Springfield Soccer Club (Springfield, MO) is the premier youth soccer club in Southwest Missouri. We have over 300 players across 25-35 teams. The club competes in leagues locally, across the state in KC and St Louis, the Midwest Regional League (MRL), and tournaments on a state and regional level and at National level where appropriate. Continue reading “Help Wanted: Director of Coaching and Youth Development”
The Club soccer environment has been a rapidly changing place the last few years. The biggest change was the introduction of the US Soccer Development Academy program which operated outside of the traditional US Youth Soccer Association model. Previously youth soccer meant State Cup and pursuit of the USYSA National Championship. That’s no longer the case. There are now three separate paths available, each featuring its own Championship structure.
The top tier is the Academy program, a 10-month (year round) program that is an invitation only opportunity. Within Missouri their are two programs, Sporting KC, associated with the MLS team, and St Louis Scott Gallagher.
Below that is the National Premier League, run by US Club Soccer. Finally, the lowest tier is the USYSA Championship series that includes the traditional State Cup.
Within the NPL are over a dozen regional leagues. Springfield SC is competing in the Midwest Developmental League, which includes U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 boys’ and girls’ age groups for the 2012-13 season, was founded in April 2011 as part of US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues (NPL). The Midwest Developmental League includes all of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs and the top clubs outside the Academy in the Midwest.
That last sentence is the key one, as the NPL is partnering with the Academy programs throughout the US to offer an alternative. In St Louis, the NPL offers an outlet for players who chose to play High School in the Fall but still want to play at a high level within their club so there are a number of boys that had been a part of the Academy teams at SLSG but now play NPL. For Springfield SC, it has replaced the Midwest Regional League which operates under the USYSA umbrella and has seen an exodus of programs to the NPL. In Illinois, the State organization has created a competitive league for teams to play in that want to travel. That has been a topic of conversation within the Missouri Youth Soccer Association and could be developed as a result of the AGM going on this weekend in Columbia.
The Spring season opened for the local squad last weekend with three games against the River City Rovers, a Louisville-based club. The results were good, a 1:0 win for the U15’s, a 4:0 win for the U16 squad and a 1:1 draw for the U18’s.
They’ll hope to continue that positive momentum this weekend against the two St Louis programs, Scott Gallagher Missouri and their counterparts in Collinsville, IL SLSG Metro which is Dallas Moses’ home now for Academy play and High School.
Consider getting out for a game, it should be the best boys soccer you’ll see in the area.
Weekend NPL Schedule
Gametime, Host, Visitor, Location
Sat Mar 2 11:30 am, Springfield SC U15, SLSG-Metro U15, Plaster Stadium
Sat Mar 2 1:30 pm, Springfield SC U18, SLSG-Metro U18, Plaster Stadium
Sat Mar 2 3:30 pm, Springfield SC U16, SLSG-Metro U16, Plaster Stadium
Sun Mar 3 8:00 am, Springfield SC U15, SLSG-Missouri U15, Plaster Stadium
Sun Mar 3 10:00 am, Springfield SC U16, SLSG-Missouri U16, Plaster Stadium
Sun Mar 3 12:00 pm, Springfield SC U18, SLSG-Missouri U18, Plaster Stadium
Two area players are joining the move to the United Kingdom to advance their game.
James Straus, Springfield Catholic’s goalkeeper, will sign paperwork on Tuesday according to Irish Reports. Robert Neathery, from Nixa, signed earlier this month with the Academy program based in Leeds, England. The two players are teammates at Springfield SC where they won the U16 Missouri State championship in 2011.
Straus, who won two Missouri High School state championships with Springfield Catholic, was named the Class 1 Goalkeeper of the year along with 1st Team All-State recognition.
Catholic goalkeeper James Straus will sign with Richmond International Academic Soccer Academy, Leeds, England Tues. 3:45 in SCHS library.
— Dante Rebori (@Irishreports) January 24, 2013
Neathery, who earned 2nd Team All-State honors in Class 3 (one of five area players) was also named Co-Offensive Player of the Year for the Southwest Region while establishing new Career Scoring marks for the Eagles.
A program begun in 2010 in Leeds, England has now recruited 7 players from this region (list below). As noted on the RIASA website, “the program is great for students who are looking to play year round. This is something the NCAA soccer does not allow, which leaves the players with a gap in their development opportunities. RIASA fulfills this gap”.
Naki Wells, a RIASA alum, plays for Bradford City, the Div 2 side that just made history by making it to the Capitol One Cup Final to face Swansee at Wembley – this is the old Carling Cup. They got to the Final by beating Wigin, Arsenal, Aston Villa
1. Joe Curti – from Carthage, 92 Missouri ODP State Team and Springfield SC coached by Jeremy Alumbaugh
2. Doug Stevenson – from Kansas City, 92 Missouri ODP State Team and Regional Team from Kansas City, played for KCFC and KC Wizards coached by Gareth Hughes
3. Jackson Patillo – from Willard, on 93 Missouri ODP State Team and Springfield SC coached by Jeremy Alumbaugh
4. Reid Harbach – from Springfield Catholic, 94 Missouri ODP State Team and Regional Pool Team, Springfield SC coached by Carl Rose
5. Austin Hart – from Springfield Glendale, on 94 Missouri State ODP team and a Regional Pool team Player and a Springfield SC coached by Carl Rose
6. Drake Trease – from Nixa, on 93 Missouri ODP State Pool Team, played for Springfield SC coached by Carl Rose
In addition to our local boys, Taylor Ries (95 Illinois ODP State Team and Regional ODP Pool Team) from Quincy HS (IL) will sign his letter of intent to RIASA on Feb. 7.
A nice story on the Springfield SC connection can be found on the RIASA website from October 2012.
The Logan-Rogersville Wildcats, who compete in the Central Ozark Conference (Small Schools) and Class 2, are a relatively new program in the Ozarks, in only their fifth season. They reached the District Final last year for the first time, falling 0-1 to traditional power Bolivar. They enter this year’s tournament seeded second in the new District 11 lineup, behind #1 seed Willard. They’ll open with a game against COC foe Republic on October 29th at 6:00 pm.
Leading the team offensively is sophomore Tucker Brown, pictured above in last years District Final. Tucker has 30 goals and is on track to break the Season goals record of 33 this year as well as the assist record. He scored 19 goals last year in just 20 games due to injury.
The career goals record at Logan-Rogersville was 20 in 2010, the teams third season, by Brendon Williams. The following year Curt McHenry broke that record with a Season Record high of 33 goals. The career goals mark was reset at 43 with McHenry’s breakout season. Tucker broke that Career goals record during the NCA game earlier this month when he scored his 25th goal of the season, giving him 44 in only two years. He’ll increase that total this season and the coming two years.
Last year he was awarded 2nd Team All-Conference in the COC which is a great honor, with the State Champion Springfield Catholic squad dominating the list. As a freshman. He plays Club soccer for Springfield SC and is also an ODP player.
Per his Coach, Brett Wubbena, Tucker is a great kid and a very good student. Wubbena also notes that in his opinion he is one of the best players in southwest Missouri. He’s one to watch as post-season play opens this weekend and in the coming two years.
Coaches are invited to contact me regarding featuring players on their squad.
The 2012/13 Fall Missouri State Cup begins this week with Play-in games going on throughout the State. The Play-in games will complete brackets that then lead to Pool Play which will be held October 13th – 14th, 2012 at the Lou Fusz SC and St. Louis Scott Gallagher fields in Creve Coeur, MO (St. Louis). These are a combination of turf and grass fields.
Play-In Games (If Needed): October 3-8, 2012
Pool Play: October 13-14, 2012
Semis/Finals: November 10-11, 2012
See all of the brackets and schedules
U15 Girls – Bracket A includes CSC Pride 97/98 Blue and Midwest Alliance, who are in the play-in group and will need to win this Saturday to advance to Pool play. These two teams are the only representatives from Southwest/Central Missouri in this age group. One team will reach the semifinals.
Midwest Alliance, coached by Jeffrey Reinold (Play-In Game #4)
Saturday October 6, 12:00 PM – MIDWEST ALLIANCE 97/98 vs J. B. MARINE GARABEDIAN at Cosmo Park #2
U16 Girls – SPRINGFIELD SC 96/97 is drawn with #2 Lou Fusz Wipke and SLSG Red, ranked 19 in the State (SSC is #10).
SPRINGFIELD SC 96/97 (MO)
Saturday October 13, 10:00 AM – SPRINGFIELD SC 96/97 vs SLSG RED 96/97
U17 Girls – MISSOURI ELITE FC 95/96, who missed advancing to semifinal play on goal-differential last Summer, have a play-in game this Saturday to advance to Pool play. They would be grouped with SPRINGFIELD SC 95/96 I in Bracket C if they advance. In addition, CSC PRIDE 95/96 is part of Bracket B. The top team is FUTURA FC SPORTING BLUE VALLEY SUPERSPORT 95-96 who lost to SSC in group play last June but advanced to Region II by winning MRL. SLSG Premier Green are the defending Champions.
MISSOURI ELITE FC 95/96
Saturday October 6, 10:00 AM – SLSG PREMIER GREEN 95/96 vs MISSOURI ELITE FC 95/96 at St. Dominic HS S
SPRINGFIELD SC 95/96 I is ranked #4
Saturday October 13, 10:00 AM – SPRINGFIELD SC 95/96 I vs SLSG PREMIER RED 95/96 at Lou Fusz #5
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