Month: October 2012


Missouri Soccer District Finals – Wednesday Edition

UPDATED Happy Halloween folks. Nothing scary here, just some quality futbol. Get out and enjoy a game this evening and support the beautiful game. And bring candy!

Class 2 District 11 Final at Republic
#1 Willard wins 3-1 over #2 Logan-Rogersville, winning for the third time this season against the Wildcats. Turner Brown scored for L-R in the second half to make it 1-1 for a short while.

The winner will face either Carthage (most likely) or Neosho in the Sectional on Tuesday. Carthage and Neosho play Thursday. Carthage is ranked #9 in the latest State Poll.

Class 2 District 10 Final at Rolla
#1 Rolla wins 3-2 over #2 Helias

Rolla advances to a Sectional match against St Francis Borgia Tuesday. Borgia is ranked 5th, right behind #4 Rolla in the latest State Poll.

Class 3 District 9 Final at Blue Springs South
#1 Rock Bridge wins 3-1 over #3 Blue Springs South

Rock Bridge opened the season ranked #6 in the state but slowly fell lower in the polls until disappearing completely in the most recent poll. The winner of this match will face either Jeff City (most likely) or Camdenton who play Thursday.

Like Joplin, Jeff City earned votes in the most recent poll but its Kickapoo who are considered most likely to advance to the Final 4 from Southwest/Central Missouri.

Kickapoo will travel to Joplin on Friday to determine a District Champion. They will face the winner of Glendale vs Nixa, being played Thursday.

MLS Playoffs Open Tonight on ESPN2

The Houston Dynamo will play the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in the 2012 Eastern Conference Knockout Round playoff game. The game will be played Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT. It can be seen nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

The winner of Wednesday’s Knockout Round game will advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals, and will face Sporting Kansas City in a two-leg playoff series. The first game will be Sunday afternoon, and will be broadcast live on NBC (not NBC Sports but Channel 5).

The Dynamo went 0-1-2 against the Chicago Fire in their three meetings this season. The clubs drew 1-1 on April 15 at Chicago and 0-0 on July 3 in Houston. The Fire defeated the Dynamo, 3-1, on Sept. 2 at Toyota Park.

What: LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver
When: Thursday, November 1, 9:30 pm

The LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan emphatically eased any concerns about his health by going the distance in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders FC in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at The Home Depot Center.

Donovan, who hadn’t seen any game action since a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Oct. 6, went the full 90 minutes in the regular season finale and pronounced himself good to go for Thursday’s Knockout Round match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The winner will face San Jose on Sunday in an evening game that will be broadcast live on ESPN.


Missouri High School Soccer District Playoffs – Tuesday

rich-heenan-crocker-lions-soccerUPDATED WITH SCORES and STORY LINKS – One significant upset on Monday, as #2 seed Crocker defended their District title against #1 seed Osage in Class 1 District 9. A case of an unstoppable force – Robbie Mueller, Missouri career scoring leader with 69 goals this season – meeting an immovable object – Rich Heenan, Missouri Career Saves leader, set this season. Story on Rich coming later this morning. He’s pictured here in a game against Parkview as a sophomore.

All games tonight are semifinals. The late games (other than at Joplin) should be interesting and could go either way.

Class 3 District 12 at Joplin
#1 Joplin wins 7-0 over #4 Parkview
Joplin Globe – Joplin blanks Parkview

#2 Kickapoo wins 11-1 over #3 Central

The District Final between Joplin and Kickapoo will be played Friday November 2 at 6:00 pm

via Joplin Globe – Joplin opens bid for District Title

Class 3 District 10 at Jefferson City
#1 Jeff City wins 8-0 over #4 Lebanon
#2 Camdenton wins 1-0 over #3 Waynesville

The Final between Jeff City and Camdenton is Thursday November 1 at 6:00 pm

Class 1 District 12 at Cassville
#1 Monett wins 9-1 over Aurora
#2 College Heights lost 2-3 to #3 Cassville in the 2nd OT. The Wildcats rallied back from being down 0-2

District Final is Thursday November 1 at 5:00 pm

Class 2 District 12 at Carl Junction
#1 Carthage wins 8-1 over #4 Webb City
#2 Neosho wins 2-1 over #3 Carl Junction

The District title game between Carthage and Neosho is Thursday at 6:00 pm

Joplin Globe – Neosho nips Carl Junction


Tom Sermanni Named US WNT Coach

tom-sermani-uswntU.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced today the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the seventh head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history.

Sermanni, 58, comes to U.S. Soccer with 11 years of experience as a head coach in international women’s soccer – all with Australia – a period during which he led the Matildas in three Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Sermanni will officially begin his tenure as the WNT head coach on Jan. 1, 2013. U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis, who was on the bench for the USA’s two recent draws with Germany, will coach the team for the last five matches of the Fan Tribute Tour. Read more.


MIAA Soccer Tournament Opens for MSSU and SBU


The opening round pairings have been announced for the MIAA Women’s Soccer Championships to be played on campus sites. Central Missouri who won the regular season championship on Saturday night enters the weekend at the tournaments top seed. All first round games will be played on Oct. 30 at the site of the higher seeded team.

As the top seed they will host an opening round match-up with #8 Southwest Baptist at 7 p.m. from Warrensburg, Mo. The Bearcats (7-9-2, 4-6-2 MIAA) played a tough game against Central Missouri on September 28, losing the contest 2-1. Read more

Central Oklahoma earned the #2 seed in the tournament and will host #7 Missouri Southern at 3 p.m. from Edmond, Okla. The Central Oklahoma Bronchos (14-1-3, 9-0-3 MIAA) defeated the Lions (5-9-3, 5-5-2 MIAA) 1-0 in a hard fought game in Edmond, Okla. on Sept. 14. Read more

#3 Truman will play host to #6 Fort Hays State at 2 p.m. in Kirksville, Mo. #4 Northeastern State will face #5 Northwest Missouri at 7 p.m. from Tahlequah, Okla.

Following the first round games the semi-finals and championship will be held at the home field of the highest remaining seed on Nov. 2 & 4 at times which are to be determined.