The US Men’s National team continues qualification for the 2006 World Cup on Saturday June 4th in Salt Lake City. The game is against Costa Rica and will be broadcast live beginning at 6:30 pm on ESPN2. The team just completed training in Chicago with a friendly against England. The roster for the match is available on the USSF site.
The Springfield Soccer Club sent six teams to Kansas City over the holiday weekend to participate in the 17th annual Adidas Kansas City Invitational tournament. These games are part of the final tune-up for the Club leading up to the Missouri State Cup which will be held in Jefferson City this year (and Springfield next year!) June 10-16.
Of the six teams, two came away with Championship trophies and in the U16 category it was SSC vs SSC as the Red team defeated the White team. Full results can be found here and the Club has photos of the U16 teams on their site already.
The U-18 boys finished 1 -0 – 2, scoring 8 goals while giving up 5 in their three matches. They lost 0 – 4 to eventual champion KC FC Alliance while using a field player in goal over the weekend.
The U-17 boys finished 0 – 2 – 1, scoring 6 while giving up 10 during their three matches. Their best result was a 1 – 1 tie against eventual champion KC Pace during group action.
The U-16 Red, as noted earlier, earned the Championship in their age group, going 4 – 0 while scoring 13 goals and giving up only 2. They had two shut outs during the tournament. Their clubmates on the White team finished second, going 2 -1 – 1 while scoring 10 goals and giving up 8. The only blemish on the White team was their loss in the final match to their clubmates.
The U-15 boys made it to the semi-finals in their age group, losing to the ultimate champions 1 -2. The boys scored 9 and gave up 3 during the tournament, earning two shut out wins enroute to an overall 3 – 1 – 0 record.
The U-14 boys were Champions, going 4 – 0 for the weekend with 15 goals scored and 2 surrendered. There were two shutouts and the beat the Futura Force not once but twice, 1 – 0 in group play and then 2 – 1 in the final.
Congratulations to the boys. I met with Jeremy Alumbaugh, Club Director, last week to talk about both the short term as well as long term plans his coaches have for the Club and I’ll share it with you as part of a Missouri State Cup preview next week. In the meantime, if there are other area clubs who will be participating and would like to provide an update for SGFsoccer.com, I’d love to talk to you!
The News-Leader offers two full columns of soccer news today with an in-depth article on Freddy Adu, discussing his situation at defending MLS Champions DC United as well as his role on the United States U-20 team (Freddy is 16) and the upcoming World Youth Championships coming up in the Netherlands. In addition there is an update on Tiffany Milbrett who has been invited to play on the US Women’s team again by new coach Greg Ryan.
The Chicago Fire Reserve and Des Moines Menace have qualified to represent the PDL Central Conference in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup based upon their wins over the weekend. The standings show our hometown Springfield Storm finishing tied for 8th out of the 14 teams in the Conference.
The Des Moines Menace will be making their only visit of the season to Springfield this Saturday June 4th. I’ll have more information on the match up before heading out of town on Thursday (yes, I’m afraid I’m going to miss the game but I’m working on a back up video guy to ensure we all have highlights to enjoy!). Take advantage of this opportunity to see the team ranked #1 in the Heartland Division.
For English Premier League fans out there, here’s an article from Fox Soccer on one man’s estimate of the best matches of the year.