Month: December 2012

2013 soccer resolutions

What Will You Achieve?

2013 soccer resolutionsSetting goals is an important part of growing, as an individual, employee or team-member. They must be concrete and measurable. It is also important to share it, as that brings others into your efforts so that they can help you and also help hold you accountable. If it’s something you truly want to achieve, it’s part of the process. Like any other effort, there can be unintended consequences, so be realistic.

The folks at Lifehacker offer 10 strategies for making your resolutions stick. #9 is – Get someone to hold you Accountable.

Here’s your chance. What is the one soccer related resolution you have for 2013? Share it here with us in the comments or tweet it using #SGFsoccer2013 as your hashtag.

disney showcase

Disney Soccer Showcase Finals on ESPN3 Sunday

disney showcase
Some quality Club soccer available on ESPN3 Sunday. The Disney Showcase is wrapping up for the boys today with only the Championship games remaining on Sunday.

7:00 AM CST – Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys Showcase Black Championship
2SV Sports International (Brazil) vs Concorde Fire Elite (GA)
The international visitor faces off against a USYSA National League squad that advanced on goal differential

9:15 AM CST – Disney Soccer Showcase U18/19 Boys USSF Developmental Academy Championship
Dallas Texans vs Concorde Fire (GA)

11:30 AM CST – Disney Soccer Showcase U17 Boys Showcase Red Championship
FC DALLAS YOUTH 96 PREMIER vs OBGC SOCCER RANGERS (MD)
A return to the final for OBGC who won the U16 title in 2011 over Concorde Fire.

US Opens Hexagonal Qualifying February 3rd

graham-zusi-US-MNTTime to book that half day of vacation now for the opening of Hexagonal qualifying on February 6th.

Via MLS Soccer – That’s when Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad open the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Honduras and on Wednesday the US Soccer Federation confirmed reports emerging from Central America that the match will kick off at 4 pm ET (3 pm local time).

The Honduras-USA meeting will mark the very first match of the CONCACAF Hex, with Panama-Costa Rica and Mexico-Jamaica taking place later at night on Feb. 6.

The Americans have fond memories of their last World Cup qualifier in Honduras, when they secured a 3-2 win to clinch a place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In fact, the USA are unbeaten away from home (3-0-1) in World Cup qualifiers against Honduras.

But this will arguably be the best Honduras side ever seen in CONCACAF qualifying, powered by several elements that ply their trade in MLS with potentially more arriving in the offseason transfer window. The Hondurans demolished Canada 8-1 in a do-or-die matched played at 2 pm local time in San Pedro Sula back in October.

Following the Feb. 6 opener, the USA will face a double FIFA fixture date with a home match against Costa Rica (March 22) which will lead into a daunting trip to the Azteca Stadium to take on Mexico (March 26).

Playing at 3pm in Honduras offers an advantage not unlike the US choice of cold weather games against our CONCACAF rivals whenever possible.

Looking for like-minded fans? American Outlaws Springfield enjoys the games at Ry-Macs.

Robbie Kristo, after scoring against FDU in NCAA 2nd round match. By SoccerSTL.net

SLU Billikens Offer College ID Camp in January

Robbie Kristo, after scoring against FDU in NCAA 2nd round match. By SoccerSTL.net
Robbie Kristo, after scoring against FDU in NCAA 2nd round match. By SoccerSTL.net

Hey Mom & Dad, need any Xmas ideas for your High School aged son?

Saint Louis head men’s soccer coach Mike McGinty and his staff have announced the dates for the Saint Louis Billiken ID Camp. The camp will run from Jan. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost for the camp is $225.

The Billiken ID Camp, open to boys high school aged and above, is designed to educate and prepare players for the college experience. Participants will work with SLU coaching staff and players to learn more about soccer and the recruiting process while getting the opportunity to play at legendary Hermann Stadium.

More specific information and registration forms for all camps may be found at the Saint Louis Soccer Academy’s website, http://www.saintlouissocceracademy.com.

Tim Walters, Lafayette and Terry Michler, CBC following CBC's Sectional win

MSHSSCA Hall of Fame Dinner – Register Now

Tim Walters, Lafayette and Terry Michler, CBC following CBC's Sectional win
Tim Walters, Lafayette and Terry Michler, CBC following CBC’s Sectional win
The Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) has announced its first class of Hall of Fame inductees. CBC coach and boys national high school soccer wins leader Terry Michler highlights the 2013 Inaugural MSHSSCA Hall of Fame Class.

Trinity’s Vince Drake has a Missouri record ten state titles and along with Oakville’s Dave Robben have each won over 1,000 high school games between boys and girls soccer careers, while DeSmet’s Greg Vitello has over 700 boys wins and five state championships. Villa won seven titles during a dominant Vianney run in the 1980’s and 90’s. Posthumous inductees Ebbie Dunn and Bob Horgan were prominent coaches in the St. Louis early days while building SLUH and CBC, respectively, into national powerhouses. St. Joe’s Academy’s Maureen McVey has long been a successful girls coach in the state and is on the National Federation Soccer Advisory Committee, while Howell North’s Vince Nowak, who retired two years ago, was a consistent winner and tireless worker and promoter of the game within the state and the NSCAA. Sacred Heart’s Rich Bahner gets in based on his long and successful career at the small school in “out-state” Missouri. Lee’s Summit North’s Tim Richardson also makes the cut for his work building elite teams on the Kansas City side.

The inductees, selected by the MSHSSCA Hall of Fame Committee (Mike Howard, Rolla – Chair) will be honored at the first MSHSSCA Boys Soccer Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction January 5, 2013 at the Cherry Hill Center in Columbia. Details and reservations for the luncheon can be found at: www.mosoccercoach.com. Final Registration date – December 23rd!!

The Inductees:

Terry Michler (CBC) – 870 wins Leads all high school coaches in the country. 7 titles in 42 years and was named National Coach of the Year in 2011.

Vince Drake (Trinity) – 730 boys wins, 308 girls, 44 years (11 titles)

Greg Vitello (DeSmet) – 735 wins, 40 years (5 titles)

Ebbie Dunn (SLUH) – 592 wins, 28 years, (2 titles) (deceased)

Bob Horgan (CBC/Affton)- 571 wins, 28 years (1 title) (deceased)

Maureen McVey (St. Joseph’s Academy) – 501 wins, 27 years (4 titles)

Dave Robben (Oakville) – 469 boys wins, 548 girls wins in 34 years (2 title)

Mike Villa (Vianney) – 668 wins, 7 state titles before moving to Triad (IL) H.S.

Vince Nowak (Francis Howell North)- 405 boys wins in 24 seasons

Rich Bahner (Sedalia Sacred Heart)- 359 wins in 26 seasons; 36 girls wins in 6 seasons. Here’s a story from the Sedalia News-Journal.

Tim Richardson (Lee’s Summit North)- 434 boys wins in 27 seasons and 291 in girls in 16 seasons, several final fours and two state girls championships.

• Note: Not all records are up-to-date after the 2012 season. Updated bios will be sent out to the media before the banquet.