Month: December 2008

Springfield Demize Continue PASL Winning Streak

Just got the update from the Demize on their first road game, and second game of the season, in the PASL indoor season.

The Demize Win Their First Road Trip of the Year 10-5

The Springfield Demize went on the road for their second game of the season on Saturday. They travelled to St. Louis to take on La Fuerza, another expansion team for the 2008-2009 PASL season. The two newest teams in the Midwest Division played a physical game from the outset. The Demize got out to a quick 4-0 lead in first quarter that was stretched to 7-2 at halftime thanks to Michael Gows’ second hat trick in as many games.

In the second half the Demize began to tire and made some mental mistakes that saw the lead shrink to 8-4 going into the final quarter. However, Kaleb Romeros 2 goals in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Demize 10-5 and secured a record of 2-0 in the young season.


The Springfield Demize will be retuning home Saturday January, 10. Game time is 7:00 PM at the Lake Country Soccer Dome. Visit for more information.

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Jack Jewsbury Called Into Men’s National Team Camp

I’ve been waiting for the announcement to be official, the buzz has been high since Jack returned to Springfield last week for the holiday’s. Our local boy reaches his next goal, breaking bread with the US Men’s National Team! Here are a few details and links to stories from US Soccer, the SLU Billikens and the KC Wizards respectively.

MLS: KC Wizards host DC UnitedCHICAGO (December 30, 2008) — U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley has named 25 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The group will prepare for the USA’s first match of 2009, a friendly against Sweden on Jan. 24 at The Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and Galavision beginning at 5:30 p.m. PT. Fans can also follow the game live via’s MatchTracker.

Brian Ching is the leading capwinner on the roster with 32 appearances. At the other end of the experience spectrum, there are 19 players on the roster with 10 caps or less, and nine will be in search of their first-ever appearance with the full team (including Jack).

ST. LOUIS – Former Billiken Jack Jewsbury (1999-2002) is one of 25 players named by U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley to the training camp roster that will begin workouts Jan. 4, 2009, at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Jewsbury has played the last six seasons with the Kansas City Wizards of Major League Soccer. Drafted 43rd overall in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft, he has increased his playing time each year. In 2008, Jewsbury notched three goals and recorded seven assists while starting all 29 matches for the Wizards. For his career, he has 12 goals and 15 assists to his credit.

An Academic All-American at SLU in 2002, Jewsbury is tied for 10th on SLU’s all-time scoring list with 101 points (38G, 25A). During his freshman season in 1999, he finished third on the club in scoring and was named a second-team All-Region selection. Jewsbury enjoyed a breakout season as a sophomore, claiming All-America honors and Conference USA Player of the Year distinction after leading the Billikens with 31 points (13G, 5A).

Jewsbury missed some time in 2001 due to injury but still garnered All-Region and All-Conference honors after registering seven goals and seven assists. In 2002, he was SLU’s second-leading scorer with 29 points (10G, 9A) en route to collecting C-USA first-team All-Conference honors.

Jewsbury will be reunited with current U.S. National Team assistant coach and SLU volunteer assistant coach Mike Sorber, who was the Billikens’ top assistant coach during Jewsbury’s junior and senior seasons. Sorber is in his second full season as assistant for the U.S. National Team after being named to the position in July 2007.

Congrats Jack! Our favorite attacking midfielder/right winger/right back/holding midfielder Jack Jewsbury is getting a look from Bob Bradley and the U.S. National Team. In all seriousness, Mr. Jewsbury had a great year for our boys in blue. After he moved to the central holding midfield role, we went 5-1-1 to close the regular season.

In all likelyhood, Jack will be battling with Ricardo Clark and Brian Carroll for holding midfield duties in the Sweden game. If he can put in a good showing, Jack could potentially become a more regular candidate for the National Team. Hopeful Mr. Bob Bradley likes what he sees! We Wizards faithful know Jack is capable.

Jack says:
“It’s quite an honor to be called in by your national team. As a player, you always strive to reach that level. I’m excited to show the coaches what I can do and represent the Kansas City Wizards well.”

Heck of a Christmas present for one of our local heroes. He’s been offering his personal perspective on training and developing the youth player at Lake Country Soccer this week, the final day is tomorrow. You might be able to get a photo or two and an autograph if you time your visit properly. And be certain to look for his weekly blog to return next week as he heads to California. He’s promised me one more report after taking the holidays off. I’m trying to convince him there is demand for him to continue his blogging effort during Camp although he’s obviously concerned about being focused on the reason for his visit. What do you think, would you like to hear from him personally? Leave a comment so he can get some feedback!

And add January 24th to your calendar. We’ll have a watch party at Coester’s that evening for the game against Sweden!!

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Let’s Look Back … KC Wizards 2008 Video

Be ready early, you may recall Jack Jewsbury set up the first goal of the season for the Wizards so it arrives in a timely fashion in this video.

Speaking of which, Jack’s in town this weekend and there are still some spaces available for the 3-day clinic he’s holding next Monday thru Wednesday at the Lake Country Soccer Dome December 29-31. Think about all the sweets the kids are going to have this week. You know you’re ready to give them a chance to work off some of the energy, and what better way then under the tutelage of a professional player! Did you catch him in his workout Monday at Lake Country?

Register on-line at Lake Country Soccer.

+ Boys 9-14 9:30a-11:00a
+ Girls 9-14 12:00p-1:30p

$150 registration fee: Includes a free PUMA soccer ball, a free PUMA Jack Jewsbury clinic t-shirt and an off-season fitness packet! Limited to 32 kids per session

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Missouri Youth Soccer Association Recognizes Springfield Members

2008 Missouri Youth Soccer Association has announced their People of the Year Awards:

Girls Recreational Coach of the Year – Mike Peebles
Boys Recreational Coach of the Year – Ron Cox
Girls Competitive Coach of the Year – Sarah Cavin
Boys Competitive Coach of the Year – Tom Dunsford
Volunteer of the Year – Nancy Wichmer
Young Female Referee of the Year – Emily Courtney
Young Male Referee of the Year – Brayden Hutfless
Toyota President’s Award – John Casey

Lake Country Soccer has photos of the four members (highlighted above) who have been selected in their respective areas as MYSA People of the Year for 2008. These recipients will be recognized and be presented their awards at the 2009 MYSA Annual General Meeting being held January 18 in St. Louis, in conjunction with the NSCAA Conference.women seeking couples