We are one-fourth of the way through the Major League Soccer season and our intrepid writer Kevin Smith tore himself away from the ultrasounds (38 weeks, yikes!) to give us an update on who’s representing Missouri in MLS. Who is your favorite?
Game information this weekend included so players are listed in the order of the games. If you are unfamiliar with a player, check out our individual pages on each player for their background. If you have something you’d like to see added, use the Contact Page or leave a comment. This is an abreviated version of the complete story that can be found on SoccerSTL.net.
Portland vs. New England, Thursday May 2 at 9:30 pm CT on Univision Desportes
Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers
Jewsbury has been the steady veteran for the Portland Timbers backline. He has started in six matches at left back for the team which has been getting results on the road and if that keeps up could end up being a major contender for a title by season’s end. Portland has one of the best home-field advantages in the league but the difference in 2013 has been points in all of their road games during this early part of the season. Portland’s most recent result, a 3-2 win on the road in Kansas City, gained attention from observers in the league and Jewsbury was instrumental in preserving the lead with his play on the backline. If the Timbers continue to get results on the road look for Jewsbury’s veteran experience to key the run.
BTW, if you haven’t read about how the Timbers made Atticus’ Dream Come True, grab some tissues and make some time to watch this wonderful story.
Luis Soffner, New England Revolution (via Indiana, SLUH and SLSG)
Soffner has yet to make his MLS debut in the net for New England but he also hasn’t be relegated to the squads full-time reserve unit either. Head coach Jay Heaps has kept Soffner with the main club during trainings as he is on record as saying he prefers having three keepers with the first unit. This is a good sign for Soffner once New England gets into U.S. Open Cup play in late May. Of course any back-up goalie knows they are an injury (or two) away from being called into action at any moment as well.
Saturday May 4th, Columbus vs. New York at 3 pm CT on NBC Sports
Brandon Barklage, New York Red Bulls (via SLU and CBC)
Saturday May 4th, Colorado vs. Toronto 8 pm CT on Direct Kick/MLS Live
Matt Pickens, Colorado Rapids (via Missouri State and Washington MO)
Saturday May 4th, Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver 8 pm CT on Direct Kick/MLS Live
Tom Heinemann, Vancouver Whitecaps (via Rockhurst and )
Cole Grossman, Real Salt Lake (via Duke and SLUH)
Chris Schuler, Real Salt Lake (via Creighton, AC St Louis and father is in Springfield)
Sunday May 5, Sporting KC vs. Chivas USA 4 pm CT on UniMas (formerly Univision)
A rematch of the 2012 MLS Cup Sunday May 5th, 10 p.m. – LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo on ESPN2
Tommy Meyer, LA Galaxy (via Indiana, SLUH and US Residency Program)
Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo (via Indiana, DeSmet and SLSG)
Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo (via SLU and Chaminade)