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St. Louis Lions Down Kansas City Brass in PDL Action

St. Louis Lions press release.

Kansas City, KS…The St Louis Lions earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over cross state rivals the Kansas City Brass on a steamy evening at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.

The Lions stormed out of the gates early and scored in the first 5 minutes of the game when forward Henrique Suosa chased down a ball on the right side and found Pat Kelly at the near post. Kelly’s goal was his first of the season.

Later in the half the Lions went up 2-0 when Henrique Suosa buried a driven cross by Gavin Smith. Smith stole the ball from the Brass midfield and charged past the defender leading to the cross.

The Lions continued to put pressure and had numerous opportunities in the half but failed to add to the score. Pat Kelly was stopped on a point blank header late in the half and Smith missed the goal by inches late in the half.

In the second half the Lions continued to attack but the Brass would not give up. The Brass scored from a free kick jus outside the Lions goal box in the 67the minute.

The Brass tied the game in the 73rd minute when Ricardo Yeverino outpaced the Lions defense on a thru ball.

The Lions lead by the scrappy play of Pat Kelly were not finished. Kelly, who had 2 assists in his last game, controlled the right side of the midfield and beat the Brass defender one-on-one. Kelly served the ball to the back post to a camped out Dan Meagher who headed it home to give the Lions a 3-2 victory. Meagher earned a yellow on the play for his celebration.

The Lions return home next weekend to face the Kansas City Brass on June 11th on St Louis Soccer Day.

Lions Roar to First Victory of Season

St. Louis Lions Press Release

St Louis, MO…The Lions put a win in the win column with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Springfield Demize. Tarik Sehovic and Gavin “Dodgy” Smith each had a pair of goals to propel the Lions to victory.

Springfield struck first in the 26th minute when Jonathan Hinds slipped a ball past Lions keeper DJ Lampert who was making his first start of the season for the Lions.

The Lions evened the score in the 33rd minute when Pat Kelly was sent in behind the Demize defense and placed a perfect cross to Kenny Kranz who tucked it neatly into the corner of the goal. Kelly had two assists on the night also assisting on the next Lions goal by Tarik Sehovic.

“Pat was great tonight he really worked hard and his energy gave us a lift.” said Lions Head Coach Tony Glavin

The Lions Sehovic struck again for the Lions in the 64th minute to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.
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Round 2: The Rematch for St Louis and Des Moines

 St. Louis, Mo. (May 20th, 2011)- The St Louis Lions hit the road for their second consecutive match against the Des Moines Menace on Saturday night. The Lions will then return home on Sunday to face Real Colorado in the Home Opener, 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St Charles. Both weekend matchups are qualifying matches for the prestigious US Open Cup.

“This is a big weekend for us and all of our players are ready,” says Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We played well last weekend and we came up short but this weekend is a different game and we will go in and work hard to get a different result. We need the to win this game to stay alive in the Open Cup.”

The Lions dropped the season opener last Saturday night 2-1. The Lions came out aggressive in the game and went on top 1-0, on a head ball by Ernad Cavka at the 30 minute mark. In the second half the Lions gave up two goals in the eventual loss.  

After the game Saturday night the Lions will return home in preparations for their Home Opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.

“It’s the Home Opener and we can’t wait to play in front of our fans.” Said Jonny Brown Lions midfielder “I can’t wait to hear our fans cheering for us but first we have a job to do on Saturday night and we can’t think about that now. We need to win in Des Moines”

This is the sixth season for the Lions in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. The Lions hold a 4-1 record on Home Openers.

“Every year we look to improve and this year I think we have stepped up our talent level once again. This will be an exciting season but we have a tough start in facing Des Moines twice and the Colorado. This is the Heartland Conference it is solid from top to bottom.” said Mike Poropat Assistant Head Coach of the Lions.    

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament features teams from four of the five tiers of the American Soccer Pyramid. These four levels—Major League Soccer, United Soccer League’s Pro League, the USL’s Premier Development League, the National Premier Soccer League, and the United States Adult Soccer Association— each have their own separate qualification process to trim their ranks down to their final club delegations in the months leading up to the start of the tournament proper.

The event will feature 40 teams. Eight clubs from Major League Soccer will participate, six that automatically qualify based on last season’s league position and two that qualify through a play-in tournament. In addition, 11 USL Pro League clubs, 9 clubs from the USL Premier Development League, 4 clubs from the National Premier Soccer League, and 8 USASA clubs and will also qualify.

For information on 2011 Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Individual Game Tickets call 636-939-5151 or visit www.stllions

Press release from the St. Louis Lions.

Open Letter to USSF from NASL Supporters Groups

 This is an email from “Uncle Ed ” Serrano endorsed by several NASL club supporters groups addressed to the USSF and it’s president, Mr. Sunil Gulati.

February 1, 2011

President Sunil Gulati
U.S. Soccer Federation
1801 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Dear President Gulati,

As supporters of North American Soccer League (NASL) clubs, we would like to voice our concern regarding the recent decision by your Federation to rescind the provisional Division 2 status of the NASL. We are personally appalled by the decision of the Federation to deny second division sanctioning to the NASL. Many fans were positively encouraged by the interest the USSF paid to second division soccer this season, and were pleased by the new standards put in place to ensure stability and continuity at the second division level. We thank the USSF for the interest and leadership you have provided during 2010 to stabilize and maintain second division.

Should our community be deprived of high level, but affordable entertainment in the form of NASL soccer for 2011, fans will be starved of access to the beautiful game. Without professional soccer in our community, many fans may simply move on to other sports and an opportunity to continue the upward trajectory of interest in soccer here at home will be lost.

For our youth soccer community, it is imperative that the NASL play at the second division level this season. The USSF is striving to improve soccer in the United States and improve our national team. But if we deny young fans in five key American soccer markets local heroes to emulate and a club to support, we potentially lose a generation of kids who can help make the United States the best we can be in World Soccer. The partner federations and communities in Canada and Puerto Rico would also be severely affected.
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NSC Minnesota Stars GK Joe Warren Retires

Joe Warren

From the front office of  the NSC Minnesota Stars.

MINNEAPOLIS,Minn. (JANUARY 27, 2011)

Chants of  “You’ll never beat Joe Warren” will no longer pour from the stands and beer garden at the National Sports Center Stadium. NSC Minnesota Stars goalkeeper Joe Warren announced his retirement Thursday after 13 seasons of professional soccer in his native Minnesota.

Warren played 12 seasons for the Minnesota Thunder before retiring after the
2007 season. He was a member of the Thunder’s 1999 A-League Championship
winning side. After his first retirement, he worked in the operations
department at the National Sports Center, prompting his return to the
game in 2010 when the NSC founded the Stars. Warren unexpectedly took
over the starting goalkeeper role after Louis Crayton’s season-ending
knee injury during the first half of the Stars’ first game last season.

“When I signed last year, my plan was to only play one more season,” Warren
said. “However, the 2010 season was extremely special for me, between
the group of guys I met in March and the playoff run at the end of the
season, it became a much more difficult decision to hang up the boots
for good when the season ended.”
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St. Louis Lions Alumni Attend USL Combines; Lions Announce Open Tryouts

St. Louis Lions news releases.

St Louis, MO…St Louis Lions players continue to move onto the professional ranks and two more have an opportunity to impress scouts this weekend at the UMBRO USL Combine which will be hosted by the Charleston Battery of USL PRO at the club’s famous Blackbaud Stadium from January 20-23 in Charleston, SC.  

Defenders Alen Bradaric and Terrance Cosby as well as 101 additional players will be working out for soccer US and International scouts. More than 400 players applied to participate in this year’s combine, which offers a showcase for PDL alumni, recent college graduates and international talent to take their shot at the next level.

“I am very excited about the combine.  It has always been my dream to play at the professional level.  Ever since I was a kid in Bosnia I wanted to play.” Says Alen Bradaric.  “Who knew I would end up in St Louis and have the opportunity to go pro and my experience with the Lions has really helped me develop professionally.”
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FC Tampa Bay Names Ricky Hill as New Head Coach

From the NASL website:

FC Tampa Bay announces the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rowdies player and coach Ricky Hill as head coach.

Hill, who hails from England, began his soccer career at the age of 17 playing for Luton Town Football Club in 1976, scoring in his professional debut against Bristol Rovers. He played for Luton until 1989, making 436 League appearances and scoring 54 goals. Hill was part of the squads who won the 1981 Second Division Championship and the 1988 Littlewoods Cup.

“Ricky has the right mix of experience and knowledge of our league to lead this club. He has played at the highest levels in Europe and America and also has been a successful coach in America and abroad. Ricky has been awarded coaching accolades in several leagues, having managed some of the world’s top players today,” said President and Owner Andrew Nestor. “Ricky is a part of Tampa Bay soccer history and tradition, and we are proud to welcome him back.”
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