Thursday, September 26, 2013

Three SLSG Illinois Players Represent Southern Illinois at US Club ID2 Camp in New Jersey

On September 26th, 3 SLSG Illinois Players will represent our region as US Club ID2 kicks off its' fall 2013 programming with the first of two National camps to be held in the remainder of the 2013 calendar year.  The camp, which will be held in Zarepheth, New Jersey from September 26th through September 29th, will consist of 50 top players from across the entire United States in the 2000 and 2001 birth years.  Players are selected through a scouting network which consists of US Soccer National Staff and US Club Scouts which identify players through participation with their individual clubs.

Bryce Glisson
Bryce Glisson (Edwardsville) and Easton Jaromin (Milstadt) are both 2000's who play a year up on the SLSG Illinois '99 Pre-Academy team which competes in the Midwest Developmental League (MDL).  The MDL is a 26 team conference of the US Club National Premier Leagues, consisting of nearly all the US Development Academy clubs in the Midwest and stretches from Louisville to Minneapolis and Kansas City to Detroit.  Both Glisson and Jaromin are Developmental Players with the SLSG Metro '99 US Development Academy where Glisson recently appeared in the teams 3-0 defeat of Crew Soccer Academy Wolves out of Detroit on September 21st. 

Easton Jaromin

According to 99 Pre-Academy coach, Blake Decker, "Bryce and Easton are both talented attacking players with creative minds and solid technical foundations.  More importantly, Easton and Bryce are tremendous examples of what hard work, appropriate responses to disappointment and time to develop in a challenging environment can offer.  Easton played on a second team until he was a U12, but through hard work and hours of time spent on the ball, he is now one of the most technically gifted players we have in the program at his age.  Just last fall, Bryce was struggling to even get selected to rosters for the MDL.  He put in an unbelievable amount of time over the last year and through his hard work at training and a huge commitment to working on his own, he is know competing successfully with and against players 18 months his senior.  There is no substitute for a persevering mentality, sacrifice and the willingness to put in the time needed to get what you want.  Both these guys are wonderful examples of players who walk the walk." 

Joey Maher 
Joining Glisson and Jaromin in New Jersey will be SLSG Illinois U12 Pre-Academy player, Joey Maher who was born in 2001.  Maher who hails from Caseyville is in his second year with the club and plays as a centerback and central midfield player for the U12 Pre-Academy.  According the Director of Coaching and U12 PA coach, Jeremy Alumbaugh, "We are very excited for this opportunity for Joey.  He is the type of player that competes the same in a training session or a match- always going all out to improve.  He's worked hard for this opportunity and all of us wish him the best."  

US Club ID2 was created to help develop an initial screening process for US Youth National Teams which start at U14.  Selected players are responsible for getting themselves to the camp location, however, once on site, all other costs from that point forward are covered by US Club.  Players then compete in a youth national team type setting for 4 days in front of some of the nations top coaches as well as Youth National Team scouts.  In addition to the camp in New Jersey, US Club will hold another camp in Casa Grande, Arizona in December at the Residential Facility of MLS Youth Academy, Real Salt Lake. 

SLSG Illinois would like to congratulate Bryce, Easton and Joey on earning this wonderful opportunity and wish them the best of luck this week.   

For more information regarding the US Club ID2 program, visit  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

SLSG Juniors-Illinois Announces Fall Programming

JOIN US!!! The Fall is upon the Southern Illinois Soccer scene and we are inviting you to our SLSG Juniors ~ Illinois Fall Fridays! Fall soccer will be at our SLSG Collinsville Soccer Complex under the lights on our new Turf field. Don’t wait to register – Registration is now fully functional on the Juniors Website Registration tab/link. Players will train under the guidance of SLSG Metro Juniors Director, Chris Cesa, and our SLSG Illinois Professional Coaching Staff to foster extensive, progressive soccer training, individual development, proven core curriculum, and loads of laughs!

Fall 2013 Highlights:
·         Every Friday:
o   Sep 27th
o   Oct 4th
o   Oct 11th
o   Oct 18th
o   Oct 25th
o   Nov 1st
·         40min Training / 20min Small Sided-Games
·         Dynamic Warm up
·         Core Curriculum
·         Technical Development
·         Skill Moves & Goofy Positions
·         Fundamental Development
·         Youth Fitness and Conditioning
·         Speed and Agility Training

Visit our Website for registration: Please let me know if you have any questions ~

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Seth Rudolph signs professional contract in Europe.

SLSG Illinois is pleased to announce that Seth Rudolph of Belleville, Illinois has signed his first professional contract with Swedish club Sandviken IF.  As a youth player, Rudolph played for SLSG Metro in the first two seasons of the US Development Academy and was a member of the Central Conference Starting XI in 2009 after scoring 19 goals in his final season with the SLSG Metro US Development Academy.  Rudolph went on to play collegiately at George Washington University in Washington DC.   While at GW, Rudolph scored 29 career goals making him the 7th all-time goal scorer for the Colonel’s and co-Captained the team his senior year. 

According to SLSG Illinois’ Blake Decker who coached Rudolph both at Metro and Belleville West High School, “Seth signing a professional contract should come as no surprise to anyone who has worked with him or seen him work.  He has had a professional mentality as long as I’ve known him.  In high school, when other guys were out with friends or sleeping in on weekends, Seth was out training, often by himself.  This did not change as he progressed into college and he was a common fixture at the Collinsville Complex during the summers while in college whether training with the 18 Academy, playing with the U19s, training with the U20’s as well as often training by himself.  For any young player who says they want to be a professional, Seth is the prime example of what type of commitment it really takes to make it.” 

Rudolph joins a long line of former Metro United players who have joined the professional ranks, but is the first player from the SLSG Metro era to sign a professional contract.  SLSG Illinois Program Director, Dale Schilly, commented, “While we have produced a number of professional players in era prior to the US Development Academy, Seth is our first former Academy player to sign a professional contract.  Given that he is from our second Academy class, there will certainly be more to follow.  The entire SLSG Illinois would like to congratulate Seth and wish him a long and successful professional career.”
Seth Rudolph in 2008 

Always eager to help the club for which he played as a youth, Rudolph took some time out of his training in Sweden to answer questions for our current SLSG Illinois youth players:

1) When did you know you wanted to play soccer professionally?

Ever since I was a young kid I've always wanted to play professionally. As many kids do, I looked up to professional athletes and always dreamed of being one. 

2) What sacrifices did you have to make to become a professional?

I sacrificed a lot of time, energy, and social life to make my dream happen. I spent countless hours running, training, and traveling for soccer. Also, I would skip seeing friends to train or go to bed early because of having a match the next day. Soccer involves a lot of travel to games and tournaments, which usually take place on the weekends, so that would prevent me from seeing my friends.

3) How are you adjusting to living in a different country?

I have been just going with the flow of my teammates. The club and my teammates are very helpful. It's a small town, so there isn't many distractions. It's been a pretty smooth transition.

4) When trying to find your first professional club, did anybody tell you “no”?  If so, how did you deal with that?

I did a tryout in Virginia that I did not perform very well in. I didn't play to my abilities, so the coach advised me that maybe I was not ready or good enough for the level. Personally, I enjoy when people say I can't or tell me “no” because it gives me motivation when I need that little push, or I don't feel like getting off the couch. 

5) How did you end up in Sweden with Sandviken IF?

I had spoke with Andy Stadler who I played with at GW about how he had gotten his trial in Sweden.  Stadler also plays at Sandviken.  A few months after we spoke, he asked if I would wanted to do a trial at Sandviken IF so I sent over some film for their staff to review.  A few weeks later, I got a call on a Wednesday that said pack your bags, we would like you to start a trial in Sweden on Sunday. 

6) What is your most memorable or lasting experience from your time at SLSG Metro?

My most memorable moment was playing against the U17 US National Team during the first year of the development academy. There was a large crowd because the game took place during the KSHE 3v3 tournament. My favorite moment of that game was when I scored to tie the game.

7) What advice can you give a young player who wants to play professionally?

I would advise a young player to work hard. Many people do not realize how much work you need to put in. The best players are gifted, but they also work the hardest behind the scenes. Also, don't give up. There are many people that may not like how you play or think that you're not good enough. I have had countless people say no or doubt my abilities, but I turned it into that extra sprint or the extra finishing after training.

Sandviken IF will resume play in the Swedish Football League next weekend after a 3 week mid-season break.  Rudolph looks to join the squad for matches soon after their return to action. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Pearson Named to NPL Champions Cup Starting XI

SLSG Illinois' Clayton Pearson has been named to the Starting XI for the NPL Champions Cup.  The list of comprised of players from 6 different age groups ranging from U13-U18.  Pearson's inclusion to the list caps of a banner year in which he lead the '98 Pre-Academy with 19 goals.  Seven of those goals came during the post-season and helped the team win SLSG Illinois' second national title in 3 years.  
After sitting the first match of the NPL Champions Cup in Denver, Colorado due to illness, Pearson, who hails from Edwardsville, did not take long to find the back of the net finishing a second half equalizer from a Kuzain Wan Kamal service to pull SLSG even at 1-1 with Weston (Miami, FL).  Pearson and Wan Kamal would combine again for the game winning goal over the Colorado Rush with just 12 minutes remaining in their final group game where a win was needed to secure advancement to the semi-finals.  
"The relationship between Clayton and Kuzain was a key to our success this spring and throughout our national championship run," said head coach Blake Decker.  "They compliment each others qualities extremely well.  Clayton has the ability to play as a strong target and he has great feet and great ideas.  This marriage of strength, technique and insight allows him to hold the ball up as well as play in combination which provides space for Kuzain to find the ball in between the oppositions lines.  Kuzain's ability on the dribble, quickness on the turn and insightful passing provides spaces for Clayton to find the ball in behind the oppositions back four where he is clinically with his finishing."  
Efficiency, according to Pearson, was the main factor in his ability to lead the team in scoring during the spring and in the post-season. "I felt that I took my chances much better as the spring progressed. I got great service all year from Riley (Patterson) and Hunter (Mudd) on the outside and Kuzain central.  I always just tried to put myself in places near the box where I thought my teammates could get me the ball.  In Denver, I don't know, as the weekend went on I just felt like if I was going to get 2 or 3 good chances in a game then I was going to score at least one of them.  I was not doing anything different than normal, I was just fortunate to get into good spots and when my teammates got me the ball, I did my best to make the most of it."
Pearson certainly made the most of it in the championship rounds where he continued his scoring run into the semi-finals giving SLSG the lead by converting a penalty he earned after being taking down in the box.  In double overtime, Pearson would provide the service for the game winning goal scored by Hunter Mudd.  Pearson's efficiency in the National Championship match was no different as he gave SLSG the lead 8 minutes into the game after getting on the end of a Patterson cross and notched the insurance goal on a 3-1 victory after being slipped in by Ryan Stites with 5 minutes remaining in the national final.
According to SLSG Illinois Program Director, Dale Schilly, "The club wishes a huge congratulations to Clayton and his family for this tremendous honor.  This distinction is certainly well-deserved and one which did not come easy.  Quite to the contrary, it came with an enormous amount of work and sacrifice.  Clayton choose not to play for his high school in the fall of 2012 in order to play with the '98 Pre-Academy as he wanted to ensure that he was in the best possible soccer environment in order to achieve his goals as a player.  This is not an easy decision for a 14 year old to make, as anyone who has ever been 14 years old knows how heavily the social factors can weigh.  With that said, the impact of the decision Clayton made last August to raise his level of commitment to becoming the best player he can coupled with the tremendous amount of work he's put in since was evident in his play this spring and has certainly been rewarded with this honor."  
In the fall of 2013, Pearson will join the SLSG Metro 16 US Development Academy team which competes in the Mid-America Division of the Central Conference where he will look to continue his scoring ways when the team opens its' season versus the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on September 7th.  
All told, Pearson played in four matches at the NPL Champions Cup, scored in each of the 4 for a total of 5 goals during the event.  Of those goals, he notched 1 game winning goal, 1 equalizer and 2 goals in the national championship final. Pearson also played provider turning in 2 assists on the weekend.  
Efficiency is definitely an accurate description.  
_______________________NPL Champions Cup Starting XI__________________________
AURORA, Colo. – Some of the best players in club soccer were in Colorado for the NPL Champions Cup. Some went home earlier than others, but all left a lasting impression.
Here are the 11 best performers in the Boys’ division:
F: Jalil Blalock, U15, PDA 1997 – Blalock scored eight goals in the tournament as he constantly and creatively beat defenders to the net. He also had the best celebration when he did a backflip after scoring the game-winner over Albertson SC 1997 in the semifinals.
F: Dantae Greer, U14 New York Red Bulls (N.Y.) - Greer was the most talented player in U14. He was a man among boys in speed, size and strength.
SLSG Illinois' Clayton Pearson in National Final vs FC Dallas 
GK: Sean Caulfield, U16, West Florida Flames 96 (Fla.) – Caulfield made a highlight reel of saves to get the Florida West Flames to the title game. His teammates said over and over again they wouldn’t have had anywhere near the success at the tournament without the superb play of Caulfield.
M: Benson Sakala, U16, Chicago Magic PSG (Illi.) – Sakala had a game-winner, a two-goal game and a goal where he slid kicked the ball from under the goalie’s feet into the net. If anything, he was one of the most exciting players to watch.
M/F: Adam Eaton, U16 CZ Elite (Calif.) – Eaton scored the game-tying goal in the 74th minute of the finals before CZ Elite went on to win 3-2 to raise the cup. The day before, Eaton scored two goals in the semifinals proving the big stage is where he wants to be.
M/F: Josh Burnett, U13, PDA 1999 (N.J.) – Burnett consistently put PDA on his back to get them to the finals. And once it got there, he scored the only goal in the win over FC Dallas Pre-Academy to raise the cup.
GK: Hunter Pinho, U13 PDA 1999 (N.J.) – Pinho recorded back-to-back shutouts to end the tournament on top with a first-place trophy in hand. He played much bigger than his 5-foot-8 stature.
M: James Murphy, U15 PDA 1997 (N.J.) – The freshman is already being hassled by Division I colleges. He proved why with his pin-point touch and laser shots.
M/F: Clayton Pearson, U14 St. Louis Scott Gallagher (Illi.)– Pearson scored three goals in the final two games to help St. Louis raise the U14 Boys’ trophy.
GK: Scott Forbes, U15 PDA 1997 (N.J.) – Forbes made the only save in penalty kicks during PDA’s 2-1 win over the Chicago Magic. He allowed one goal and tallied three shutouts in his four starts.
Juan Ramirez, U16 CZ Elite (Calif.) – Ramirez always made the saves when he needed to the most. For instance, he made one clutch save after another late in the finals as CZ Elite rallied for the 3-2 win over the West Florida Flames.

Friday, July 26, 2013

SLSG Metro Claims 2nd National Championship Title in 3 Years

Wednesday, July 24th
Collinsville, Illinois

Wild card they said, National Championship Title they never said, but that is exactly what the SLSG Illinois 14 Pre-Academy team attained on Monday, July 22nd.  Making the most of their late entry as a wild card into the US Club National Premier League Champions Cup in Denver, Colorado this past week, the team faced opponents from Washington, Florida, Colorado, New York and Texas on their run to secure a second National Championship title for the Collinsville, Illinois based division of St. Louis Scott Gallagher. 

After losing 4 players to illness the night before the Regional Championship match on July 1st, a late penalty and 2-3 loss to the Michigan Wolves of Detroit seemed to signal the end of a very promising season for the group of boys who hail from communities in the Metro East like Collinsville, Edwardsville, Alton, Belleville and Waterloo as well as communities across Southern and Central Illinois like Carbondale, Marshall and Anna-Jonesboro.  A last minute wild card berth, however, signaled a reprieve and the team set out to the task of making the most of their second chance. 

According the coach, Blake Decker, “It is difficult to put into words the emotional highs and lows surrounding our defeat in the Regional Championship match and then the subsequent awarding of a wild card berth.  We trained 120 times over 10 months preparing for Regional’s and when it ended the way it did, it was heart breaking; however, I think that experience provided the players with an unique perspective that contributed significantly to the teams’ eventual National Championship title.   Unlike all the other teams at the event, the guys knew exactly what it felt like for the season to be over because we experienced it.  They set their minds and hearts to ensuring we made the most of our second chance together.”

And that is exactly what they did in Colorado.  After a 4-0 opening over Wenatchee (WA) the team fought to comeback from an early deficit to drew 1-1 versus Weston (Miami, FL).  Sitting on 4 points from 2 matches, the team entered its’ third and final group match needing a victory to secure advancement to the Championship rounds.  The challenge was significant as they would face off against Colorado State and Mountain Developmental League Champions, Rush Colorado.  The 3rd match in three days at altitude against a local team, however, did not faze the group of Southern Illinois players.  After going down 0-1 in the first 12 minutes, the team rallied with a goal before half time. The game winner came with just 8 minutes remaining in the match after Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal (Carbondale) picked up the ball in midfield made an individual run and then slipped in an overlapping Clayton Pearson (Edwardsville) who bent the ball around the onrushing goal keeper.  With that goal and the final whistle, the team became the 3rd SLSG Illinois team to advance out of the group stages in a national championship tournament in three years.

According to attacking midfielder player Wan Kamal Wan Kuzain, “That comeback was a key moment for us.  We have always been a very tight group, we enjoy being with each other on and off the field, but the ability to come from behind on the third day after conceding the lead early to a local team who was not affected by the altitude made us believe that together we had a chance to beat anybody.” 

 SLSG Illinois would need that sense of collective belief in the semi-final where they faced their most difficult opponent thus far in the form of fully funded MLS Youth Academy, New York Red Bull (NYRB).  Coming into the event, NYRB was heavily favored to win the title.  The team comprised of players from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania had compiled an unmatched record of 34-1-1 in the North East Pre-Academy League and outscored opponents 13-1 in the group stages of the event. 

Said Decker of the Red Bulls, “We recognized the immense quality of our opponent and knew that we would have to remain extremely organized and disciplined defensively against such an athletic and talented opponent if we were to have a chance.  It was one of the most committed and hardest working performances I’ve ever seen against one of the most talented teams I’ve ever seen.  The boys defended for long periods of the game, but never lost their nerve and when we were able create chances on the break, they took them.” 

After a scoreless first half, SLSG Illinois shocked NYRB in the 4 minute of the second half when Clayton Pearson was taken down in the penalty box and buried the subsequent penalty in the back of the net. 

SLSG Illinois would hold the lead until just 7 minutes before the end of regulation when a corner kick scrum ended with a Dantae Greer finish through a crowd of players.   The score would remain tied as the two teams entered two 10 minute overtime periods.  Just as it looked as though the matter would have to be settled via penalties, Hunter Mudd (Edwardsville) picked up a ball in midfield after a sliding tackle on the NYRB left back, passed it to Clayton Pearson who beat a defender and served the ball into the box. After a deflection by the goalkeeper the ball fell to Hunter Mudd’s feet and he applied the final touch to secure the victory at the death.

On the significance of his goal, Hunter Mudd explained, “Even if I was not there Riley (Patterson) was right there with me and he would have gotten it if I did not.  I think that shows how committed we all were to each other.  They had so much of the ball, but even after defending hard for nearly all of the 90 minutes, we had three players in the box to Red Bulls one. We wanted it so badly.”  

This sentiment was shared by New Red Bull striker and goal scorer Dante Greer who told a Top Drawer Soccer Reporter after the match, ““It was a war. They put us through a war out there.”

A 3-1 victory for FC Dallas over Weston in the other semi-final meant that SLSG Illinois would again face a fully funded MLS Youth Program in the National Championship match.   It would not take SLSG Illinois long to find the lead as Clayton Pearson once again found the back on the net from a Riley Patterson cross in the 8th minute of the match.  Minutes later SLSG Illinois had a chance to go up by two, but the chance was put just over the cross bar.  FC Dallas responded with a just 30 seconds remaining in the first half to go even just before the break. 

On giving up the equalizer, Decker explained, “That was a difficult time to give up a goal.  The momentum going into half is ours if we keep them at zero.  We acknowledged it was a disappointment but reiterated the message we had followed all weekend: it’s not what happens, but what you do when it happens.  We gave up the goal, that was done; what was important now was how we responded.”

The desired response came 7 minutes after the start of the break.  After a long punt by goalkeeper Gage Steiner (Alton), Riley Patterson challenged for the ball with the FC Dallas center back and the ball popped free for striker Ben Huels (Waterloo) who beat the final defender and then the goalkeeper to score.  The FC Dallas response was extremely strong pushing SLSG Illinois back into their own half for much of the next 15 minutes; however, with just over 5 minutes remaining in the match attacking midfielder Ryan Stites (Waterloo) picked up a ball about 25 yards from goal, ran inside with it and found Clayton Pearson running in behind the FC Dallas back line.  Pearson notched his 5th goal of the tournament and sealed a National Title for SLSG Illinois. 

The impact of a National Title will not be short-lived nor will it be exclusive to those who participated in Denver this past week according to Director of Coaching, Jeremy Alumbaugh, “The achievement of a U14 NPL National Championship is a great one for not only this team but the younger teams coming up through the club.  For our younger players, being able to look across a practice field and see players that just won a National Title by knocking off two MLS Youth Teams is a tremendous motivator and will inspire them to strive for similar heights.”

The National Title won in Colorado is the second in 3 years for SLSG Illinois and marks the 3rd consecutive year an SLSG Illinois team has appeared in a national championship final.  In 2011, SLSG Illinois defeated Olimpica FC (CA) to claim the clubs first US Club National Championship in Boise, Idaho and, in 2012, SLSG Illinois was a National Finalist losing to Manchester United Academy (CA) 2-4 in double overtime at the US Club National Championships in Waukegan, Illinois. 

On the significance of the National Championship to the Southern Illinois soccer community, 20-year Program Director, Dale Schilly commented, “The U14's have achieved the most difficult of National Championships and what an incredible reward it is for a group of players who have invested so much of themselves. They’ve sacrificed weeknights and weekends over the past 11 months training in stifling heat, torrential rains and snowstorms for the slim chance that this moment would arrive and when it did they represented themselves, their families, their club and their communities with a level of character and quality that they can look back on with pride for years to come.  Our mission as a club is very clear, to build the best club in the country.  Some have questioned the clubs motives and means in achieving this or even whether a club from such a small market can really attain such a goal, but now others will surely see what is possible when the most talented players in the Metro East come together in order to commit themselves to frequent, intense and purposeful practice.  Future opportunities are going to result because of what this amazing group of young men achieved in Denver this past week and the community will witness more National Championship appearances and more Division I college opportunities for kids in the Metro East.  We are extremely excited about the future of our young players.”

Saturday, June 1, 2013

SLSG-Illinois Staff Additions for 2013-14 Season

St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Illinois is pleased to announce two additions to its’ coaching staff for the 2013-14 season. Julie Isley officially joins SLSG after serving as an Assistant Coach at NCAA Division I Elon University and with Burlington Soccer Club in North Carolina where she had the role of Director of Coaching-Girls. Also joining SLSG is Kevin Stoll who finished his playing career at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in the fall of 2012. 

During the 2013-14 season Julie will be the head coach for the Under 16 ENCL team, the U13 Pre-ECNL team and will oversee age group training and the Soccer School for Girls. “St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Illinois is getting a quality person and coach with the addition of Julie Isley. She has a tremendous amount of successful experience with a variety of levels and ages. Our team at Elon is going to miss her greatly. The players at SLSG are going to enjoy playing for her.” said Chris Neal Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Elon University. Prior to Elon and BSC, Julie served as the Assistant Director of Coaching-Girls for the Greensboro SC (now NC Fusion) and currently still serves on the NCYSA ODP Staff. “This is a really exciting time for me, getting married and moving to Saint Louis. I am also thrilled about the opportunity to work with St. Louis Scott Gallagher and their fantastic staff. SLSG is a well-respected organization and is one of the top clubs in the country. It's a place where I can continue to develop players to their full potential and grow professionally.” said Isley. Julie will begin her duties after her wedding to SLU Assistant Men’s Coach Jason O’Keefe and relocation to St. Louis during the middle of June. 

"I have had the pleasure of working with Julie for the past 5 years. She is a dedicated and knowledgeable coach who is always seeking out new ideas and methods. She builds a great rapport with her players. She is a team player and one of the best female coaches I have ever come across.” said Marc Nicholls Technical Director for NC Fusion. 

Stoll comes to SLSG after his final season at SIUE this past fall where he led the Cougars to a Top 25 National Ranking and an appearance in the MVC Tournament Final. Having played his first three collegiate seasons at University of Illinois-Chicago, Stoll transferred to SIUE in the spring of 2010 for what was to be one season. Upon returning from a summer trip to England with the Cougars where he was scouted to train with Middlesbrough FC, Stoll tore his ACL in pre-season. After a grueling year of rehab he was determined to help the Cougars reach the NCAA Tournament in 2011 as he had been to the NCAA’s in 2007 and 2008 with UIC. During the summer of 2011 he suffered another knee injury while playing with the SLSG U23 team. While many players would have called it a career, Stoll came to SIUE to help the Cougars make the transitions back NCAA Division I and was not going to walk away from the program. “I’m excited for this opportunity. Having played for Dale Schilly on the Region II ODP Teams I know the style of soccer he likes his teams to play. Being comfortable with the playing style and culture of SLSG is important to me. I look forward to helping the club in any way I can.” said Stoll. 

Kevin will coach in the U11 Boys and U12 Boys Pre-Academy age groups as well as serve as an Assistant Coach in the US Development Academy and oversee the Soccer School for Boys. "Kevin is one of the most competitive and talented players I have ever played with. Ever since I have known Kevin he has had a passion for helping younger players continue to develop their game. I always knew that Kevin would make his way into coaching when the time was right and I couldn't be more excited for him and his opportunity with SLSG-Illinois. I know how much the club means to him and he will do everything in his power to pass this along to future SLSG players." said Ian Sarachan Assistant Men’s Coach at University of Wisconsin. 

SLSG-Illinois Program Director Dale Schilly- 
“Anytime you can add staff like Julie and Kevin you can’t be anything but excited. Two individuals with great backgrounds and a passion for teaching youth players. Our staff is already strong and these two simply help take us to another level. Our players and staff will benefit from having them around.” 

SLSG-Illinois is the ONLY club in the Metro East to offer players an opportunity to participate in the US Development Academy, Elite Clubs National League, and the National Premier League. The club is also completing construction of its’ own artificial turf field-the ONLY club in the Metro East to have its’ own private artificial turf field. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Weekend Preview (April 27-28, 2013)

Weekend Preview (April 27-28, 2013)

St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro Teams Head to Various Events Throughout the Midwest
Collinsville (April 25, 2013) – St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro will have several teams in action this weekend at the Eclipse Select Spring Classic in Oak Brook, IL.  Regarded as one of the top events in the Midwest for younger ages, SLSG Metro will send Boys- Under 11 Blue, Under 11 Green, U12 11v11 Pre-Academy and U12 9v9 Pre-Academy.  Girls-Under 11 Blue, Under 12 Blue and U13 Pre-ECNL.  Matches take place at the Oak Brook Polo Fields and other various local sites.

Louisville, KY will be the destination of the Under 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 National Premier League Boys teams this weekend.  Matches vs. River City Rovers will dominate the weekend schedule in the Midwest Development League.  Playoff opportunities will be on the line as the past weekends have seen positive results for the SLSG Metro NPL teams.
For more information about US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues, visit 
 Local play continues this weekend with both league play and the Lou Fusz Midwest Cup will take place in St. Louis.  Boys-U8 Green, U10 Green, U10 Silver, U16 Classic will participate.  The weekend will officially come to a close with the SLSG Illinois Juniors Program (players ages 3-8) taking the field at the Metro Complex from 5:00-7:00pm on Sunday evening.
Good luck and safe travels to all the SLSG teams this weekend.

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