St. Louis, MO (October 3, 2016) St. Louis Scott Gallagher Boys Technical Directors, Kevin Kalish (MO) and Blake Decker (IL), have announced the Saint Louis FC Under 18 Academy roster for the match against the U.S. Under 17 Men's National Team. The team will be coached by Tim Lees (SLSG MO) and Kevin Stoll (SLSG IL). Kickoff is at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 8th at the World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, MO.
"It is a great opportunity for the organization to showcase the development of some of our players," said Stoll. "For the players, it is once in a lifetime chance to play the best of the best in our country and a great experience for all and is expected to be a great night for St. Louis soccer."
The 20 man roster is made up of 12 players from the SLSG Missouri Academy Program and 8 players from the SLSG Illinois Academy Program. The team sheet is filled out with 2 goalkeepers, 8 midfielders, 7 defenders, and 3 forwards.
Goalkeeper, IL - Gage Steiner – "Big and athletic shot stopper, his size helps him command his 18-yard box." – Kevin Stoll – SLSG IL Academy
Goalkeeper, MO - Seth Stiebel – "Technically efficient goalkeeper, good in the air, and plays well with his feet to get the team out of the opponent's press." – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Defender, IL - Kyle Swanner – "Smart player, technically sound. Likes to get forward out of the back. His versatility makes him valuable." – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Defender, MO - Aedan Stanley – "Technically very efficient player at the back, excellent at stepping into midfield and eliminating opponent's lines with the ball" – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Defender, IL - Will Showers – "Honest defender who is tough to beat 1v1. Plays a very accurate long ball." – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Defender, IL - Jack Maher – "Unbelievable leader both by example and through communication. Jack has a great soccer IQ and is technically very solid" – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Defender, IL - Reed Hawkins - "Shutdown 1v1 defender. Quick to start the attack with his distribution." – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Defender, MO - Chase Niece – "Tough in the air and a great ball winner on the turf." – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Defender, MO - Evan DeGreef – "A defender who is strong in 1v1 situations and has a good tactical understanding of the game" - Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, IL - Orlando Arreola – "Very smart holding midfielder. Reads the game extremely well. Defensively impactful and is able to play out of pressure." – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Midfielder, MO - Kyle Barks – "An energizer in midfield with a great work rate" – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, MO - Nick Faddis – "Attacking midfield player who has good efficiency to outplay opponents individually and create" – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, MO - Matteo Kidd – "'Spider in the web' midfield player who connects the game very well and receives well consistently in high-pressure areas." - Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, IL- Blake Little – "Box to box midfielder. Has a very high work rate throughout the 90 minutes. Creative off the dribble." - Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Midfielder, MO - Jacob Phillips – "Very efficient in 1v1 situations, can outplay opponents and has excellent creativity and individual efficiency." – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, MO - Armando Sanchez – "Midfield player who has a great pressing mentality and receives well under pressure." – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Midfielder, MO Alex Welch – "Technically strong central midfield player from England who understands how to control the tempo of the game." – Tim Lees, SLSG MO Academy
Forward, IL - Ben Brodie – "Typical target forward, always eager to get in behind with his runs." – Kevin Stoll, SLSG IL Academy
Roster Notes: Aedan Stanley, Seth Stiebel and Jack Maher have all received U.S. National Youth Development Team call-ups. Aedan Stanley is the first SLSG Academy player to make an appearance for the Saint Louis FC first team.
Tickets are now on sale at SaintLouisFC.com or call the Marco Box Office at 636-680-0997.