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For What It’s Worth


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or many years I have been an advocate of Dutch Soccer. It was ‘Clockwork Orange’, the Total Soccer concept of the 1974 World Cup that took the soccer world by storm as the Oranje played in a way that was mesmerizing – fast paced, interchanging positions, pressing in the opponent’s half, unbelievable skill and just enough arrogance to give them the necessary edge in the mental battle. It was, for me, the beginning of the pursuit for soccer in a different form than I had ever seen before – it was the beginning of a long journey to instill a style of play and a mentality towards play that was different from what most of us had known. For me, it became the philosophy and the focal point that has shaped my approach to coaching and to soccer in general. It was my good fortune in 1997, to attend a 10-day Coaching Symposium in Zeist, the KNVB headquarters in the Netherlands. The KNVB is the governing body of Dutch soccer. In a small group of 10 coaches, we were privileged to be taught by 2 fully licensed Dutch coaches – Jan Pruijn and Bram Braam. Jan to this day has remained a good friend and a business partner in the soccer camp and travel areas. We were inundated with every Dutch soccer influence possible – instruction, theory, practice, stadiums, youth and professional training and games – we experienced all that was there to be seen or done. It was a thrill of a lifetime and a learning experience second to none. Having just returned from Holland with the Dutch Touch trip, I can honestly say that there is a significant difference in the development of players here and there at the same age groups. This was my sixth trip to Holland and each time I always visit and observe youth training and games. The difference is primarily in the approach, or the mentality, as they would call it. There is a higher regard for clean technique, faster ball circulation, better understanding of game situations – they call it insight – and in general they are more comfortable on the ball and with the ball. The Dutch coaches on this trip kept using the word efficient when talking to our players. Efficient in the use of the ball, time on the ball, playing without the ball, decision-making, closing down, communication and on and on. In a country as small as Holland, they must maximize every resource possible – efficiency is a way of life and it is the way in which they play. Efficient and effective, not always flashy and spectacular -- simple but to the point – these are definite characteristics of the Dutch style. Training is efficient and effective. Technique is not isolated from tactics. The Dutch are big believers in small-sided games – combining technique with insight – playing with conditions to meet certain objectives. Every training session must have an objective – then the entire session is built around that particular objective. For instance, passing can never be an objective – it is always a means to an objective. So, if you are playing a small game – such as passing through a small cone goal to a teammate, passing is built into the game as a means to the objective. Is it short passing, long passing, diagonal passing, or transition passing – what is the objective of the exercise and how does passing contribute to the objective. It is never passing just for passing’s sake – it is always passing in order to …. (go to goal, change the point of attack, or play a defender out). It has been my ambition as a coach to have my teams play in the Dutch way, to play with a Dutch Touch. The fast ball circulation, the clean touch, the crisp pass, the early deep ball, the third man in concept, high ball speed, going to goal, scoring – these are staples to Dutch soccer. For the Dutch it must always CBC soccer coach TERRY MICHLER is without peer among high-school be with a certain style - the trademark is in their coaches. In his 35 years he is the winningest high school soccer coach quality of play, their insight, their ability to take with a 721-178-88 coaching record. The 721 wins is a national record; the ball to the goal and in the enjoyment that they his CBC teams have made 11 state-final appearances and won five of them, derive from playing. It must be fun and it must be including back-to-back titles in 2004-2005; he has two national effective, and oh yes, lest I forget – efficient! high-school coach-of-the-year awards and numerous local coaching honors. Two hundred sixty-six former CBC players have played college soccer, and 32 of them have played professionally.

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Player Profile: Kelsey Finders

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Kelsey Finders; Leading by Example

by Roger Cole A true leader is not satisfied with the status quo. Leaders will do whatever it takes to prepare for the time when called upon to perform. With their actions they inspire those around them to rise to the occasion and strive for success. Kelsey Finders, senior at St. Charles West High, is one such example. SSLM sat down with the Finders family to find out more about this natural leader. Since the age of six, soccer has been a big part of Kelsey’s life. She began her playing days with the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic school league where her fondest memory of those early days was scoring the winning goal in overtime during the City Cup Championship. After Borromeo, Kelsey moved to Wolfpack and then J.B. Marine (U9–U17), before finding her current home with Missouri Premier. For the past year, Kelsey has been part of the Missouri Premier Soccer Club U18 team coached by Tom Potzman and Sterling Wescott. In one of the team’s most recent accomplishments the team tied for first in the Texas Cup, over Thanksgiving weekend of last year. Kelsey’s success on and off the field is due to her intrinsic desire, dedication, and determination. “She works very hard, we don’t ever have to tell her to go work out. She does that all on her own. A lot of that is built into her and her passion for the game, and to be the best,” added John Finders. “She has a lot of determination,” said Beth Finders. “She cares a lot about her team and seeing them succeed.” Kelsey has this advice for younger kids, “Always attend practice and put in the time to train with someone that can help you get better.” When Kelsey is not hanging out with friends, you can find her putting in time at Sports Enhancement Group with Christopher Mileski, Director of Exercise Physiology and Sports Performance. “Kelsey always sets high standards for herself and works extremely hard


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Soccer St. Louis Magazine Mike Gauvain, J.B. Marine & Chaminade Soccer “Kelsey is a tireless worker with a great attitude for the game; her leadership came from her willingness to work at every practice and during every match. She has a wonderful presence and puts in 100% effort all the time.”

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to fulfill these expectations with her unparalleled work ethic,” said Chris. “A quiet leader, Kelsey consistently gets the job done leading by example and without much fanfare.” In the classroom and on the field, her internal drive and determination have earned her recognition at various levels. She maintains a 3.6 grade average, is ranked in the top tier of her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. Honors on the field range from All-metro and All-State Team selections to St. Louis Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week in 2007. The example she has set in the classroom and on the field has made her a role model for her younger teammates. Selected as team captain during her junior year, Kelsey’s work ethic has earned her the respect of her various coaches. Mark Olwig, varsity coach at St. Charles West, had this to say about the rising star. “Kelsey demonstrates leadership through her commitment to the sport of soccer and her team. She is constantly making herself a better player and strives to make the players around her rise to the next level. She leads by example on the field, both at practice and during the games. Her commitment starts in the heart and has lead to her achievements both on and off the soccer field. Kelsey’s commitment and leadership has been invaluable over her four years as a starter on the varsity team and has made a positive impact on the soccer program.” Kelsey will continue playing next season at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She looks forward to contributing to the program and advancing her game to an even higher level.

Sterling Wescott, Missouri Premier SC “Kelsey is a quiet leader who leads by example not with words. She lets her play do the talking and her teammates follow her lead. She is a good soccer player technically but it is her work ethic that separates her from other good players. She is a handful to play against. She covers more ground than anyone on the field throughout a game, and she does not back down from any physical challenge. Kelsey has brought a sense of pride to our team. She is always the spark to keep the competition alive. Whenever she plays, she plays with pride. Kelsey keeps on fighting for the love of competition. Everything Kelsey does, she does with pride and this has made all the difference. In sports, in her schoolwork and in her personal life this sense of pride will continue to help her become successful in whatever she does.”

High School Soccer Honors: ● Team Captain Junior Year 2006 ● ODP 1990 Missouri State Team- Coach Amy Edwards @UM-Columbia ● St. Louis Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week, May 2007 ● All-Metro Team 2007 ● All-State 1st Team 2007 ● 1st Team All Conference GAC North 2005,

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● All-Tournament Team Bi-State Shoot-Out ● 4 year varsity starter

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The Club House

Scott Gallagher Coaches Tour Holland and England In keeping with the tradition of excellence, the Scott Gallagher coaching staff traveled to Holland and England to learn from the top clubs. The staff attended youth and first team training sessions where they received first hand mentorship from some of the top trainers in the game. The following training grounds and training sessions (youth and 1st team) were attended: Middlesbrough Academy, Blackburn Academy, Everton Academy, Ajax Academy, PSV Academy, NEC Academy, Vitesse Academy, Feyenoord Academy.




1. (Background) Dutch U15’s get ready to take the field against German giant’s Borussia Dortmund. 2. Travis Brantingham, Scott Gallagher U15 coach and U11 Portugal coach, Principia High School Head Soccer coach Kipp Keller, Scott Gallagher U8 Newcastle coach talk with Blackburn’s Technical Director Charlie Jackson at a Blackburn U12 game. 3. PSV Eindhoven1st team and Mexican superstar, Carlos Salcido, gets ready for 1st team training. 4. Tom Howe, Patrick Ladru Ajax’s Youth Director (U8-U12), Kip Thompson at the World Famous Ajax Training Academy.

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A Tradition of Excellence St. Louis Scott Gallagher S.C.


by Roger Cole

t. Louis has a rich tradition in club soccer. Across the country, the mention of a St. Louis team coming to town stirs the emotions of would-be opponents. A few teams held the top spot in the hearts, and hit lists, of their adversaries. Scott Gallagher is one such team. SSLM caught up with Director of Operations, Kevin Kalish, to find out more. Scott Gallagher began in mid 1970’s as a team sponsored by Ruiz Mexican Restaurant (Ruiz S.C.). Jim Scott and Jim Gallagher donated money for balls and equipment and the name was changed to honor that support. The club began with four teams: U12, U14, U16 and U18. St. Louis legends like Tom Howe, Rick Benben, Dan Gaffney and Tim Rooney coached these first teams. Dan Gaffney’s U-19 team won the clubs first National Cup Championship. Early success in the 1980’s helped the club put its name on the national map. Today Scott Gallagher has over 1000 participants in their clubs, camps and teams. Participants range in age from five to twenty-five. Scott Gallagher has been ranked as a top ten club in the nation for the past three years. College coaches have recognized the quality brand that the Scott Gallagher stands for. The club has help to produce 13+ Senior National team players and 20 or more youth national team players since 1980. Some of the most notable include Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan and Chris Klein. Individual training, camps, clinics and the Scott Gallagher Youth Academy, are offered for boys and girls ages five to nine. Team formation begins at the U9 level. At this level, players practice one or two times per week. The focus is on technical skill development. “We want our players to enjoy the game and learn the technique and foundation that they can build upon and hopefully reach their potential longterm,” said Kalish. “Our job as an organization is to help

players to reach their full potential.” Their website gives a clear expectation to future soccer stars. “Once a player reaches the status of playing for a top level Scott Gallagher team (U14 and older), the preparation and emphasis is on winning a national championship. After making an elite team, which will consist of all of the top players from all of the U13 teams, each player and team will be trained to reach this goal. As players progress through the ranks, techniques are taught at higher speeds, tactics become more complex, quicker decision-making is stressed and winning is of the utmost importance. This ensures a continued level of excellence.” As the players mature practices increase. The top level Academy team practices four times per week and participates in the new US Soccer Academy league. The Academy league brings together the top 60 clubs in America including the US National Team. Players compete in an eight month 28 game schedule while allowing time off for competing with their High School team. Provides a league where the players can participate in high-level competition without the fear of being pulled in to many directions. In June of 2008, Scott Gallagher, St. Louis Soccer Club, Metro United and Missouri Premier merged. With this merger complete, around 5000 participants will be under the banner St. Louis Scott Gallagher. This will make the club one of the largest in the Missouri region and possibly one of the top ten largest in the nation. The club takes their brand name very seriously. Successful leaders, like Kip Thompson, Mike Baer, Dan O’Keefe, and Mark Dorsey, strive to convey an image that their players can aspire to. Scott Gallagher portrays a professional appearance at all times. This sets a standard of excellence that permeates the entire organization.

The Scott Gallagher Soccer Club was founded in 1976-77 by Jim Scott, of Florissant, Missouri. The club officially began playing as Scott-Gallagher S.C. in 1979. To hear the full Kevin Kalish interview visit For more information on this club contact them at SUMMER ‘08 13

The Club House

St. Louis Youth Soccer Players Return from Camp Nicholas Pieri Vice President Green Football Development U.S.A.

St. Louis area select soccer club, Juventus Premier Futbol Club, announced their selection for their 2008 “Travel Abroad” winner. Under this program each Juventus PFC coach was able to nominate one player to a panel committee for consideration. Daniel Hilling of Troy, Illinois was the chosen recipient of that opportunity. As this year’s chosen recipient Daniel and one family member received an all expenses paid trip to Athens, Greece where Daniel attended the professional training camp of Panathinaikos Football Club. Being a person of high moral standard that Daniel is, he also invited his step-sister (Megan), her friend (Meredith), and his good friend (Niko), all of whom are select soccer players in the St. Louis Metro area, to accompany him at this prestigious event. Situated on their dedicated 70-acre football complex, home to Panathinaikos F.C.’s central academy, the professional camp was geared extremely high as Panathinaikos F.C. mascot “Panatha”.

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Panathinaikos F.C. Academy Coaches scout from this summer camp for induction into the main Panathinaikos F.C. Academy. First on camper’s agendas was a full physical evaluation including body fat index and base line evaluation of their physical condition. This information was highly integrated into each player’s training routine and diet for the duration of the camp. Through the course of the week campers received professional training from Panathinaikos F.C.’s academy coaches leading Daniel Hillining, travel abroad recipient. to a championship tournament on the last day of camp held at the former Panathinaikos Stadium. The environment surrounding the day of the tournament was enormous as camp attendees showcased their talents in the presence of Panathinaikos F.C. coaches, professional European and international scouts, reporters, and many more die-hard spectators, alumni and dignitaries. At the end of this intense week our four local players left with a glow given their opportunity to travel to a foreign country and experience Greece’s many cultures, play soccer with some of the best youth players in the world, receive training from some of the best academy coaches in the world, have fun and make many new and long lasting friendships.

From left to right: Daniel, Meghan, Meredith, former Panathinaikos F.C. player an official trainer Leonedas Vokolos, and Niko.

For more information on Juventus Premier Futbol Club contact Mr. Nicholas Pieri at (618) 406-2993 or via email at SUMMER ‘08 15

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Soccer Fans: For better or For Worse? By Zack Godat

into play during the game. In today’s game of soccer, there are many factors that come people don’t understand is how Obviously there are the players and how they play, but what most on their favorite team, they cheer the fans can affect the game. In Europe, the fans don’t just cheer entire lives. The great fan base of on the local team or the team that they have grown to love their . The fans bring passion, spirit, many teams has caused them to have outstanding records at home passionate fans are involved in and electrifying chants to the game. However, some of the most ganism. Another aspect that is something that is bringing a lot of negativity to the game, hooli sh La Liga, the Barclay’s English ruining the game is racism. It is mostly a problem in the Spani Italian Serie A, the top football Premier League, the top football league in England, and the rs have left the game early due to league in Italy. There have been many instances in which playe are negatively impacting the view the severe racism of the crowd. Soccer hooligans and racism of soccer in today’s society. their family has cheered Many fans have grown up cheering for the local team or the team ny in the past couple of years. One for ages. The home records of some teams have been uncan Chelsea FC. Their home stadium is team that really demonstrates this fact is North London based, three major renovations, but still named Stamford Bridge, and was first built in 1877. It has had 42,055 loyal Chelsea fans every remains in the same spot with the same base. The stadium holds home without a loss. The Chelsea game. This stadium has been home to 64 straight games at the club. (Home Record: The Full players have often thanked fans for their continued support of Roll Call) to the cheering sections that Often many teams have “cheering sections,” which are similar only difference is that the passion, students have at high-school and college sporting events. The known for having some of the best dedication, and size are much greater. Liverpool FC has been Continued on page 30

Zach Godat (green) is a Senior at CBC and plays for St. Louis Scott Gallagher U18 First Team.


Having Fun in the Florida Sun By Joe Pesek The chance to go to Florida is merely a dream for many young kids, with hopes of visiting the theme parks and numerous entertainment locations. But for a group of St. Louis soccer players, this has become an annual

reality. Dave Pashia, a coach for the Lou Fusz Soccer Club, recently coached a group of six boys age 13 & 14 (whose team name was FC Barcelona) compete for the second consecutive year in the Kick It 3v3 National Soccer Tournament at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The tournament is a culmination of local events held in regional contests invited numerous cities around the U.S. throughout the year, with the winners of it 3v3 Tournament was to participate in the National Championship tournament. This year the Kick 1,300 teams (both boys held at the Disney Wide World of Sports, which hosted a total of more than ment, each team competes and girls in 17 divisions) in a single tournament. As a part of the tourna ing a few teams from against teams ranging from everywhere across the country and even includ Mexico and Canada. with a former teammate Consisting of players from the Lou Fusz and St. Louis Soccer Clubs, along year had only practiced who now plays for the Vardar Soccer Club in Michigan, the team this together once before leaving for Florida. However, having a core group of three players, while switching out two or three players annually because of scheduling conflicts, presented familiarity for most of the players.

3v3 soccer has become the fastest growing form of soccer in the world in recent years, mainly due to its more attractive fast paced style and higher amount of scoring. The reason 3v3 is so fast paced is because it‘s played on a small- sided field (which includes “kick-ins” on the sides), and of course having less players on the field. Substitutions happen quickly in short Continued on page 28




The History of Soccer in St. Louis: Part 1


By Dave Litterer of The American Soccer History Archives

t. Louis has a long history as one of the major hotbeds of soccer in the United States. During the early years of soccer, St. Louis was the western outpost of the major soccer regions as immigrant communities brought their game to the major industrial centers of the country. Unlike other regions, St. Louis was known mostly for the major amateur clubs that achieved national distinction in the US. Open Cup and National Amateur Cup during the middle part of the 20th century. Between 1920 and 1957, six different teams won the US Open Cup. Later, as the amateur circuit faded in prominence, St. Louis enjoyed distinction as a hotbed for college soccer as St. Louis University won a string of consecutive NCAA titles during the 1960s. Success at the amateur level paid off in bigger ways as St. Louis players had a prominent rule on the National Team. Five of the eleven players on the team that defeated England in the 1950 World Cup were from St. Louis, and every World Cup squad had at least one St. Louis player on its roster. In addition, twenty St. Louis soccer personalities are enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. When the North American Soccer League began play in 1967, the St. Louis Stars, a charter franchise, pioneered a developmental policy that emphasized recruitment and development of local American talent bucking the league’s trend towards employing aging international stars. More recently, St. Louis has been primarily known for its indoor soccer teams, and the city’s importance in the national soccer scene has been muted as fans look for the possibility of a Major League Soccer team to bring the region back into prominence. However, the city still enjoys a reputation as a key part in the development of US soccer throughout the early years of the sport in the country.

Beginnings The earliest record of organized soccer in St. Louis dates to 1881. Then, in 1891, the St. Louis Soccer League was organized and before long, amateur soccer was flourishing in the city. Unlike other cities where clubs were often associated with immigrant working communities and sponsored by ethnic social clubs, many of the major clubs in St. Louis were associated with churches and parishes, and later with manufacturing & retail companies. 1943-44 El Reys Championship team: Kneeling: Jim Woods, Tom Duffy, Bob Marshall, Art Paginini, Ed Leahy, John Dooley, Ray Standing: Scotty Wilson (trainer), Ed Begley, Maury Kramer, Bobo Lyons, Dan Neaf, Frank Pastor, Chubby Lyons, Bob CorThe catholic parishes in St. Louis, Marsek. bett, Larry Kickham, Joe Stratmann, Jim Lanigan, Irv Rhinehard (sponsor) and Ed McHugh, (manager) through the CYC chapters, adopted soccer as an inexpensive mass participation sport for their recreational programs, and it wasn’t long before the top teams were winning national honors. One result of this is the long history in St. Louis of developing home grown talent rather than attracting foreign players to the top level professional leagues.


Soccer St. Louis Magazine The Kensingtons won the first two league championships, followed by Blue Bells and St. Teresa’s. Later, the first dynasty was established by St. Leo’s who won nine consecutive championships between 1905 and 1914. St. Leo’s was originally composed entirely of members of the St. Leo’s Sodality, a men’s 1947-48 Raiders: Top row from left: Tony Mercurio, trainer, Leo Puttin, Bill Mehan, Bill Murphy, Bill Keogh, Harold Dia, Phil Kavanaugh, Ollie Bohlman, Bob Corbett, Amiel Munuz and Nick Jost, sponsor. Bottom row: Mike (Tusky) Montani, Gus Alberici, Frank Licavoli, Blow Muniz, Abe Fitzgerald and Harry Keough church organization. After the team opened its memberships to outsiders, it began its championship run. They were also the first team to tour the East playing a series of New Jersey teams. St. Louis soccer grew very early on and the leagues have been strong from the beginning, but the city also had a very independent tradition. Even after the local association joined the United States Soccer Federation, it remained somewhat aloof, not fully integrating itself into the national body until 1918.

The First Amateur Golden Age The St. Louis Major League adopted a semi-professional status in 1906 and merged with the St. Louis Association Football League in 1915. They continued as the primary circuit for the region, with the St. Louis Municipal League operating as a junior circuit in a purely amateur status. By this time, Ben Millers had begun their run, winning three consecutive league championships from 1915-1918. Once the St. Louis leagues fully integrated with the USSF in 1918, they entered U. S. Open Cup competition. They made their mark fairly quickly, with Ben Millers becoming the first area soccer club to enter the US Open Cup in 1920. Their winning team was composed entirely of St. Louis based players, while their opponents, Fore River Shipyard of Quincy, MA, featured eleven British born players. The Ben Millers continued to win city titles in 1925, 1926 and 1927, and also reached the US Open Cup final in 1926, losing to Bethlehem Steel 7-2. Scullins Steel followed Ben Millers, as they made the Open Cup finals in 1921, won it in 1922, and were cochampion in 1923. Like many other industrial teams, they had a short life. Such teams were often dropped when team performance did not mesh with corporate bottom lines; this trend would be endemic throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Later in the 1920s, the St. Louis League became more of a purely amateur circuit, but clubs continued to do well in the national scene. St. Leo’s and Ben Millers continued playing, folding in the early 1940s. St. Louis clubs were at a disadvantage due to the lack of stability resulting from their reliance on corporate sponsorship rather than the more stable ethnic social organizations prevalent in other metropolitan areas. This is not to say that there were no ethnic influences in St. Louis Soccer. The Carondalet region featured many Spanish-American teams, particularly in the Municipal League, St. Abrose Parish featured SUMMER ‘08 21

Feature a number of Italian-American squads, and the St. Louis Kickers were dominated by German players. During the 1930s, the pre-eminent club of the St. Louis Major League reached the US Open Cup finals six straight years, from 1932-1937, but under three different names. As Stix, Baer & Fuller (the department store), they were runnerup in 1932 and champions in 1933 and 1934. As Central Breweries they took the gold in 1935, and were again runnersup as St. Louis Shamrocks in 1936 and 1937. In 1934, three of their players were on the USA Squad at World Cup 1934: Bill McLean, and hall of famers Billy Gonsalves and Werner Nilsen. This was the first major club to rely primarily on players outside of the St. Louis area. In 1933, following the demise of the first American Soccer League, they made a wholesale importation of players from the New England Whalers, including Billy Gonsalves, Alex McNab, Werner Nilsen, Bill McPherson and Bob Watson. This was fitting revenge on the team that had defeated them the previous year in the Open Cup final, and the players had a pivotal role in the club’s Open Cup triumphs over the next few years. Beyond these standouts, many St. Louis teams made good runs in the earlier rounds of the US Open Cup. The depression eventually made its impact felt on the corporatesponsored St. Louis teams, and they receded in the late 1930s with the St. Louis Major League suspending play in 1938. The War had a major impact as many players were called off to serve in the armed forces.

1933-34 SEASON SUNSHINE LAUNDRY IN THE MUNY LEAGUE: Front row left to right: Whitie Zurfluh, Matt McLaughlin, Bob Corbett, Joe Phelan, Charles (Rooster) Corbett, Bill O’Shaughnessy, Art Wack, John Griffin or Larry Stamps (not sure), Mascot Irv Schurwan. Back row left to right: Bud Carney, Charlie (Bat) Gallagher, Jim Andreatta, Dude O’Neil, Mike Delaney, Joe O’Hare, Ed (Axel) Delaney, John (Red) Corbett, Bill Corbett, Elmer (Banty) Schurwan, John Rooney


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1946 St. Louis All-Stars: front row from left: Herm Mugaverio, Frank (Peewee) Wallace, Bob Corbett, Larry Kickham, Bill Bertain, Dick Lodderhose, Herm Wecke, Jack Keenoy, Art Garcia, and Amiel Muniz. Second row: Manager Paul Spica, Ollie Bohlman, Charlie Pozza, Gino Pariana, Ed Buckley, Henry Merlo, John Finn, Leo Lange, and assistant coach Joe Lyons. Third row: Head coach Harry Ratican, Earl Kestler, Bob Annis, Charlie Colombo, Danny Murphy, John Galimberti and assistant coach Ed McHugh. Back row: Trainer Tom Martin, Frank Borghi, Bill Meehan, Mil Valdez, and trainer vince Costello

Photos courtesy of Bob Corbett - -

The amateur clubs began their return to prominence in the St. Louis Municipal League as the war was winding down; St. Louis Rafferty’s reached the finals of the National Amateur Cup, losing to Eintrach FC of New York 1-0 in 1945. St. Louis Carondelets made the finals two years later, only to lose to Fall River Ponta Delgada, 10-1. In 1949, St. Louis Zenthoefer became the third team in five years to lose in the finals, as they fell to SC Elizabeth of New Jersey under an onslaught of six goals. St. Louis had its next foray into semi-pro soccer in 1947, when the St. Louis Raiders joined the North American Soccer League, an organization that attempted to establish professional soccer throughout the Midwest as a complement to the American Soccer League which operated on the East Coast. The league was popular, with strong teams, but financially it could not make ends meet and folded after two seasons. The Raiders finished at the bottom of the standings in their only season, and returned to the amateur ranks where they would go on to future success. Dave Litterer has been researching American soccer history since 1995, and is the co-author of “The Encyclopedia of American Soccer History”, with Colin Jose and Roger Allaway. He has maintained since 1995 the American Soccer History Archives on the internet and is currently the office manager at the Campus Recreation Office at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Next Issue: Part 2: The second amateur golden age and College Dynasty – St. Louis University

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Nutrition with Kelly Burke

Nutrition Advice for Muscle Cramps Use this information to maximize your performance and create your own pre-game nutrition plan. By eating the right types of foods and at the right times you will be ready for kick off! Kelly Burke is a registered dietitian (RD, LD) and certified personal trainer, specializing in nutrition for athletic performance. Kelly provides diet instruction and personalized nutrition plans for athletes of all levels, which translate into enhanced sports performance and improved overall health. She works with both competitive and non-competitive athletes by offering nutritional instruction for sportsspecific training, events, or competitions. Kelly continues her studies as a Research Technician in the Division of Applied Physiology at Washington University. 20 24


by kelly burke

occer is such a physically demanding sport with its long duration and high intensity that muscles are often challenged to the point of complete exhaustion. Because of this, muscle cramps are a common malady for soccer players. When muscle fibers are overloaded and pushed to the point of fatigue, rapid onset of a cramp can occur typically in the calves, quadriceps and hamstrings. Stretching, massage, and ice are ways to relieve muscle cramps, but did you know that certain foods can also help prevent and relieve cramps? Often times (especially in the upcoming warmer months) muscle cramps are related to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. By simply drinking more fluids on game and practice days, athletes can “pre-hydrate� their body. As a general rule, a player should drink enough water so they have to urinate every two to four hours. However, to prevent electrolyte imbalances, players also need to eat certain foods rich in three important minerals: sodium, calcium, and potassium. (See boxes below for recommend foods). By incorporating these foods into snacks and meals, soccer players can decrease their risk of getting cramps during or after games.


minerals that can make or break you

A significant amount of sodium is lost though sweat; so unlike the general population, athletes do not need to necessarily buy low sodium or salt free foods. Calcium is a mineral required for muscle contraction, so eating at least two servings of calcium-rich foods a day is very important. Potassium is another mineral that regulates muscle contraction. It works in conjunction with sodium and is also lost through sweat. Fatigue, weakness and cramping can occur if the diet is chronically low in potassium. It is true that certain individuals are more apt to get cramps, mostly excessive sweaters, so these players in particular should plan ahead to make sure all three minerals are incorporated in the diet in addition to drinking fluids throughout the day.

Soccer St. Louis Magazine Despite these precautions, soccer players may still experience muscles cramping, either when the muscle begins to twitch uncontrollably, or when the muscle completely tightens unexpectedly. Both can be painful and force the athlete to stop playing. When this happens, fluids should be immediately given, preferably one with electrolytes like Gatorade. This way, the muscle can receive the minerals needed to function properly again. Continuously sipping on cool water over the next few minutes is critical as well. Finally, if a player must be taken out of the game due to a cramp or if it is half time and players are cramping up, they can eat pretzels, raisins, bananas, and drink calcium fortified orange juice. These are also all good snacks to have on hand for players immediately after games and practices.

Kelly’s Take-Home Tips: 1) Go into games/practices well hydrated (carry a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day)and 2) Eat a pre-workout snack rich in sodium, calcium and potassium (for example: a large banana spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins and a glass of OJ)

3) Drink an electrolyte drink (like Gatorade) during and after exercise 4) Drink 2 cups of water right when you wake up in the morning and right before you go to bed at night to prevent cramps from occurring the day after your game or in the middle of the night while you sleep

5) Eat 2-3 pieces of fruit and 2-3 vegetable servings a day as they are your richest source of minerals and electrolytes

Na Sodium

Ca Calcium

Whole wheat pretzels Whole grain crackers Soups Nuts Pickles Cottage cheese

Yogurt Milk String Cheese Broccoli Spinach Almonds Fortified OJ

K Potassium Sweet potatoes Bananas Baked potato (with skin) Soybeans (Edamame) Yogurt Raisins Figs Avocado

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STL Area Soccer Spotlight Boys of Brazil In front of a packed house, the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club hosted a special, once in a lifetime event. The U20 Brazilian National Team came to the Scott Gallagher Training Facility and played the Scott Gallagher Academy All-Stars (1-0 Brazil) and SIU-Edwardsville (1-0 Brazil) in 50-minute mini games. A special thank you to the Mid-Rivers Soccer Club for their help sponsoring this event. Thank you to stldigital,,, St. Louis Soccer United and the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club for their help in making this night a tremendous success.

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CBC - Dutch Touch Returns From Successful Holland Trip The St. Louis contingent returned after spending 8 days in Holland. The trip was well-planned, fast paced and provided memories that will last a lifetime. The St. Louis group combined with some of the young Dutch players, those that came to St. Louis last summer as part of the International Camp in July, to compete in the Venray Easter Tournament. This tournament had 450 teams from 15 different countries and in our pool we played teams from Austria, Denmark, Holland and England. This tournament is the European equivalent of the Dallas Cup. It is billed as the largest spring European Tournament . The quality of the teams that we played was very good. We played 6 games in the tournament. In addition to the Tournament we played 3 ‘friendlies’ of the Dutch teams from our host families, had 4 training sessions with top licensed Dutch coaches, went to a Professional game, visited 2 Professional team sites (NEC Nijmegen and Ajax Amsterdam), with tours provided and did our fair share of sightseeing and viewing historical and cultural points of interest. The players stayed 4-night s with host families and 4 nights in a Hotel.

It is our intention to return during the spring of 2009 and provide more St. Louis players with the chance to travel and experience the best of European soccer. Also, we met some of the players coming to St. Louis this summer for the International Camp, July 20-25 at CBC, and they are excited about coming to St. Louis. This summer we continued with our International Program as we welcomed young Dutch players and licensed Dutch coaches to St. Louis for our 2nd International Camp. This was a great opportunity for the elite St. Louis players to meet, train and play with young Dutch players who have developed in a different system with a very different approach. As we witnessed during our trip, the level of play is fast, clean and always with a purpose. They place a high value on clean technique with quick passing combinations. There is a sort of sophistication in their play that is based on confidence on the ball and an awareness of tactical situations. Applications are being accepted for the camp and we have received some already. Apply early so as not to be left out. Space is limited and when the Camps fills, we will not accept any more applications. Check on for information and application or contact Terry Michler @

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in short shifts, as the fast-paced game becomes very tiring in a short amount of time. “The biggest difference between 3v3 & 11v11 is the number of touches and the need for constant focus,” said Pashia. “With 11v11 there are times when the ball is on the opposite side of the field or waiting on a goal kick... where you aren’t


penalized for lack of focus. In 3v3 if you lose that focus for even a split second, you can give up a goal.” FC Barcelona was able to reach the quarterfinals this year, which was somewhat disappointing to them as they were able to reach the semifinals last year. “Our boys

competed hard again, and we’ve shown that we can play with any team in the country,” said Pashia. “While we were disappointed with the result, the boys will continue to compete with and against one another for year’s to come, which is what the spirit of competition is all about.”

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Continued from page 18 and most inspiring fans in regards to the chants they have. The LFC fans all have seats in one section of their stadium: The Anfield, also called The Kopp. Liverpool’s motto for the club is “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Many times during the game, The Kopp, sing in unison “When you walk through a storm, Hold your head up high, And don’t be afraid of the dark, At the end of a storm, There’s a golden sky, And the sweet silver song of a lark, Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Though your dreams be tossed and blown, Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never walk alone, Walk on, walk on, What is Kids & Strangers? with hope in your heart, And you’ll Family Version A child safety DVD that shows how to prevent never walk alone, You’ll never walk abductions by strangers and acquaintances. alone.” (Walk On) Fan chants are For individual Family viewing (English and Spanish versions). Versions for Families and Child Protection one of the best forms of motivation Professionals. for the players and Liverpool FC is Professional Version one of the best when it comes to the For Law Enforcement, Public Safety chants. and Child Protection Agencies and Another team that has an Professionals. outstanding fan base is Turkish For individual officer or staff training, club, Fenerbache S.K. Their fans for group training and for community often bring flares to the games. The presentations by qualified personnel. fans then light them all at the same time and it gives the appearance of How do I get copies? the whole stadium being on fire. These two clubs have some of the The Family version of Kids & Strangers is most dedicated fans in soccer, and available for a retail price of $10.00 through local community groups such as PTA’s, Schools, and their teams often rally behind the Clubs, who use it to raise money for their own support of their fans. group. Please contact your local community In Scotland, the best two What does it cover? organization, and ask them to contact us if they do not already distribute Kids & Strangers. teams control most of the lands fan Part I – Empowering Children (6-10 year olds) support. The top team, Celtic F.C., If you are from a Law Enforcement or A day in the life of six-year-old Michael and has one of the highest fan support Child Protection agency or association, his nine-year-old sister, Jessica. totals in the entire world, but not to obtain copies of the Professional version Going to School ~ The Playground ~ Home of Kids & Strangers, please contact just because they are good. The Alone ~ Who is a Stranger? ~ Early Internet Safety. fans of Celtic are known to be all Kid Escape – the “Grip, Dip & Spin” technique Catholic. The Catholic supporters for breaking free from an abductor. in Scotland cheer for Celtic, while Part II – Texting, Talking and Internet Predators the Presbyterian’s support the most (11-18 year olds) decorated club in all of Europe, Teens talk about their online experiences. Rangers F.C. This just goes to show First person lessons, 911 calls and 911 operator interviews, that even religion can play a factor dramatic recreations. in who a soccer fan chooses to root Part III – Parent Tips, Family Talk and Walk (Parents) for. The fans of these clubs all have What parents need to know and do – ID kits, safe houses, trusted adults in the neighborhood, smart ground rules, computer placement and safety, and much more... one thing in common; they help their team win with their continued support for their respective clubs. 30

Effort will be rewarded. Hard work will pay off. My time will come. I will be ready. Will You?

Dreams will come true!

Spring 2009






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