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).
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
Includes the SLSG Metro and SLSG MO teams that are competing. Full reports can be found at SoccerSTL.net
Saturday – U18’s opened with a 1-0 win over the Rockford Raptors, the Great Lakes South qualifier who came in with an 8-0-1 record. Goal was scored by…
Sunday – face Michigan Wolves at 9:00 am. Wolves beat the Bavarian’s 3-2 to advance.
Saturday – U16’s fell 1-3 to the Sockers FC.
Sunday – face Michigan Wolves at 9:00 am. Wolves lost 1-2 to River City.
Midwest Development League
Age Group, Date, Time, Opponent, SLSG, Result
U18, June 29, 9:00 am, Rockford Raptors FC, Springfield SC, 1-0 Win
U18, June 29, 9:00 am, Madison 56ers, SLSG Missouri, 1-0 Win
U16, June 29, 11:00 am, Sockers FC, Springfield SC, 1-3 Loss
U15, June 29, 1:00 pm, Chicago Magic PSG, SLSG Metro, 2-3 Loss
U15, June 29, 1:00 pm, Michigan Wolves Hawks, SLSG Missouri, 2-0 Win
U14, June 29, 3:00 pm, Chicago Magic PSG, SLSG Missouri, 2-3 Loss
U14, June 29, 3:00 pm, Internationals, SLSG Metro, 3-0 Win
U13, June 29, 5:00 pm, Chicago Magic PSG, SLSG Metro, 3-2 Win
U13, June 29, 5:00 pm, Raiders FC Premier, SLSG Missouri, 2-4 Loss
U16, June 30, 9:00 am, Michigan Wolves, Springfield SC,
U18, June 30, 9:00 am, Michigan Wolves, Springfield SC,
U18, June 30, 9:00 am, River City Rovers, SLSG Missouri,
U13, June 30, 11:00 am, Michigan Wolves, SLSG Missouri,
U15, June 30, 11:00 am, Vardar, SLSG Metro,
U13, June 30, 1:00 pm, MN Thunder, SLSG Metro
U14, June 30, 1:00 pm, Chicago Fire, SLSG Missouri,
U15, June 30, 1:00 pm, Chicago Fire, SLSG Missouri,
U14, June 30, 3:00 pm, Sporting KC, SLSG Metro,
For some background on the National Premier League, here is an interview I did with Chris Baer, League GM after last years Midwest Development League Playoffs.