Category: Soccer Adventures

Tommy Tombridge Faces Leo Messi Tonight at 6pm

tommy tombridge northwesternTommy Tombridge, Northwestern 2013/Kickapoo 2009, will be in goal tonight representing “the rest of the world” in the live broadcast of Leo Messi and Friends from Soldier Field in Chicago.

Game time is 6:00 pm and it will be broadcast live on ESPN

Via the Chicago Business Journal – The list of international soccer stars who will play in the Messi & Friends vs. the Rest of the World soccer game at Soldier Field on July 6 has changed just days before the event and will also feature former Northwestern University soccer players, event organizers said. That includes former Chaminade/Northwestern player David Roth.

UPDATED – a more recent story provides the list of players (see below) which includes #1, Tommy Tombridge, goalkeeper!

The announcement comes after a Messi & Friends match scheduled for tonight in Los Angeles was canceled yesterday “due to irreconcilable issues with the local promoter.” The Chicago game, however, is being staged separately by Miami-based event company Numero 5 and is still scheduled to take place.

“I am happy that this upcoming event is coming together, and am glad I can be a part of it,” Lionel Messi said in a statement.

A press conference featuring Mr. Messi and other select players is scheduled for Friday night. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday at Soldier Field. It’s also scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN. Read more.

david-roth-tommy-tombridge-leo-messiAs his Head Coach at Northwestern, Tim Lenahan noted on Tommy’s Facebook profile – What makes this story great is that Tommy will probably playing in his last game as he just committed to becoming a Pilot and officer in the US Air Force which is a 10 year commitment. Great way to go out!

UPDATE – Tommy, in goal for Leo Messi’s side, was part of the ESPN Top Ten Saturday, earning the #1 spot, as his former teammate buried a bicycle.

I’ve got dozens of shots of Tommy through the years but this is the one I used to illustrate his College Recruitment story, from the Region II tournament semifinal in 2007 against the Michigan Wolves. Good luck as you pursue your next challenge Tommy, the Air Force made a good choice. There are almost 600 photos in a Flickr set of the two year run the boys had earning State titles.

Tommy Tombridge, Springfield SC
Tommy with save against MI Wolves, 2007 Region II semifinal

USA Beats Guatemala – Were You There?

I threw up a photo yesterday of me in the photography zone in front of the Cauldron for the USA vs Guatemala match, populated that day by the American Outlaws. I found @iamchrisbrewer repping with some friends in the stands (Chris works for KY3/KSPR Sports)

What about you, were you there? I’d love to share a photo of you and your friends who were in attendance at the game. Send them to and I’ll post them!


Harry Keough Memorial 4v4 Tournament in St Louis over Labor Day

harry-keough-memorial-4v4-tournamentThe Harry Keough Memorial 4v4 Tournament will take place at St. Louis University High School on Saturday, September 1, 2012.

Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 3 games. Registration fee is $100 per team.

You can download the tournament application here (.pdf).

Applications are due by August 20th. The tournament is a fund-raising event for

New Dimensions Soccer is an outreach program serving the St. Louis community. We began in 2005 with 4 teams playing 4 v 4 soccer, grew to 120 teams the following year, and continue to reach more children and bring “the beautiful game” into their lives.

We’re important on two counts:
multicultural, connecting with refugee, immigrant children and their families new to St. Louis from war-ravaged countries; and,
generative, helping to build life skills for the underserved, assimilate immigrants, and expose hometown children to cultural diversity.escorts women

Sarah Ogar

A Spanish Soccer Adventure For Missouri Girls

Sarah Ogar
Sarah Ogar
Nice story in the Mexico Missouri Ledger about recent graduate Sarah Ogar and the soccer adventure she participated in during July. Sarah was part of a group of 15 girls that were pulled together by Chris Miller, President of the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association as well as Head Coach of the Southern Boone County Eagles, last seen in the Class 1 Quarterfinals (Catholic won).

The ladies traveled via the International Soccer Travel Program, through Premier International Tours. The 12-day program – held June 29 through July 10 – included playing in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain and Nice, France.

The games were held in Copa Catalunya, Spain, and the temperatures there were as high as those in Missouri, Ogar said. She said in Spain they were saying it was the hottest summer they’ve had in a long time.
Ogar played MHS soccer for four years, and started playing for the YMCA when she was in the first grade. The 18-year-old also plays for the Carrera Soccer Team in Columbia, and plans to attend Westminster College in Fulton, and play there in the fall, as a forward.

“I love soccer. I love fighting for the ball, winning, and being a part of a team,” she said, while casting the prize-winning smile she has. So winning the first-place trophy, she said, was totally exhilarating.
“People from all over the world were cheering for us. Chanting USA with us. It was great, and a real honor to be there,” she said.

You can read the whole story here

Sarah will be playing for former Drury Panther player and coach, Jen Simeck Dyson at Westminster College in the Fall.

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Bailey Pesek and Taylor Stamper at Arrowhead Stadium

We Were Part Of The Record Soccer Crowd In Kansas City!

Bailey Pesek and Taylor Stamper at Arrowhead Stadium
Bailey Pesek and Taylor Stamper at Arrowhead Stadium
A pair of Nixa Lady Eagles were fortunate enough to attend the recent Manchester United game against the KC Wizards last Sunday. They share a picture of their visit and thoughts on the soccer adventure.

Bailey says: Having the opportunity to see Manchester United play in the United States doesn’t happen every day. When my father told me he had tickets to the match with the Wizards, I was soooo happy. It was exciting to actually watch the big names like Giggs, Berbatov, Scholes and to see how European clubs begin their warm-ups to their field positioning and how different they are from American soccer. I certainly learned some things. I hope to see more events like this no doubt !

Taylor says: I went to the Kansas City Wizards vs Manchester United soccer game with my family & friends and we had a great time! The new Arrowhead Stadium was awesome and this was the first event to be held in the new stadium, and there were over 52,000 people there for the game!! It was cool to see the players from Man U and I had a great time watching the game. This is the 2nd professional soccer game that I have went to and I hope I can go to more!!

The photo was taken on 7-25-2010 during the Manchester United vs KC Wizards match in KC at Arrowhead stadium. It is one of 4 matches of Manchester United’s North American tour. Manchester United is a Premier English football club from Manchester England. Bailey Pesek ( Missouri Elite FC ) on left and Taylor Stamper ( Springfield Soccer Club ) on right are both members of Nixa HS Soccer.

On a related note, at least one British paper is impressed with the soccer spirit they found in the Midwest. Check out Wizards left us spellbound in Kansas City in the Daily Mail.escort uae