Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer
The Saint Louis Billikens men's soccer team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of Saint Louis University. The Saint Louis Billikens compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Soccer is the main fall sport at SLU, which has not sponsored football since 1949. Noted for their dominance in men's collegiate soccer during the late 1950s through the mid-1970s, the Billikens have won 10 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships, the most of any men's college soccer program. Despite this, the Billikens have not appeared in an NCAA national championship final since 1974, have appeared in the college cup twice since then: 1991 and 1997. Of their ten titles, nine were outright earned by the Billikens and their 1972 title was shared with San Francisco Dons. During their dynasty run from the 1960s through 1970s, the team was coached by Bob Guelker during their first five championships, while Harry Keough coached the last five championship teams at SLU. Dan Donigan was the most recent head coach, serving from February 2001 until he resigned in January 2010 to accept a position at Rutgers.
Presently, the Billikens are coached by Kevin Kalish. As of October 2016Note: Flags indicate national team. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Coaching Staff The following table shows the sixteen-year span from 1959 to 1974 in which SLU won 10 NCAA titles. In the six seasons in which SLU did not win, they finished second three times, reached the semifinals once, reached the quarterfinals once, reached the round-of-16 once. In all 16 seasons, the NCAA tournament was either won by SLU or by the team that had beaten SLU. 1950s–1980s Mike Shanahan — Played on 1959 and 1960 championship teams Carl Gentile — Played with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League. S. national team Pat McBride — Played 10 seasons with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League. S. national team Al Trost — Played with the St. Louis Stars and other teams in the North American Soccer League. S. national team Pat Leahy — Played on three of the school's national championship soccer teams.
S. national team. S. national team. S. national team Brad Davis — plays for Houston Dynamo. S. national team Dipsy Selolwane — played 4 seasons in MLS. S. national team caps Chad Vandegriffe — played professionally in USL, MISL, MASLNote: The number in parentheses indicates the year the player graduated from SLU. College Cup 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1967 1969, 1970, 1972, & 1973Atlantic 10 Tournament2009, 2012 A Time for Champions, a film which chronicled the school's soccer dominance in the 1960s and 70s. Keough Award — given to the top male and female soccer players from the St. Louis, Missouri area. St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Soccer in St. Louis Saint Louis–SIU Edwardsville men's soccer rivalry Saint Louis Billikens Men's Soccer Official Website
St. Louis is an independent city and major inland port in the U. S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois; the Missouri River merges with the Mississippi River just north of the city. These two rivers combined form the fourth longest river system in the world; the city had an estimated 2017 population of 308,626 and is the cultural and economic center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, the second-largest in Illinois, the 22nd-largest in the United States. Before European settlement, the area was a regional center of Native American Mississippian culture; the city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by French fur traders Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau, named after Louis IX of France. In 1764, following France's defeat in the Seven Years' War, the area was ceded to Spain and retroceded back to France in 1800. In 1803, the United States acquired the territory as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
During the 19th century, St. Louis became a major port on the Mississippi River, it separated from St. Louis County in 1877, becoming an independent city and limiting its own political boundaries. In 1904, it hosted the Summer Olympics; the economy of metropolitan St. Louis relies on service, trade, transportation of goods, tourism, its metro area is home to major corporations, including Anheuser-Busch, Express Scripts, Boeing Defense, Energizer, Enterprise, Peabody Energy, Post Holdings, Edward Jones, Go Jet and Sigma-Aldrich. Nine of the ten Fortune 500 companies based in Missouri are located within the St. Louis metropolitan area; this city has become known for its growing medical and research presence due to institutions such as Washington University in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. St. Louis has two professional sports teams: the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball and the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. One of the city's iconic sights is the 630-foot tall Gateway Arch in the downtown area.
The area that would become St. Louis was a center of the Native American Mississippian culture, which built numerous temple and residential earthwork mounds on both sides of the Mississippi River, their major regional center was at Cahokia Mounds, active from 900 to 1500. Due to numerous major earthworks within St. Louis boundaries, the city was nicknamed as the "Mound City"; these mounds were demolished during the city's development. Historic Native American tribes in the area included the Siouan-speaking Osage people, whose territory extended west, the Illiniwek. European exploration of the area was first recorded in 1673, when French explorers Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette traveled through the Mississippi River valley. Five years La Salle claimed the region for France as part of La Louisiane; the earliest European settlements in the area were built in Illinois Country on the east side of the Mississippi River during the 1690s and early 1700s at Cahokia and Fort de Chartres. Migrants from the French villages on the opposite side of the Mississippi River founded Ste.
Genevieve in the 1730s. In early 1764, after France lost the 7 Years' War, Pierre Laclède and his stepson Auguste Chouteau founded what was to become the city of St. Louis; the early French families built the city's economy on the fur trade with the Osage, as well as with more distant tribes along the Missouri River. The Chouteau brothers gained a monopoly from Spain on the fur trade with Santa Fe. French colonists used African slaves as domestic workers in the city. France, alarmed that Britain would demand French possessions west of the Mississippi and the Missouri River basin after the losing New France to them in 1759–60, transferred these to Spain as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain; these areas remained in Spanish possession until 1803. In 1780 during the American Revolutionary War, St. Louis was attacked by British forces Native American allies, in the Battle of St. Louis; the founding of St. Louis began in 1763. Pierre Laclede led an expedition to set up a fur-trading post farther up the Mississippi River.
Before Laclede had been a successful merchant. For this reason, he and his trading partner Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent were offered monopolies for six years of the fur trading in that area. Although they were only granted rights to set-up a trading post and other members of his expedition set up a settlement; some historians believe that Laclede's determination to create this settlement was the result of his affair with a married woman Marie-Thérèse Bourgeois Chouteau in New Orleans. Laclede on his initial expedition was accompanied by Auguste Chouteau; some historians still debate. The reason for this lingering question is that all the documentation of the founding was loaned and subsequently destroyed in a fire. For the first few years of St. Louis's existence, the city was not recognized by any of the governments. Although thought to be under the control of the Spanish government, no one asserted any authority over the settlement, thus St. Louis had no local government; this led Laclede to assume a position of civil control, all problems were disposed i
United States men's national soccer team
The United States Men's National Soccer Team is controlled by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. The team has appeared in ten FIFA World Cups, including the first in 1930, where they reached the semi-finals; the U. S. participated in the 1950 World Cups, winning 1 -- 0 against England in the latter. After 1950, the U. S. did not qualify for the World Cup until 1990. The U. S. hosted the 1994 World Cup. They qualified for five more consecutive World Cups after 1994, becoming one of the tournament's regular competitors and advancing to the knockout stage; the U. S. reached the quarter-finals of the 2002 World Cup. In the 2009 Confederations Cup, they eliminated top-ranked Spain in the semi-finals before losing to Brazil in the final, their only appearance in the final of a major intercontinental tournament; the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, having been eliminated in continental qualifying, ending the streak of consecutive World Cups at seven.
United States will co-host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico, the automatic qualification of all three teams is as co-hosts. The U. S. competes in continental tournaments, including the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Copa América. The U. S. won six Gold Cups, has achieved a fourth-place finish in two Copa Américas, including the 2016 edition. The team's head coach is Gregg Berhalter, since November 29, 2018. Earnie Stewart is the team's General Manager since August 1, 2018; the first U. S. national soccer team was constituted in 1885, when it played Canada in the first international match held outside the United Kingdom. Canada defeated the U. S. 1–0 in Newark, New Jersey. The U. S. had its revenge the following year when it beat Canada 1–0 in Newark, although neither match was recognized. The U. S. earned both silver and bronze medals in men's soccer at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics through Christian Brothers College and St. Rose Parish, though the tournament is declared official only by the IOC.
The U. S. played its first official international match under the auspices of U. S. Soccer on August 20, 1916, against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U. S. won 3–2. The U. S. fielded a team in the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay, the first World Cup to be played. The U. S. began group play by beating Belgium 3–0. The U. S. earned a 3–0 victory over Paraguay, with FIFA crediting Bert Patenaude with two of the goals. In November 2006, FIFA announced that it had accepted evidence that Patenaude scored all three goals against Paraguay, was thus the first person to score a hat trick in a World Cup. In the semifinals, the U. S. lost to Argentina 6–1. There was no third place game. However, using the overall tournament records in 1986, FIFA credited the U. S. with a third-place finish ahead of fellow semi-finalist Yugoslavia. This remains the U. S. team's best World Cup result, is the highest finish of any team from outside of South America and Europe. The U. S. qualified for the 1934 World Cup by defeating Mexico 4–2 in Italy a few days before the finals started.
In a straight knock-out format, the team first played host Italy and lost 7–1, eliminating the U. S. from the tournament. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the U. S. again lost to Italy in the first round and were eliminated, although this time with a score of 1-0. The 1950 World Cup in Brazil was the next World Cup appearance for the U. S. as it withdrew in 1938 and the tournament wasn't held again until 1950. The U. S. lost its first match 3–1 against Spain, but won 1–0 against England at Independência Stadium in Belo Horizonte. Striker Joe Gaetjens was the goal scorer. Called "The Miracle on Grass", the result is considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of the World Cup. Months before the World Cup, England had beaten an all-star "rest of Europe" side 6–1 in an exhibition match. In their third game of the tournament, a 5-2 defeat by Chile saw the U. S. eliminated from the tournament. It would be four decades before the U. S. would make another appearance in the World Cup finals. The national team spent the mid-to-late 20th century in near complete irrelevance in both the international game and the domestic sporting scene.
There was only one World Cup berth for CONCACAF during this period until 1982. The emergence of the North American Soccer League in the 1960s and 1970s raised hopes that the U. S. national team would soon become a global force. However such hopes were not realized and by the 1980s the U. S. Soccer Federation found itself in serious financial struggles, with the national team playing only two matches from 1981 to 1983. U. S. Soccer targeted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1986 World Cup as means of rebuilding the national team and its fan base; the International Olympic Committee declared that teams from outside Europe and South America could field full senior teams, including professionals. The U. S. had a strong showing at the tournament, beating Costa Rica, tying Egypt, losing only to favorite Italy and finishing 1–1–1 but didn't make the second round, losing to Egypt on a tiebreaker. To provide a more stable national team program and renew interest in the NASL, U. S. Soccer entered the national team into the NASL league schedule for the 1983 season as Team America.
This team lacked the continuity and regularity of training that conventional clubs enjoy, many players were unwilling to
Kati Jo Spisak
Kati Jo Spisak is retired American soccer player who played as a goalkeeper. She is an assistant coach for Washington Spirit in the NWSL. Spisak attended Texas A&M University where she was a three time All-American and team captain, on the Herman Trophy watch list, she would earn team honors as Newcomer of the Year and Defensive MVP. After college, Spisak began her professional career with Washington Freedom competing in USL W-League, she would step into starting goalkeeper after the retirement of Nicci Wright. During the restructing of the W-League into the new Women's Professional Soccer as the top flight women's league, the Washington Freedom drafted Spisak in Round 8. Ahead of the 2010 season, Spisak joined Saint Louis Athletica as a "developmental player," deputizing for Hope Solo. Athletica would fold mid-way during the season. After Athletica folded, Spisak made no appearances for the club. Spisak was named to the United States U-21 team that won the 2004 Nordic Cup. Ahead of the 2014 season, Spisak would return to Washington as an assistant coach for the Washington Spirit, supporting Mark Parson.
She worked as head coach of the Washington Spirit Reserves and guided the team to their first W-League Title in 2015. W-League: 2015
Taylor Twellman is a retired American international soccer player who played professionally from 1999 to 2009. Twellman is best known for his play with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer from 2002 to 2009, during which time he scored more goals in MLS than any other player, he was the youngest player to score 100 goals in MLS in 2009 at the age of 29, is New England's all-time leading goal scorer. Twellman was a five-time MLS all-star and in 2005 was the league MVP. Twellman earned 30 caps for the United States national team, scoring 6 international goals. Twellman has been active since his retirement in promoting awareness of concussions and working in the media, he works as a television analyst for ESPN. Taylor was raised in St. Louis and attended Saint Louis University High School, where he was an all-star athlete in American football, basketball and baseball, in which he was offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals. After graduating from SLUH in 1998, Twellman rejected the offer, electing to play soccer at Maryland on an athletic scholarship.
At Maryland, Twellman played soccer in 1998 and 1999. After only two seasons with the Terrapins, Twellman left college to turn professional. In 2000, Twellman signed with German Bundesliga club 1860 Munich, he spent two years with the team, but played for the reserve team in Division III, never played above the reserve level. Twellman returned to the U. S. when he was drafted second overall by the New England Revolution in the 2002 MLS SuperDraft. In Twellman's first season in MLS, he established himself as one of the best players in the league, scoring 23 goals, he finished second in league MVP voting, was named to the 2002 MLS Best XI. In the 2003 season, despite being beset by a number of injuries, Twellman finished tied with Carlos Ruiz of the L. A. Galaxy for top goalscorer of the league with 15, his production went down in 2004. Twellman's best MLS season came in 2005, winning both the Major League Soccer MVP Award and MLS Golden Boot, finishing the regular season with 17 goals, he was named to the 2005 MLS Best XI.
Twellman was the target of transfer talk when Odd Grenland of Norway made a $1.2 million bid for him, which MLS rejected. In February 2007, New England announced they had signed Twellman to a four-year contract worth $5 million. In 2007, Twellman won his first title with the Revolution: the US Open Cup, a season in which he finished third in MLS in goals scored; the Revolution won the Eastern Conference title, with Twellman scoring a spectacular bicycle kick against the Chicago Fire to secure the Revs' spot in the 2007 MLS Cup. Twellman scored the opening goal of the 2007 MLS Cup against Houston Dynamo. However, this would be New England's only goal as they would go on to lose their third straight MLS Cup by a score of 2–1. In January 2008, English Championship team Preston North End attempted to entice Major League Soccer and the New England Revolution to sell Twellman. Preston advanced an offer of $1.7 million, but MLS and the team rejected that offer, rejected another offer of $2.5 million, rejected another bid for $3 to $3.5 million, which would have been the fourth highest and the second highest transfer fee in MLS history to date.
Twellman suffered a neck injury and a subsequent serious concussion from a mid-air collision against Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin on August 30, 2008. Twellman played the rest of the 2008 season, but due to lingering symptoms from his whiplash and concussion, he played only two games in 2009. Twellman had planned to make his return during the 2010 season. However, on June 24, 2010 it was announced that Twellman would not play in the 2010 season and was placed on the season-ending injury list. After struggling to find any playing time over the past three seasons in MLS, due to his head injury, Twellman announced his retirement from the game at the end of the 2010 MLS season. Twellman began his involvement with the U. S. national program at youth level with the U-17 and U-20 squads. He first gained professional attention after scoring four goals for the U-20 national team at the 1999 World Youth Championship while still playing with the University of Maryland, he represented the United States at the 1999 Pan American Games.
After establishing himself in MLS, Twellman made his first appearance with the senior U. S. national team on November 17, 2002 against El Salvador. He struggled to score his first international goal, having several apparent goals waved off for offside infractions, he scored against Panama in a World Cup qualifier on October 12, 2005. He improved his chances for a spot on the 2006 World Cup team in a friendly against Norway on January 29, 2006. In the game, he scored the ninth hat trick in U. S. national team history, but was left off the World Cup roster by coach Bruce Arena. Twellman was selected by new U. S. coach Bob Bradley as a member of the U. S. squad for the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring in a group stage win over El Salvador. Twellman fell out of the national team pool in the following years after a series of concussions sidelined his club career. Twellman has had an active media career after retiring as a player. He's serving as lead analyst for ESPN's Major League Soccer coverage, he hosts a weekly recap show about the league, MLS Rewind, on ESPN+.
Twellman called the 2012 and 2016 European Championships, in 2014 Twellman was ESPN's lead analyst for U. S. matches in the World Cup in Brazil. Since retirement, Twellman
New England Revolution
The New England Revolution is an American professional soccer club based in the Greater Boston area that competes in Major League Soccer, in the Eastern Conference of the league. It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS; the club is owned by Robert Kraft, who owns the New England Patriots along with his son, Jonathan Kraft. The name "Revolution" refers to the New England region's significant involvement in the American Revolution that took place from 1775–1783. New England plays their home matches at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, located 21 miles southwest of downtown Boston, Massachusetts; the club played their home games at the adjacent and now-demolished Foxboro Stadium, from 1996 until 2001. The Revs hold the distinction of being the only original MLS team to have every league game in its history televised; the Revolution won their first major trophy in the 2007 U. S. Open Cup; the following year, they won the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have participated in five MLS Cup finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014.
They placed second in the 2005 regular season. However, they have never won MLS Supporters' Shield; the inaugural Revolution team featured several U. S. Men's National Team regulars returning from abroad to be part of the new league. Despite the presence of Alexi Lalas, Mike Burns, Joe-Max Moore, the team was one of only two that failed to make the playoffs of the 10 team league; the following season, the squad failed to advance past the first round. For the next five years, this playoff result would be the Revs' best, as a revolving door of players and head coaches failed to make much of an impact on the fledgling league. Attendance in these early years was high despite the team's poor on-field performances. More than 15,000 people per match came to watch the Revolution play in the old Foxboro Stadium; the Revs did manage to make the final of the 2001 U. S. Open Cup, but they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy on a golden goal by Danny Califf, it was a harbinger of finals to come for the Revolution. Liverpool great Steve Nicol was appointed as head coach on a full-time basis during the 2002 season.
He had held the position of interim head coach during the 1999 and 2002 seasons. After taking over, Nicol guided the Revolution to a playoff berth for a league-record eight straight seasons, failing for the first time in 2010; the first six of those berths resulted in an appearance in the conference final or better, including three consecutive MLS Cup finals from 2005–2007. From the 2008 season until 2013, the Revs failed to go further than the first round of the playoffs. Still, Nicol was respected as one of the best coaches in the league. In his first season in charge, Nicol guided the Revs to a first-place finish in the Eastern Conference; the team advanced through the playoffs to the MLS Cup final, where they lost to the Galaxy again, this time 1–0 on a golden goal by Carlos Ruiz. After losing in the conference finals in 2003 and 2004, the Revs repeated their 2002 feat finishing tops in the east and losing the cup final to LA 1–0 in extra time again in 2005. New England had a real chance to win their first MLS championship, in MLS Cup 2006, against the Houston Dynamo.
After Taylor Twellman scored in the 113th minute, the Revs allowed an equalizing header from the Dynamo's Brian Ching less than a minute that sent the game to penalty kicks, where the Revs lost 4–3. In the 2007 season, the Revs made it to two cup finals; the 2007 MLS Cup was a rematch from the previous year, though the result was the same as Houston defeated New England 2–1. The Revolution hold the record for most losses in MLS Cup games. Though they lost the 2007 MLS Cup, they defeated FC Dallas to win their first-ever trophy: the 2007 U. S. Open Cup, their 2002 MLS Cup appearance granted them a spot in the 2003 CONCACAF Champions Cup, but they lost their first match-up 5:3 on aggregate after playing two games on the road to LD Alajuelense. The Revolution again faced LD Alajuelense of Costa Rica in the home and away 2006 CONCACAF Champions' Cup; the "home" game was played February 22, 2006, in Bermuda despite some fans feeling that playing at Gillette Stadium in the adverse conditions of winter in New England could have been advantageous.
The Revs failed to advance, as they lost 0 -- 1 in Costa Rica. The 2007 U. S. Open Cup victory qualified the club for the preliminary round of the newly expanded CONCACAF Champions League. Additionally, their top-four finish qualified them for SuperLiga 2008. Therefore, the Revolution competed in four different competitions during the 2008 season; the Revolution had an excellent run at the beginning of the 2008 season. By mid-July, they were leading the overall MLS table and had finished as the number one overall seed in SuperLiga; the team won the tournament, defeating the Houston Dynamo on penalties to earn a small amount of revenge on for their successive MLS Cup defeats. That trophy, was the high point for the 2008 Revs. Fixture congestion led to a rash of injuries and general fatigue, the team crashed out the Champions League with an embarrassing 4–0 home defeat to regional minnows Joe Public FC of Trinidad and Tobago; the team struggled in domestic play, limping to a third-place finish in the East and losing to the Chicago Fire in the first round of the playoffs.
The Revs managed a semifinal appearance in the 2008 U. S. Open Cup, but lost to D. C. United. In 2009, the Revs continued the mediocrity that had plagued the second half of their 2008 season, losing to Chicago again in the first round of th
River Cities Futbol Club
River Cities FC was an American women's soccer team, founded in 2004. The team was a member of the Women's Premier Soccer League, the third tier of women’s soccer in the United States and Canada, until 2007, when the team left the league and the franchise was terminated; the team played its home games in a stadium in Illinois. The team's colors were... They used to be called the St. Louis Archers. WPSL Midwest Conference Champions 2006|} 2004 Wendy Dillinger 2005 Beth Goetz Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Official site