The culminating event of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) season each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where the NPL national champions will be crowned. The NPL Champions Cup will feature qualifiers from all 17 Leagues across the country in a true â€œchampions leagueâ€ competition. The tournament this year is July 18 â€“ 22, 2013 and will be hosted at Aurora Sports Park near Denver, CO.
There are 24 teams that compete in the Midwest Development League (MDL) that opened their qualifying tournament today (Saturday June 29). The Gateway Division of the MDL includes Springfield SC as well as St Louis Scott Gallagher Metro, St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, River City Rovers (Louisville), Sporting BV, Sporting KC and TSC Hurricane (Tulsa). As the largest Division, the Top 2 finishers advanced to the playoffs this year. In addition, two wildcard teams from the League are added based upon Points per Game. That brings eight teams in age groups U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 boysâ€™ to Chicago this weekend.
Springfield SC had a pair of teams qualify. The Springfield SC U18 team that just won the Region II title qualified as a wildcard as did the U16 Boys team.
SLSG Missouri captured two MDL titles in 2012, as the U-16’s defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 and the U-17/18’s won 2-1 over the Chicago Fire as well. The U16’s went on to win the National Title with a 1-0 win over Massapequa SC (NY).
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