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Glavin, Hanlon & Toniase To Work USL Men’s Showcase

Tony Glavin, St Louis Lions
Tony Glavin, St Louis Lions
TAMPA, FL – United Soccer Leagues announced the six coaches participating at the 2010 USL Men’s Showcase being held in Charleston, SC at Blackbaud Stadium February 4-6. Managing the professional prospects will be Premier Development League coaches Paul Baber, Dave Dixon, Tony Glavin, Chris Hanlon, Mark Spooner and Armen Toniase.

“We are thrilled to have these six coaches actively involved in presenting the talented players at the USL Men’s Showcase,” said PDL Director of Operations Lee Cohen. “As PDL coaches, they will have a good working knowledge of many of the players’ best abilities and will be able to provide insight into how to present themselves on the field as well as accentuate their best attributes during the event. As USL PDL coaches, they spend every day working on creating an environment that will help develop players and send them to the next level, and the USL Men’s Showcase is an extension of those efforts.”

Returning from last year’s USL Men’s Showcase as coaches are Tony Glavin of the St Louis Lions and the Springfield Demize duo of Chris Hanlon and Armen Toniase.

“This year’s mix of coaches will be great for the event,” added Cohen. “Having three coaches familiar with the event will help everyone in their preparations, while having three fresh faces will provide new philosophies and ideas.”

There are 90 players included in the USL Showcase invitees, 10 of whom have played in the Heartland Conference for either Des Moines, Kansas City or St Louis. ecort service

Des Moines Menace Claim Heartland Conference Crown

Demize LogoWith a 3-2 win at Kansas City last night, the Des Moines Menace claimed 1st place for themselves in the Heartland Conference. The game-winner was scored by Ben Taylor (Drury) on an assist from Garrett Webb. Taylor is now the leading the scorer for the Menace with 13 points.

The win ensured that the Menace would take sole possession of first regardless of the result here in Springfield, where the Demize were hosting the Colorado Real Foxes, the other potential contender. The Demize wrapped up their season with a 0-2 loss to the visitors. Colorado travel to Kansas City in hopes of finishing third now, ahead of the St Louis Lions who travel to Des Moines for the regular season final game. If the Foxes win, they claim second and Thunder Bay finish third. A tie at KC will ensure the 3rd place spot, behind the Chill. St Louis needs to defeat Des Moines, while Colorado loses to KC, to have a chance to go through.

This is the second division crown in the Menace’s 16 seasons. Des Moines makes its ninth postseason appearance, preparing to host the division’s second- and third-place teams, who will face off at Valley Stadium on July 24. The winner of that opening-round match will play the Menace the following night. That includes the 2nd place Thunder Bay Chill and either the Foxes or Lions.

The Demize finish their season with 7 points from 16 games, a record of 2 – 13 – 1, with 10 goals scored and 43 allowed.

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Springfield Demize Host PDL Champions Tuesday

Demize LogoThe Springfield Demize host the defending PDL champion Thunder Bay Chill on Tuesday night with a start time of 7:30 pm. It will be the only game these two teams play against each other this season.

The Thunder Bay Chill suffered a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Lions Sunday night in the first game of a four game road trip. Steven Beattie got the goal late in the game, a 25 yard rocket (the same guy who got the only goal in the last Demize home game).

The Demize have made some recent roster adjustments due to injuries. Andrew Bordellon (Drury University), Stuart Stapleton (Belmont University), and Ryan Trudgian (OCU) have seen their PDL season come to an early end. Roster additions include 3 members from the 2008 squad, including defender Daniel Knop (Memphis University), midfielder Patrick Gritz (W. Illinois) and defender/forward Eishun ’Ace’ Yoshida (ICC). Details are available on the Demize website.

The Demize have one home game remaining, on Friday July 17th when the Colorado Foxes make their first ever visit to Springfield. It will also be the final game of the season for the Demize. They visit the KC Brass July 9 and Des Moines Menace July 11th as well.body to body massage

PDL Soccer: Springfield Demize Release Schedule

United Soccer Leagues announced the details for the 2009 USL Premier Development League season. The PDL will consist of 68 teams in 2009, playing in eight divisions that comprise the four conferences.

Expansion teams that have been formally announced and include a new member of the Heartland Conference, the Rochester (MN) Thunder. The league will play a 16-game season with games based primarily upon their divisional alignment. The season will open May 13th for the Demize and conclude July 17th.

Heartland Division: Des Moines Menace, Kansas City Brass, Real Colorado Foxes, Rochester Thunder, Springfield Demize, St Louis Lions, Thunder Bay Chill

Wednesday May 13 – Des Moines Menace @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Friday May 15 – St. Louis Lions @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Wednesday May 20 – Springfield Demize @ Kansas City Brass, 8:00 PM
Friday May 22 – Springfield Demize @ Real Colorado Foxes, 8:30 PM
Sunday May 24 – Springfield Demize @ Real Colorado Foxes, 3:00 PM
Saturday June 6 – Kansas City Brass @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday June 11 – Kansas City Brass @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Saturday June 13 – Rochester Thunder @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday June 18 – St. Louis Lions @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Saturday June 20 – Springfield Demize @ St. Louis Lions, 6:00 PM
Friday June 26 – Springfield Demize @ Rochester Thunder, 8:00 PM
Saturday June 27 – Springfield Demize @ Des Moines Menace, 8:30 PM
Tuesday June 30 – Thunder Bay Chill @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM
Thursday July 9 – Springfield Demize @ Kansas City Brass, 8:00 PM
Saturday July 11 – Springfield Demize @ Des Moines Menace, 8:30 PM
Friday July 17 – Real Colorado Foxes @ Springfield Demize, 8:30 PM

The Demize will have a schedule heavily weighted to home games early, with 6 of the 8 home games being played between May 13 – Jun 18. The new line up also means they’ll play the KC Brass 4 times, while holding home-and-away series with everyone in the Division except the PDL Finalist’s Thunder Bay. They’ll only face the Chill once, at home, which was a 0-1 loss last year.

The season wraps up July 19 with the playoffs beginning the following weekend with the return of the Divisional Championship playoffs (July 24-26) for the first time since 1998 with each division seeing three teams advance to the postseason. hot massage girl

Springfield Demize Season Wrap

PDL Soccer: Springfield Demize host Colorado Rapids U23OK, how many of you attended a Demize game this season? And if you didn’t, what kept you away this summer?

The Demize had a difficult season, as measured by their 0-16 result. There were 8 goals scored, 48 surrendered. Tough numbers to reflect on but only part of the story of the team and the season. On the other hand, fans also got to see the PDL Champion Thunder Bay Chill twice this season in Springfield. The first game was a narrow 1-2 loss on June 14th and the second an 0-3 loss on July 2nd. 6 times the Demize were beaten by a single goal, out of a total of 16 games. This is a tough Conference, with the 2005 Champion Des Moines Menace, Colorado Rapids U23’s and St Louis Lions setting a very high level of play.

After 4 years of tracking PDL soccer, both here and throughout the region, I’ve come to appreciate how difficult PDL soccer is for the teams and participants. Once again this year, only two of the six teams in the Conference had winning road records (Chill and Rapids) and only one had a positive goal differential on the road (Chill). The Demize scored 6 of their 8 goals at home while surrendering 19. The games were hard fought battles against familiar opponents who also turnover 50% or more of their team year-to-year due to the nature of the league. Important facts but mere background in the bigger picture.

I’ve commented in the past about how much I enjoy the PDL season and this year was no different. It offers some of the highest quality play we can see in the region and a chance to see the continuing development of players we are familiar with in many cases. I talked to Armen Tonianse, Head Coach and Sam Blair, who handles the Reserves, about their experience this year as well as their plans going forward. The first topic of discussion was competition and here is what Armen offered:

The key this year was our effort to bring in committed players. That offered two immediate benefits, the first a higher level of competition with 25 or more players regularly practicing and working to earn playing time. The other thing we accomplished was offering our Reserve players the development opportunities that come from working and playing in a competitive environment like this.

The competitive environment described by Armen and Sam is something I have come to appreciate as an important aspect of any teams development. The most successful teams in my experience are practicing at game speed and building a team environment that supports that effort and competitive spirit. The Demize have also taken the time to explore the successful programs in the region. Thunder Bay’s win this year follows a 2-11-3 season only two years ago. One key for them has been consistency on the roster. Toniase addressed that topic as well:

A key commitment the team made from the beginning is the Reserve team. The Demize see the team as the future of the primary squad and there were several young men who benefited from that opportunity this year.

Sam Blair expanded on the topic:

The Demize made a commitment to the development of the Reserves this year with a couple of key steps. We took them on two road trips, including a trip to Colorado for our games against the Rapids U23. In addition, we see several of them as the future of this team, players like Robbie Curtis and Kyler Temple who begin their college career this Fall, and Lane Chapman who is a senior at Kickapoo. Our hope is that their experiences and growth with the Demize will lead to their continued participation in the future and the overall growth of the team.

I mentioned the 2005 Champion Menace earlier. They are a club and a team that set the bar when it comes to developing ties in the community and club programs in the region. Attendance regularly exceeds 2000 and Mediacom broadcasts several games live every season. Toniase described the model:

The key is building the pyramid. The PDL team is at the top, featuring the highest level of amateur play in the region. We want to offer players in this region an outlet to continue playing at the highest level, that is the key. It also requires increasing the depth and breadth of play locally, with the Reserves, the Club program Total Soccer is offering in Springfield and Logan-Rogersville and on-going play during the year.

I saw a lot of growth from the team as the season progressed, both on the pitch and in the area of sportsmanship. I hope that more of you will take the time to come out and support the players and the team in 2009. Look for more on the Demize and Total SC in the days to come.

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