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Dallas Moses Headed to Loyola-Chicago

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In his father’s words – After a lot of looking, thinking, discussing, contemplating and gnashing of teeth, Dallas has decided to commit to play soccer at Loyola University in Chicago.

He’ll “Green Shirt” meaning he’ll graduate high school early and begin Loyola in January 2014. This was a LOT harder decision than he thought it would be! Proud Papa moment!

I’ll have more in a couple of weeks when I cover Dalla in the SLSG Academy derby game between his Metro IL squad and the Missouri boys. Final game of the season.

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Nicole Ortega Chooses Club Soccer

Nicole Ortega, SLSG Missouri soccerFor those who may have missed it, St Louis Scott Gallagher SC (SLSG) recently announced that they would have a High School girls team playing year round beginning with this Spring season. Covered in-depth by SoccerSTL.net, the roster of 13 players includes one prominent Springfield player.

Nicole Ortega, named to the All-Ozark squad last year as a sophomore, joined the SLSG ECNL squad last Fall. She has chosen not to return the the Springfield Catholic squad this year in order to play year round Club soccer. She follows Dallas Moses of the Catholic boys team in making that decision. Dallas moved to Collinsville, IL last August and attended Collinsville HS while playing for the SLSG Metro Academy program. Both programs are the highest level of play available for the girls and boys, respectively.

I reached out to Nicole to discuss her decision. Here are her answers:

Are you dual-rostering with Springfield SC or will you concentrate on SLSG only?
As much as I would like to play SSC, next season, I will concentrate only on SLSG. It was too much on my body to try and play both, and at this point I need to be pushed by the competitiveness of ECNL.

What were the key reasons leading to your decision to drive to STL to compete with SLSG?
Playing in the SEC has been my dream for as long as I can remember. I knew that playing on an ECNL team would give me the exposure I would need in order to reach my goal. I have improved so much this year playing with SLSG and I know I will continue to be pushed to get ready for college.

When did you begin thinking about Club Soccer as a full time effort?
After last years high school season ended, Steve Pecher (Director of Girls Soccer at SLSG) told me that SLSG would probably have a team in the Spring. It was then that I decided to take the opportunity to play club full time. High school soccer is great, but I need to continue to play at the highest level I can to prepare myself for college.

What advice did Dallas offer in the decision-making process, having made the step first?
Dallas and I had talked about it a lot. He told me that if I wanted to reach my goal of playing in the SEC, I would need to get the exposure a club like SLSG gets.

What were the most difficult parts of the decision to give up high school?
Honestly, the decision was not overly complicated. There are things that I will miss about high school. I will miss playing in the home games and playing for Ben Timson. However, it was pretty clear to me that I need to continue to play ECNL. After playing with SLSG and seeing the level of play at a D1 program, I know I need to be playing at the highest level possible so that I can develop into the player I want to be for college.

What were the most important reasons?
I am really excited to play this Spring because I will have the opportunity to play against some colleges. I know I will really be pushed this Spring and it will help me prepare for college.

note – The full schedule, available at the link above, includes games against five D2 programs based in St Louis and Quincy.

What are your personal goals?
I would love to continue playing after college. Right now though, my goal is to continue to improve and develop into the best player I can be for SLSG and eventually Arkansas.

note – Nicole has made a verbal commitment to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks when she graduates in 2014. The full roster, with college commitments of her teammates, is available on SoccerSTL.net

What has been the biggest change moving to SLSG ECNL?
The speed of play is so much faster and everyone plays at a higher level. It took me a few games to reach that level, but SLSG has really pushed me and made me work harder.

The Catholic squad, which is coming off of a 3rd place finish at State last year, should return yet again as the regional representative but will face some extremely strong opponents from the St Louis area in their pursuit of a Class 1 title. I’ll have more on the Fighting Irish later.

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Are you taking good advantage of YouTube? As an active Google user I’m in the process of throwing off the shackles of the closed Apple environment. I even gave my niece who attends College of the Ozarks my iPad2 while picking up a Google Nexus 7 which I love. If you want to know more, send me a message.

YouTube is part of that environment and the first thing I would suggest is to establish an account. That’s best accomplished by signing up for a Google gmail address in my opinion, even if all you do is use it to maintain Google services and some of your other identities on the internet. When you visit YouTube you are invited to Sign in to add channels to your homepage

There have been two new and important soccer announcement’s related to YouTube channels this week, with the Spanish Primara Division establishing a YouTube channel and now Gillette announcing a dedicated YouTube soccer channel.

The Spanish Primera Division said that agreement includes the Primera Division, Segunda Division and the Copa del Rey from the second round, but not including the final. Spanish football fans will be able to access content including match highlights, goals, player and coach interviews and press conferences via the www.youtube.com/laliga channel. The Gillette Football Club will bring together HD quality video from YouTube partners which cover top leagues like Spain’s Primera Division, and Italy’s Serie A; over 50 different clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain; and news from sports content providers such as ESPN.

Closer to home, Sporting Kansas City now brands their Sporting KC TV Network which is a YouTube channel. By subscribing to the channel, I receive an email (daily or anytime a new video is available) so I’m certain not to miss something interesting. Here’s the latest, a discussion of the new 10 month Academy program for High School boys, the program that lured Dallas Moses to Collinsville, IL to advance his development.

By the way, here’s my YouTube channel, with almost 500 videos and over 200,000 views in the six years I’ve been broadcasting highlights and interviews of soccer in Missouri. Subscribe now to stay up-to-date!

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Landon Donovan On High School versus Academy

dallas-moses-springfield-sc-2011Dallas Moses (pictured) is leaving Springfield to play for Jeremy Alumbaugh again on the St Louis Scott Gallagher Metro Academy team. For the uninitiated, in February the U.S. Soccer Development Academy announced it is moving to a 10-month season starting with the 2012-13 season.

Dallas will likely attend Collinsville High School but will not be eligible to play for their soccer team as High School Associations do not allow players to participate in a Club sport simultaneously. The Development Academy does not want that either. The Academy objective is to more closely mimic soccer development worldwide, providing kids more training, while managing their schedules so that the ratio of games to training is 1:5 (play one day, train 5) and increasing the meaningfulness of the games. The season then culminates in the National playoffs which are underway in Houston this week. Missouri is represented by the St Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U15/16 team, one of eight teams from 73 Academy programs to reach the Finals.

Top Drawer Soccer just interviewed Brandi Chastain and Landon Donovan regarding the changes:

While Donovan was not quite as outspoken about the new rule, he did reflect positively on his brief time at Redlands East Valley High School.

“Those couple of years were some of the best memories of my life,” Donovan told TopDrawerSoccer.com. “I remember the bus rides when you get on the bus after school and had somewhere to play a game. It was just fun.

“There is such a hierarchy because when you are a freshman, you are just watching the seniors and soaking it in. And I do miss that. I wish I had gotten to the point where I could have been a senior and paved the way for the younger guys.”

While Donovan reminisces about the missed opportunity, he does believe that USSF is taking the right step with the Academy.

Donovan was a member of the inaugural Residency Development program that included DeMarcus Beasley, Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Bobby Convey (Sporting KC) and Oguchi Onyewu (Rangers).

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Springfield Catholic Capture First State Title

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First year coach Tom Guinn didn’t know what to expect when he took the job as head coach of the boys soccer team at Springfield Catholic. He had never even seen them play. Guinn knew about the team’s recent success but he was told the Irish had lost quite a few seniors and he would have his work cut out for him.

“Going into it I knew the expectations were going to be high,” Guinn said. I knew people were expecting us to win but I didn’t know what kind of talent we were going to have. I would say within the first week or so I knew that this team was going to be good.”

Guinn’s gut feeling turned out to be a little off, the Springfield Catholic boys soccer team was a lot better than good. On Sunday, they capped an undefeated 29-0-1 season with a Class 1 State Championship by beating Pembroke Hill (KC) 1-0 in Blue Springs.

The state title was the first by a boys’ soccer team in Southwest Missouri and it was a long time coming for the Irish. Though this is only the fifth year of the boys’ soccer program at Springfield Catholic, the team has seen its share of heartbreak. After finishing third in 2008, the Irish were beaten in the state championship game the next two seasons.

Senior midfielder Luke Straus started in every Irish state tournament game. He said it was a huge relief for the team to finally break through this season.

“My freshman year was the first time we ever went to state so honestly I was pretty happy with third and just going to state,” Straus said. “The last two years have been pretty painful because we knew we were the better team.”

Last season, the Irish entered the state championship game as heavy favorites against a Whitfield team they had beaten 3-0 in the regular season only to be shutout 1-0. Things had an eerie feel as the Irish stepped onto the pitch Sunday against a Pembroke Hill team they had dominated in October.

“It was déjà vu all over again for us this year because we played Pembroke Hill in the regular season and beat them 3-0 and then we see them in the finals and we have a chance to exorcise our demons,” Guinn said. “I told the guys to realize that this isn’t a regular season game this is a state title game, it’s completely different and they need to come out and get things done.”

During the regular season, there were only three games that the Irish did not win by at least three goals (the tie came against Ft. Zumwalt West in the Gateway City Classic) but, like coach Guinn said, everything is different in the state title game.

Pembroke Hill hung right with the Irish, but in the end the better team found a way as junior forward Mitch Moncada’s header landed in the back of the net and the Irish were finally state champs.

To make sure that sure that they did not wear down at the end of the year, the Irish made conditioning a big part of their training. Senior defender Reid Harbach said that the team’s goal was to out-work everybody else.

“We like to keep a high level of practice all the time,” Harbach said. “We work hard during sprints and everything to make sure we’re more fit than the other teams because it makes a huge difference in the end.”

Coach Guinn said that a combination of great leadership from his five seniors and the team’s strong work ethic were what put the Irish over the top. He said that from the first day of practice, the Irish were fiercely intent on winning the title and going undefeated and being the first Springfield area team to do so were just icing on the cake.

“I think it does mean a lot now that we’ve done it,” Guinn said. “It does mean a lot to the Springfield community. It puts Springfield soccer on the map.”

Next season, coach Guinn and everyone else should have a pretty good idea of what the Springfield Catholic team is capable of. Now that they’ve gotten over the hump, good luck getting them back down.

This story was written by Harrison Keegan who previously covered Sporting KC on this website. He is a Missouri State student who covers sports for the Missouri State Standard and has also worked for TAGSGF.com.

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