James Routledge Reaches U20 Super Y League Semifinals

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.

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.