Month: June 2010

Parkview Vikings, April 2010

Shelby Stewart Named Female High School Athlete of the Year

Parkview Vikings, April 2010
Parkview Vikings, April 2010

Stewart has been named Female Prep Athlete of the Year by the News-Leader high school sports reporters. Shelby is #21 in this photo, with Melanie Allen, Holly Messick, Jessica Maerz & Kelsey Loderhose in the background, seen celebrating a late game-winner over Camdenton in April this year.

In addition to her skill, Stewart, a forward who will play soccer at Missouri State, also is known for her loyalty.

Upon entering high school, Stewart could have played four years of soccer had she chosen to attend Kickapoo, her neighborhood school. But Stewart decided to stay with her friends and go to Parkview, despite having to sit out a season because of a transfer rule. In doing so, Stewart chose a school with a less-established soccer program.

It wouldn’t be the last time Stewart, 18, would stay true to her friends when other options were out there.

Well done Shelby. I’m looking forward to covering your contributions to the Lady Bears for the next four years!

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World Cup Quarterfinals At Famer’s Gastropub in Downtown Springfield

David Villa by Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images
David Villa by Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images
We’ve reached the Quarterfinal stage and I barely know what to do with my time. Actually I do, a couple of patient clients are expecting to hear from me today! So we have a couple of days to be productive before getting an early start to the holiday weekend with some great games expected. Farmer’s Gastropub will be open for all four of the games so come downtown for good food and fine futbol.

Friday
9:00 am – Brazil vs. Netherlands (ESPN)
1:30 pm – Ghana vs. Uruguay (ESPN)

Saturday
9:00 am – Argentina vs. Germany (ABC)
1:30 pm – Spain vs. Paraguay (ABC)

I’d love to see the Dutch advance as well as Spain. Argentina is the favorite of Soccer America. Sports Illustrated seems to think that Spain again looks like its old self while the world wonder’s Is Maradona’s Madness Working?

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Moses And Newport Advance To Regional Semifinals

SLU Billikens Ian Newport, Ryan Moses, Devon Newport
Current SLU Billikens, Ryan Moses and Devon Newport, have advanced to the Semifinals at the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regionals. Their U19 team went undefeated in group play and are facing the KC Wizard Juniors today.

Video highlights for all Age Groups on US Youth Soccer website

Moses (Kickapoo Chiefs) and Newport (Glendale Falcons) both previously played for Springfield SC, earning State Championship titles at U16 and U17. Their new team is a result of recommendations by their college coach to allow for additional playing time with three of their Billiken teammates who are also part of the team.

UPDATE – the Gallagher boys fell to the KC Wizards 0-1 on a 28th minute goal scored by Ethan Bauer for the KC Wizard Juniors who advance to the Regional final where they will face the Columbus Crew Juniors Wednesday at 8am.escorts dubai incall

AC St Louis Face LA Galaxy Tonight In US Open Cup

Dale Schilly, AC St Louis debut (on left)
Dale Schilly, AC St Louis debut (on left)

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 29, 2010) – AC St. Louis of the U.S.S.F. Division II Pro League will face the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer tonight in a third-round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kick-of is set for 9:30 p.m. CT from The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Fans can follow the action on Match Commentary this evening at www.ac-stlouis.com and at lagalaxy.com.

AC St. Louis has advanced to tonight’s game by registering back-to-back 1-0 road wins over the Des Moines Menace and the NSC Minnesota Stars. Tonight will be the first game this season for the Galaxy in this competition. Major League Soccer teams enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third-round, just as English Premier League teams enter the FA Cup in the third round. Los Angeles has previously won the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2005. The Galaxy have an all-time record of 4-1 in third-round matches.

Tonight’s matchup is one of polar opposites in the standings of professional soccer in the United States. The Los Angeles Galaxy enter tonight’s game with the best record in Major League Soccer, 10-1-3, plus the Galaxy have allowed only four goals throughout their MLS season. Meanwhile, AC St. Louis is at the foot of the U.S.S.F. Division II table with a mark of 2-7-2. However, AC St. Louis has turned their slow start around by recording a 4-3-2 record in all competitions since May 1. Furthermore, St. Louis is unbeaten and un-scored upon in their last four outings.

Jeremy Alumbaugh with Dale Schilly, State Semifinals, Nov 2009
Jeremy Alumbaugh with Dale Schilly, State Semifinals, Nov 2009
On a related note, AC St Louis has a new head coach in Dale Schilly who is the man that lured Jeremy Alumbaugh to St Louis. Schilly previously has overseen the club formerly known as Metro United, now St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois, for the past 15 years. Schilly has 14 years of experience as a head coach with the Region II Olympic Development program, and has over 25 years of coaching experience at the youth and collegiate levels. This is his first head coaching role with a professional team.

“I was excited about the opportunity to work here in St. Louis, my hometown,” said Schilly. “I want to help develop the pro game in this area. It is something that this community has been starving for quite a while. I am looking forward to helping out.”

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For The Soccer Junkies

Watch Party at Farmer's Gastropub - USA vs Ghana
Watch Party at Farmer's Gastropub - USA vs Ghana
Time for a little retrospection. I am trying to be happy with the US results, knowing that two weeks ago I would be happy knowing our boys would reach the knockout round. I’m still trying to understand the two different teams we saw throughout this tournament as well though – whether dominating a strong physical side during the 2nd half of the Ghana match, or the clueless ineffectual side that gave up early goals. I’ve been a fan of Coach Bradley for many years, from 1998 when he took the Chicago Fire to the double in their first year of existence. I’ll leave the analysis of his work in this World Cup to others. Links below.

In the meantime, there were several things I loved.

Bill Griffiths, Farmer's Gastropub (on right)
Bill Griffiths, Farmer's Gastropub (on right)
Bill Griffiths and his staff at Farmer’s Gastropub for one. Finally a restaurant/pub that embraced the futbol community and offered us a fantastic environment for enjoying the game. He’ll continue this efforts throughout the tournament (there were 3 dozen here for England vs Germany this morning). Come out for a game or enjoy the wonderful menus they create from locally grown products. It really is a treat and the outdoor patio offers a nice, shaded environment in the evenings.

If you made it to Farmers, or didn’t but appreciate what Bill helped create, please consider visiting soon. Be certain to let him know that you how you feel. We owe him our support.

The community was wonderful. Every day the crowds grew larger as the word got out about the great environment Farmer’s Gastropub has fostered. For the folks who came out to share in that spirit, but were less savvy about the soccer, the opportunity to discover our game was great. A few comments culled from my Twitter feed during the event include:

* It feels like we are in a bigger city, or a different country, or both.
* Hosting a pretty kickass party @farmerspub if you aren’t here you are missing out!
* okay i’m watching it, too. and i’ll admit that soccer does a couple of things right: narrative tension and patriotic frenzy. #USA

About that patriotic frenzy, check out the National Anthem prior to the game

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwdrHUI2SZU]

OK, now a sampling of what’s available on the internet

Soccer America with How Ghana ended the Americans’ march

Yahoo Sports kicks in with USA: Great story, just a good team

Washington Post Soccer Insider offers Bob Bradley reflects on World Cup, U.S. future

And finally, with a look at the bigger picture is Sam Mellinger of the KC Star who looks at One Saturday in Kansas City shows where soccer stands in America

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