Month: July 2013

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Ismael Serratos Named to Top XI at Nationals

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A very big congratulations is in order for Ismael Serratos. Ismael was named to the 2013 USYS National Championships Best 11 team. Ismael was a handful all week and scored 2 impressive goals in the final game. Ismael will be heading to Neosho County Community College this fall to continue his playing form.

A complete list of all the age groups Best 11 can be found here:

http://championships.usyouthsoccer.org/nationals/2013_national_championships_best_11/>2013 National Championships Best 11

Congratulations again to Ismael, all of the boys, parents, and coaches for the u18 team, and most importantly EVERYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SPRINGFIELD SC!! You all have had an impact on this great accomplishment. Now the door is open for the next group(s)!!

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Kitchen 5v5 Tournament Registration Deadline TODAY

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The 2nd Annual 5v5 Soccer Tournament to benefit The Kitchen Medical Clinic is now two weeks away. More importantly, the registration deadline is a week away. This event, created by a group of Springfield Catholic graduates, delivers 100% of the registration money to the non-profit clinic located on Commercial Street. Round up six friends and compete!

The Facebook Event

When: Friday August 2nd
Divisions:
Middle School (Rising 6th-8th grade)
High School (Rising freshmen –seniors)
Adult (18+)

Register your team by Friday July 26. Each team must pay a $50 registration fee. Registration Link

All proceeds benefit The Kitchen Medical Clinic. The Kitchen Clinic provides services with the support and cooperation of the professional health care community and the dedicated services of hundreds of volunteers. Services are provided through grants, cash donations, generous contributions of medical supplies, over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs.

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James Routledge Reaches U20 Super Y League Semifinals

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Paul Scheipeter, James Routledge, Ryan Merrifield, Nick Rizzo, Billy Donovan, Sam Fink

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship, presented by Nike, wrapped up at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida last weekend. Sixteen teams from across the country qualified, including St Louis Scott Gallagher who advanced by winning the Midwest Division. A blind draw was conducted and the 16 qualifying teams were drawn into four groups of four for the group stage.

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An alternative to the USL Professional Development League (PDL), which includes the Springfield Demize here in Springfield, James Routledge (2nd from left above) was a member of the squad. James is a red-shirt freshman who will don the Maroon of the Missouri State Bears this Fall, transferring from Marquette University. He’s a native of New Zealand, part of the pipeline Assistant Coach Mike Seabolt has with Upper Hutt FC, where junior Parker Maher is spending his Summer.

SCHEDULE/RESULTS
Thursday July 18 – WIN 3-2 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Junior Lone Star FC (TX)
Friday July 19 – WIN 2-1 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs IMG Academy (FL)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-7 – St. Louis Scott Gallagher vs Beachside SC (CT)
Saturday July 20 – LOSS 0-2 – SLSG vs Pacesetter SC SEMIFINALS
Sunday July 21 – Final won by Force FC (MI) over Pacesetter

The defending champion Chicago Fire lead Group D after finishing second to St. Louis Scott Gallagher in the Midwest’s Western Division, and they will be joined by Alamo SC from the Mid South Division. Force Football Club makes its first appearance from the Midwest’s Eastern Division, with fellow newcomer the Western United Pioneers completing the group.

Scott Gallagher, meanwhile, is in Group A, which also includes the host, IMG Academy, which won the Southeast Division to earn its berth at the championships. A pair of newcomers complete the group, with Mid Atlantic Division winners Junior Lone Star FC and North Atlantic East champions Beachside SC both making their first appearance at IMG Academy.

The 2013 Super-20 League Championship also serves as an important player identification event for the PDL, as well as for U.S. National Teams. PDL coaches will be in attendance to scout talent, along with USL National Technical Director Peter Mellor, a longtime USSF Staff Coach.

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Brandon Randall Named Head Coach for Parkview Vikings

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Brandon Randall with Summer Dean, Vincent Sabourin & Kyle Christenson

The Parkview Vikings will have a new Head Coach for the first time in over a decade with the recent hiring of Brandon Randall, most recently with the Osage Indians. Clint Nurnberg has a new job at OTC in the Middle College program that he’s already begun. While he has chosen to not continue his High School coaching career, he and his brother Cliff will continue to be involved via the Legends/Legacy FC club program.

Clint started in 2001 with the boys, coaching his first game before he even was in the classroom at Parkview where he taught journalism. The Girls began in Spring 2004 and went on to earn an Ozark Conference title in 2009 with a 9-0 record followed by the District title in 2010, still fresh in my mind as it was followed three days later by the Joplin tornado. I’ll have more on Clint early next week as I get a proper retrospective pulled together. Continue reading “Brandon Randall Named Head Coach for Parkview Vikings”

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US Men Face Costa Rica in Gold Cup Tuesday

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With the task of qualifying for the knockout stage complete, the U.S. Men’s National Team now looks to lock up the top spot in Group C when they face Costa Rica in the final match of the group phase. Kickoff at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., is set for 7 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and UniMas.

Costa Rica sits in second place, also with two wins but a lower goal differential. The United States needs only a draw to secure a first-place finish in the group, which would mean a match against the third-place team from either Group A or Group B in the quarterfinal. The second place team from Group C will meet the second place finisher from Group B.

The U.S. and Costa Rica are all square in the all-time series with a 12-12-6 overall in international play. Continue reading “US Men Face Costa Rica in Gold Cup Tuesday”