STL VS FCD

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S STARTS FOUR-GAME HOME STAND AGAINST FC DALLAS

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S STARTS FOUR-GAME HOME STAND AGAINST FC DALLAS

STL VS FCD

STL CITY’S U17 TEAM KEEN TO CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE RECORD AT HOME

Fresh off their Ohio road trip last weekend, St. Louis CITY SC’s U17s continue their MLS NEXT season against FC Dallas’ U17s, at the Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex Field #1, October 16 at 9 a.m. CST. STL CITY will look to maintain their perfect home record this season after dropping points in their last games against Columbus Crew and FC Cincinnati.

Last weekend’s defeat against Columbus Crew was a frustrating result for the U17 team as they created the better goalscoring opportunities throughout the game but were unable to find the back of the net. STL CITY will be eager to capitalize on key moments in front of goal to give the fans more to cheer about against a strong FC Dallas team.

“We didn’t do a good job in front of goal last weekend but that’s how soccer is sometimes,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “We have looked at the film and talked as a team about how we can continue to generate and take more of our chances. We have done a wonderful job at home this season, so we’re looking to add another good performance this weekend.”

STL CITY will face a defensively sound FC Dallas side, who have recorded clean sheets in their last two games. After losing to Houston Dynamo in their first game of the season, they have since gone on a four-game unbeaten streak, scoring 13 goals in the same period. With STL CITY seeking another home win and FC Dallas looking to continue their unbeaten streak, fans should expect an entertaining game of attacking soccer.

“It is important for us to continue focusing on how we can improve the little details,” said Elvir Kafedžić, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “It is going to be an exciting game this weekend against a strong side, but I have confidence in this team. Hopefully we can give our fans a reason to celebrate after the game.”

COACHES’ NOTES

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this week’s match:

  • Stay locked in defensively – develop a habit of keeping clean sheets
  • Convert our chances – be more clinical in the opponents’ box
  • Actively repress and recover the ball as a unit

Set a reminder to watch a livestream of the match at stlcitysc.com/academy-streaming/.

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OHIO ROADTRIP RECAP

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY TEAMS PUT ON SOLID DISPLAY IN OHIO

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY TEAMS PUT ON SOLID DISPLAY IN OHIO

OHIO ROADTRIP RECAP

U17S EARN A POINT FROM ROAD TRIP, U16S SHARE THE SPOILS IN FRIENDLY GAMES

St. Louis CITY SC’s U16 and U17 academy teams were back in action in Ohio this past weekend against FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew academy teams. The U17s ended the weekend with a tie and a loss, while the U16 team shared the spoils in their friendly games.

In the club’s first game against FC Cincinnati, the U17s played to a 1-1 draw in a tight and competitive matchup. The team started the game positively, dominating possession and putting pressure on Cincinnati’s defense, especially on the flanks. In the 32nd minute, FC Cincinnati were reduced to 10 men after the referee issued a second yellow card to one of their players for a poorly timed tackle outside the box.

With the player advantage, STL CITY’s U17s pressed for the opening goal, but was hit with a counterattack in the 48th minute that resulted in a goal for FC Cincinnati. After the goal, the team created numerous chances as they searched for the equalizer, and were rewarded in the 65th minute, when Brian Franco headed home a cross from Nathan Yao to level the game. Despite dominating in the latter stages of the game, the boys had to settle for one point.

The team enjoyed a similar start to their game against Columbus Crew but went in the halftime break a goal down after Columbus Crew found the net in the 42nd minute. The boys created a lot of goalscoring opportunities but just could not find the back of the net. Columbus Crew added their second goal in the 55th minute and another in the 86th minute.

With the game dwindling, Jacob Lusignan converted from the penalty spot, setting up a tense end to the match. At the end of regular period, the referee signaled six minutes of added time, providing the team with a small window to launch a comeback. STL CITY piled the pressure on Columbus Crew and had chances to tie the game, but a missed penalty and a lack of clinical finishing, ensured that the three points stayed with Columbus Crew.

“The results didn’t go the way we wanted them to this weekend,” said Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But I thought we showed a lot of good moments in both games. We created a lot of chances, but we just couldn’t get the ball in. Now, we have to turn our focus to training and preparing for our next game.”

The U16s came into the weekend of friendlies looking to continue their perfect record across all competitions this season but ended up tasting defeat for the first time, losing to an older mixed squad of FC Cincinnati’s academy teams. Despite going down by three goals, the boys put on a spirited performance and added a goal late in the game with Landon Weber curling a brilliant strike in the top right corner.

In their second friendly game against Columbus Crew, the U16s dominated from the first minute of the game, with the players attacking and pressing the opponent’s defense. Columbus Crew put up a strong fight at first but could not handle STL CITY’s unrelenting attack. In the

15th minute, the in-form striker Jackson Delkus gave STL CITY a first half lead after slotting home a composed shot from the left side of the box.

STL CITY started the second half with drive, controlling the flow of the game and creating goalscoring chances at will. However, the U16 team didn’t add another goal until the 76th minute, when Omar Cilic finished off a lovely play from close range. Two minutes later, Gavin Netzel netted the team’s third goal, as STL CITY continued to generate waves of attack. In the dying moments of the game, Landon Veach added the team’s fourth goal, capping off a dominant away display from the team.

“I’m really proud of the effort shown by the lads in both games this weekend,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “It’s always exciting to see how the boys are adapting to our playing style. I thought they did a great job of finding solutions in the game, which speaks to their maturity as players.”

 

MATCHDAY NOTES – STARTING XI

VS FC Cincinnati

U16
Tyson Pearce, Thomas Pratl, Zach Stanton, Dustin Randazzo, Gavin Netzel, Nate Harmon, Eddie Stewart, Jack DiMaria, Zach Van Hee, Jackson Delkus, Nick Bishop

U17
Jacob Lusignan, Joshua Maher, Anthony Faupel, Aaron Heard, Miguel Perez, Tyler Sargent, Nathan Yao, Fritz Volmar, Nolan McGuire, Caden Glover, Mason Beck

 

VS Columbus Crew

U16
Tyson Pearce, Jacksen McNeal, Zach Stanton, Blas Urbano, Landon Weber, Landon Veach, Eddie Stewart, Jack DiMaria, Zach Van Hee, Jackson Delkus, Nick Bishop

U17
Max Vuong, Harrison Engel, Anthony Faupel, Aaron Heard, Brian Franco, Connor Lovell, Nathan Yao, Fritz Volmar, Nolan McGuire, Kai Pope, Owen Spore

 

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY IN OHIO THIS WEEKEND FOR TWO-GAME ROADTRIP

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY IN OHIO THIS WEEKEND FOR TWO-GAME ROADTRIP

Ohio Matchday Preview

STL CITY ACADEMY TEAMS ARE BACK ON THE ROAD TO BATTLE FC CINCINNATI AND COLUMBUS CREW ACADEMY TEAMS

St. Louis CITY SC Academy teams travel to Ohio to take on FC Cincinnati on Saturday, October 9 followed by Columbus Crew Academy on Sunday, October 10. The U16 team will kick off their MLS NEXT game at 1 p.m. EST at Mercy Health Training Center, followed by a U16 friendly game at 3 p.m. EST. The next day, the U17 team will continue their MLS NEXT season against Columbus Crew U17s at 10 a.m. EST at Columbus Crew Training Facility, with the U16s also kicking off their friendly game at 10 a.m. EST.

After winning in exciting fashion last weekend against Austin FC, STL CITY’s U17 team will look to maintain their momentum against a hungry FC Cincinnati team, who are still looking for their first victory in MLS NEXT action. Similarly, Columbus Crew who are currently 2-3-1, will be eager to add a win to their record in their first home game this season.

“We are excited for this weekend, as we get to test ourselves against two well-organized teams,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “It is important to build off last week’s performance and continue to play the way we want to. I think the boys are doing a great job in training and we’re starting to see the pieces come together.”

The U16 team continued their perfect record in all competitions, after routing Austin FC 5-2 in a friendly game this past weekend. Though they have not played in an official game since their victory against Indiana Fire Academy, they have continued to impress, netting seven goals in their last two friendly games.

“It’s exciting to see the players implementing our style of play on the pitch,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “I give them credit for buying into our soccer philosophy, and you can see that everyone is on the same page during games. While we are extremely happy with our results so far, we still have a lot to improve on and this weekend will give us another chance to do that.”

COACHES’ NOTES

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this weekend’s matches:

  • Find a good balance between our high press and middle block
  • Be ruthless in front of goal
  • Start the game focused, especially on the defensive end

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY SUBDUE AUSTIN FC ACADEMY IN HOME DOUBLE HEADER

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY SUBDUE AUSTIN FC ACADEMY IN HOME DOUBLE HEADER

HOME FANS TREATED TO DOMINANT PERFORMANCES BY STL CITY’S ACADEMY TEAMS 

St. Louis CITY SC’s U16 and U17 academy teams put on another big performance at home! The U17s started the day with a hard fought 4-3 win in MLS NEXT action, followed by the U16s overpowering Austin FC academy in a friendly game, extending their win streak in all competitions.

STL CITY’s U17s found themselves down early in the game, after Austin FC found the back of the net 28 seconds into the match. After the goal, the boys got into their stride, producing lovely passages of play as they searched for the equalizer. In the 7th minute, Jacob Lusignan delivered an inch-perfect cross from a wide freekick, finding Josh Maher who calmly slotted home to level the game. STL CITY kept knocking on the door, controlling the flow of the game with relentless defending and counterattacking.

Despite dominating possession, STL CITY trailed again following a goalkeeper error in the 24th minute. However, there was a sense that the game had more goals coming, and after a spell of persistent pressure, STL CITY scored in the 35th minute when Lusignan slotted home a freekick from the edge of the box. With the team buzzing from the last goal, Lusignan sent the home fans into a frenzy after thumping a long-range effort into the top left corner of the net, sending STL CITY into the break with the lead.

The team carried over the heat from the first half, with Anthony Faupel powering past two defenders before sliding a cross to Miguel Perez, who added STL CITY’s fourth goal of the game. Austin FC closed the gap in the 60th minute, setting up an edgy finish to the game. Austin FC searched for the equalizer late in the match but STL CITY’s compact defense secured a much-needed win for the team.

“It was a real battle today,” said Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But I think in the end, the result is a fair indication of how the game went. I thought the boys played with a lot of energy even after going down twice in the game. We showed a lot of grit today, and I’m really proud of how the boys executed our game plan.”

STL CITY’s U16s started their game with a lot of promise, dominating possession from the first minute. Though the game was a friendly, it was clear the U16s meant business as they were actively hunting and pouncing on loose balls all over the pitch. Continuing his impressive goalscoring run, Jackson Delkus gave STL CITY the lead in the third minute, after calmly rolling a shot in the bottom left corner of the net.

Three minutes later, Delkus assisted STL CITY’s second, putting in a lovely cross for Zach VanHee, who volleyed home a brilliant strike from inside the box. STL CITY eventually added a third goal just before the end of the first half, when Edin Prgo latched onto a rebound off an Omar Cilic shot, putting the exclamation point on a dominant first half.

The U16 team maintained their intensity at the start of the second half and were unlucky not to capitalize on a few goalscoring opportunities. In the 57th minute, Cilic netted STL CITY’s fourth after pouncing on a rebound off a VanHee strike deep in midfield. Austin FC threatened to comeback after scoring in the 79th and 90th minute, but a thunderous volley by Thomas Pratl late in the game, closed out an impressive performance from the team.

“I’m really happy with the performance from the lads today,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “Even after leading the game since the third minute, we kept our focus and maintained our discipline on both sides of the ball. It felt good to get another win in front of our home fans today.”

MATCHDAY NOTES – STARTING XI

U16
Tyson Pearce, Thomas Pratl, Zach Stanton, Kyle Schwartz, Gavin Netzel, Landon Weber, Eddie Stewart, Jack DiMaria, Zach VanHee, Jackson Delkus, Nick Bishop

U17
Jacob Lusigan, Joshua Maher, Anthony Faupel, Aaron Heard, Miguel Perez, Tyler Sargent, Nathan Yao, Frtiz Volmar, Harrison Engel, Caden Glover, Mason Beck

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY HOSTS AUSTIN FC ACADEMY

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY HOSTS AUSTIN FC ACADEMY

STL CITY’S U17S LOOK TO IMPROVE THEIR RECORD IN MLS NEXT, U16S TAKE ON AUSTIN FC ACADEMY IN A FRIENDLY GAME

St. Louis CITY SC Academy teams are back home to take on Austin FC Academy on Saturday, October 2. The U17 squad kicks off the action at 9 a.m. CST at Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex Field #1, while the U16 team will play in a friendly game at 11 a.m. CST.

Coming off their loss against Sporting KC this past weekend, STL CITY’s U17 team will be keen to capitalize on their goal-scoring chances while being stingy on the defensive end. Though it was not reflected in the result, the U17s controlled majority of the game, but good goalkeeping from the opposition denied the boys a chance to launch a comeback.

“We are 100% focused on the game this weekend,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “The results have not gone our way recently, but we are seeing a lot of positive moments from the players. This game will be tough, but we are approaching it with confidence, knowing that we have a fantastic opportunity to compete in front of our home fans.”

While the U16 team did not have an official MLS NEXT game this past weekend, they played against Sporting KC’s U16 team in a friendly match. The squad had a strong start to the game but went down off a lovely team goal from Sporting KC. STL CITY equalized through a long-range strike from Zach Van Hee before sealing the victory through Jackson Delkus, who extended his goal scoring run in all competitions. The U16 team will look to add another win in all competitions when they face Austin FC U16s in a friendly match.

“I’ve been really impressed with our performances so far,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “The players have done the little things right and it has translated into wins. We have another chance to test ourselves against tough team, but we have prepared well, so we are looking forward to a good game.”

COACHES’ CORNER

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this week’s match:

  • Maintain our playing style regardless of how the game is going
  • Remain active on the defensive end
  • Capitalize on our chances in front of goal

Ahead of the game, St. Louis CITY will have an area reserved for fans and supporters to tailgate, while those who are unable to make it can support the teams via our livestream link here. Fans who attend the game will also have a chance to win a FIFA 22 download code for PS4.

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S FALLS AGAINST SPORTING KC ACADEMY

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S FALLS AGAINST SPORTING KC ACADEMY

EARLY GOAL NOT ENOUGH TO SECURE THE THREE POINTS FOR STL CITY 

St. Louis CITY SC U17s had a tough day against Sporting KC Academy, losing 5-1 at Children’s Mercy Victory Field. The boys had a strong start to the game, surprising the opposition with high attacking intensity and persistent pressing. In the second minute, Anthony Faupel whipped a cross in from the right, which deflected off a defender and into the back of the net, giving STL CITY the early lead.

After the goal, STL CITY continued with high intensity but were met with strong resistance as Sporting KC found their attacking rhythm. In the eighth minute, Sporting KC equalized when their forward tapped in a shot from close range. The equalizing goal shifted momentum, with Sporting KC slowly starting to take control of the game. Their pressure paid off in the 14th minute when they took the lead through their right winger who slid a shot past the onrushing STL CITY goalkeeper Owen Spore.

STL CITY hustled and tried to level the match, but a combination of good goalkeeping and narrow misses kept the boys at bay, opening the door for Sporting KC to build on their lead. Ahead of the halftime whistle, Sporting KC added a third and fourth goal, rounding out a dominant first half display.

Coming out of the break, STL CITY made a few tactical tweaks, leading to more goal scoring opportunities after pinning the Sporting KC players deep in their half. Despite generating numerous goal-scoring chances, STL CITY were unable to find the back of the net. Late in the second half, Sporting KC scored their fifth goal, sealing STL CITY’s U17s third defeat of the season.

“The game of soccer can be unfair sometimes,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “Although we created more chances than the opposition, we just couldn’t capitalize on them. The game was won in a few key moments today, and credit to Sporting KC for taking their chances in the first half. Now, it is very important for us to remain positive as a group and learn from the mistakes we made today.”

 

MATCHDAY NOTES – STARTING XI 

U17
Jacob Lusigan, Joshua Maher, Anthony Faupel, Max Vuong, Nolan McGuire, Aaron Heard, Nathan Yao, Frtiz Volmar, Braydon Sellers, Caden Glover, Owen Spore

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S TRAVEL ACROSS STATE TO TAKE ON SPORTING KC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S TRAVEL ACROSS STATE TO TAKE ON SPORTING KC

STL CITY’S U17 TEAM LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST SPORTING KC’S U17 TEAM 

Coming off a seven-goal thriller in Indiana, St. Louis CITY SC’s U17s will resume their MLS NEXT campaign against cross-state rivals Sporting KC U17s at Victory Field on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m. CST. STL CITY will be eager to get the three points after registering close defeats in their last two outings.

STL CITY U17 team have been outstanding in front of goal this season, registering 17 goals in 4 matches, however they have also conceded 11 goals in the same period. Despite dominating games for large spells, STL CITY are slow to get off the blocks, conceding early goals in their previous matches.

“Simply put, we have to do a better job of starting games,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “We’ve talked about it in training this week and it takes all of us – the coaches as well as the players to commit to being strong defensively. Our soccer philosophy involves defending as a unit and so we have to get in that mindset of being proactive to win the ball back and not allow goals.”

STL CITY will come up against a strong Sporting KC side, who historically have been one of the best academy teams in the country. After beating Chicago Fire FC 3-0 in their opening game, they dropped their next two games against Colorado Rapids FC and Real Colorado SC. With both teams looking to get back to winning ways, it should set up an intense game of attacking soccer for the fans.

“Our games should always be intense regardless of who we are facing,” said Elvir Kafedžić, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “It demands a lot from the players but this is our playing style and we want to stay true to our identity. We know they have a good team, but our philosophy won’t change. We want to attack our opponents, while making it difficult for them to generate chances. So, for us, this is another chance to continue improving.”

COACHES’ NOTES 

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this week’s match:

  • Be prepared and focused from the first minute of the game
  • Keep hustling and maintain our style of play
  • Be able to deal with adversity – especially in the final minutes of the game

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY SHARE THE SPOILS AGAINST INDIANA FIRE ACADEMY

 

U16S EARN HARD FOUGHT 1-0 WIN, U17S SHOW SPIRITED EFFORT IN SEVEN GOAL THRILLER

This past weekend, St. Louis CITY SC’s Academy teams split the result against Indiana Fire Academy. A late goal secures the club’s U16 team a 1-0 win in a closely contested game, while the U17 squad came up short, falling 4-3 in their goal-filled matchup.

STL CITY’s U16 team had a flying start to the match, with the players hustling to generate attacking moments in the final third. However, they were faced with resistance against a strong defensive Indiana Fire team, who were equally aggressive in the opening minutes. Both teams disrupted each other’s build-up play resulting in a first half stalemate.

STL CITY started the second half with drive and purpose, creating numerous opportunities but just lacked that final touch in dangerous areas. With Indiana Fire’s side settling into the second half and gaining their footing, STL CITY’s first big chance in the 60th minute shifted the momentum back towards STL CITY when midfielder Gavin Netzel whipped in a cross from the right-hand side to Jackson Delkus, who sent a composed shot just wide of the post. Following that goal scoring opportunity, STL CITY began attacking with more frequency and confidence. One of those moments came in the 67th minute when Landon Weber played a wonderful give-and-go with Delkus in the midfield, before thumping a long-range strike on frame forcing a fingertip save from the Indiana Fire goalkeeper.

Despite creating more chances in the second half than their opposition, it seemed like STL CITY would have to settle for a goalless draw. However, in the 84th minute, STL CITY made another push with Delkus picking up the ball deep in the midfield before dribbling past two defenders and sending a well hit shot into the bottom left corner, securing the U16’s third straight victory.

“It was a close game without many clear opportunities,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But I was really impressed with the fight and discipline of the players, especially in the second half. I have always said, we have quality players who can make a difference in key moments, and you saw that in the game.”

STL CITY’s U17 team came into the game looking to bounce back following their first loss of the season but were met with a spirited performance from Indiana Fire Academy who grabbed an early lead in the fifth minute of the contest. STL CITY responded well to the early conceded goal by playing more aggressively, leading to continuous waves of attack.

The U17 squad’s aggressive attack finally paid off when Braydon Sellers was fouled in the 16th minute and Jacob Lusignan scored with the free kick deep on the left-hand side, leveling the game at 1-1. STL CITY would add another goal only nine minutes later, after Lusignan played a lovely ball behind the defense for Sellers who rocketed a shot in the bottom left corner of the net to give STL CITY the 2-1 lead. Indiana Fire equalized in the 38th minute from the penalty spot, rounding out an entertaining first half.

Aaron Heard came on at the start of the second half and was immediately involved in creating chances for the team. In the 47th minute, he found himself in space on the left wing before reversing a pass to Nathan Yao on the edge of the box, who slammed home a shot, giving STL CITY their second lead of the game at 3-2. The lead was short-lived as Indiana equalized in the 51st minute before taking the lead in the 58th minute. Despite showing major flashpoints in search of a goal in the final minutes, STL CITY’s U17s came up just short, resulting in their second defeat of the season.“

We didn’t play to our potential and that is the most disappointing part,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “Of course, we want to win but as a team we must learn to do a better job of starting and finishing games stronger. It is something for us to correct as coaches and we will be focusing on solutions this week in training.”

 

MATCHDAY NOTES – STARTING XI

U16
Tyson Pearce, Thomas Pratl, Zach Stanton, Dustin Randazzo, Gavin Netzel, Landon Weber, Eddie Stewart, Jack DiMaria, Edin Prgo, Jackson Delkus, Nick Bishop

U17
Jacob Lusigan, Joshua Maher, Anthony Faupel, Brian Franco, Miguel Perez, Oscar Solis, Nathan Yao, Frtiz Volmar, Braydon Sellers, Caden Glover, Owen Spore

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St. Louis CITY SC Back on The Road Facing Indiana Fire Academy

ST. LOUIS CITY SC BACK ON THE ROAD FACING INDIANA FIRE ACADEMY

ACADEMY TEAMS CONTINUE MLS NEXT ACTION AGAINST INDIANA FIRE

St. Louis CITY SC Academy continues its young MLS NEXT season with a quick road trip to Indiana Fire Academy on Saturday, September 18 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. Fresh off their emphatic 11-0 victory against Midwest United FC, the U16 team will look to add another win when they kick off at 1:15 p.m. CST, while the U17 team will look to bounce back from their first loss at 11:00 a.m. CST.

STL CITY’s U16 team created continuous waves of attack against Midwest United, with Jackson Delkus netting an impressive 6 goals, taking his tally to 8 goals in 2 games. Omar Cilic, Landon Weber, Gavin Netzel and Nathan Harmon also found the back of the net, rounding off a ruthless display of entertaining and attacking soccer. The U16 team kept another clean sheet and will look to replicate a similar defensive mindset against a tough Indiana Fire Academy team, who have scored 6 goals in 2 games so far in MLS NEXT action.

“This game will be a good test for us,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “It is very easy for players to lose focus, especially after a big win, but the boys have been great in training. I have said before, we are playing the infinite game, so our main goal is to improve each week, regardless of the result.”

The U17 team put up a spirited fight against Midwest United but was just edged 3-2 after conceding a late goal. After going down a goal early in the game, the team fought back to take the lead just before half-time. STL CITY U17s have been tremendous in front of the net, scoring 14 goals in three games. While the boys continue to impress on the attacking end, they will be keen on putting in a complete defensive performance and limiting their opponents’ chances.

“In the grand scheme of things, last weekend’s result could be good for us” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “I think the guys are ready to get back to winning ways and I’ve noticed a positive reaction in the drive and attitude of the players in training. We have a very talented group, so for us it is all about focusing on our principles, especially on the defensive end.”

COACHES’ NOTES 

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this week’s match:

  • Learn from our mistakes and apply our attacking and defensive principles against Indiana Fire Academy
  • Continue building our identity by creating as many key actions as possible from our playing style
  • Play with initiative and create continuous waves of attack
  • Execute our highly active pressing, hunting like a Wolfpack to regain possession of the ball
  • Start the game on the front foot by maintaining our solid defensive shape for the entire game

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

U16S DOMINATE IN 11-0 WIN, LATE GOAL SNAPU17S’ WIN STREAK 

It was a bittersweet trip to Michigan this past weekend for St. Louis CITY SC’s Academy. STL CITY U16s secured an emphatic 11-0 win, but the U17s were edged 3-2, ending a perfect start to their inaugural MLS NEXT season.

St. Louis CITY’s U16 team had a strong start to the game, controlling the tempo of the match and dominating possession with drive and purpose. The team’s defensive discipline limited the opponents to long shots and allowed the attackers to win the ball in dangerous areas. Midwest United had a rare 1v1 chance in the 15th minute, but a perfectly timed tackle from goalkeeper Nick Bishop kept the game level.

Tactically, the team found a lot of success by isolating their defenders on the wings and creating 2v1 situations, especially on the right side. In the 18th minute, Omar Cilic pounced on a loose ball on the right before his deflected cross found the feet of Jackson Delkus, who slotted home St. Louis CITY’s first goal of the day. And then the flood gates opened and STL CITY turned it up a notch physically, relentlessly pressing their opponents and creating continuous goalscoring chances.

In the 21st minute, Cilic tapped in a shot from close range after Landon Weber’s long-range strike forced a save from the goalkeeper. St. Louis CITY went on to add a whopping 9 more goals, with Jackson Delkus (6), Omar Cilic (2), Landon Weber, Gavin Netzel and Nathan Harmon all adding goals to round out a statement win for the U16 team.

“I know it is very easy to look at the result and be happy,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But I was more impressed with our overall performance especially on the defensive end – which resulted in another clean sheet. The boys executed everything we worked on in training this week, and I was happy with how supportive and positive they were throughout the game.”

St. Louis CITY’s U17 team played from behind for most of the first half after conceding one to Midwest United 8 minutes into the game. Following the goal, chances weren’t easy to come by, however St. Louis CITY kept pushing to get back into the game and succeeded when Adam Boykin got on the end of a lovely cross from Aaron Heard, leveling the match in the 28th minute. St. Louis CITY took the lead just before half-time, after Jacob Lusignan slotted home his second penalty kick of the season.

STL CITY started the second half a lot better, and while chances were still at a premium, the boys did a great job of retaining possession as they searched for the third goal. Midwest United eventually tied the game in the 73rd and took the lead in the 81st minute. Despite creating a few opportunities in the final minutes of the game, the end result was the team’s first defeat of the season.

“The result is certainly not what we wanted,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “We started slowly again, and it ended up costing us the game. However, we can’t dwell on the result too much, so it is important for us to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes, so we can continue to improve as a team.”

To learn more about the academy, find player bios and rosters here.

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