age groups, as well as the top two finishers in each of the two divisions in the 19U age group, will earn an automatic berth to the 2020 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the oldest and most prestigious youth soccer national championship competition — to be held July 20-26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. The four National League representatives will join the four Regional Champions for a total of eight qualifiers per age group at the National Championships in the 14U through 19U divisions. Most recently in 2019 in Overland Park, Kan., National League teams won all 12 possible National Championships in those age groups.
The 2019-20 National League field features 78 of 88 teams that qualified for the 2019 National Championships in the 13U through 18U age groups, including 21 of the 24 finalists and 11 of 12 champions.