The Springfield Soccer Club 92/93 I (U15) Boys team recently qualified for the Midwest Regional League (MRL) 1st Division Playoffs June 14-15, 2008 to be held at the Hallmark Convention and Sports Complex in Lowell, IN. The team finished with a record of 4-2-1, in 3rd place behind the Madison (WI) 56ers and KC Wizards Juniors.
The Midwest Regional League is the highest level of league play offered in the Midwest Region. Consisting of teams from the fourteen state associations that make up Region II, the MRL gives teams a quality league where each game is of a state cup level. The MRL is comprised of the Premier Division (U17, U18 Springfield S.C. teams compete in this level) where teams can compete for a wildcard entry into the Region II Championships June 20-25, 2008 held in Rockford, IL. Teams from the 1st Division compete for the opportunity to earn promotion to the Premier Division for the 2009 season through the MRL Playoffs.
“This is the third year in a row that the Springfield Soccer Club has had a team represented at the 1st Division Playoffs. This is quite a statement from our teams, to go and play against the best competition in the Midwest Region and do well. The attitude of these teams is that if you play in the MRL 1st Division you are expected to qualify for the MRL Playoffs and earn your way to the Premier Division.” said Jeremy Alumbaugh Director of Soccer Operations for the Springfield Soccer Club.
Teams in the Southwest Division of the MRL 1st Division consisted of; Blue Valley Stars SC (KS), Kansas City Wizards Juniors (KS), Madison 56ers (WI), Mequon SC (WI), Heartland SC (IA), St. Paul Blackhawks (MN), and Elm Grove Academy (WI). “The players and parents of this team have shown a high level of commitment to play in this league. There were some long weekends in Illinois and Wisconsin, but in the end the perseverance and training habits of this group have paid off. Everyone associated with the club is proud of this team.” said Alumbaugh.
Contact the Springfield Soccer Club Office at 417-832-1552 for more information.
Editors Note: The Midwest Regional Games I have seen over the past three years have only been exceeded by the Region II Tournament I attended last June in Des Moines (a facility that is probably under water right now). The competitive pressure is significant but that is what builds teams, as this article in the Globe Mail about current European Champions host Austria notes. I’ll provide updates as they arrive. Good luck boys, Represent!