St. Louis Scott Gallagher assembled a boys team earlier this winter to compete in the Bobby Rhine Invitational in Dallas, Texas. The tournament, which commemorates the late Bobby Rhine, was hosted by FC Dallas at the Toyota Soccer Center.
Rhine was a native of St. Louis and grew up playing for Scott Gallagher at the youth level. He went on to have a successful professional career, appearing in 212 games for Dallas while scoring 23 goals and providing 34 assists. After retiring, Rhine served as the FC Dallas team broadcaster and coached in the club’s youth system.
“I’m so proud of this team for representing SLSG at Bobby Rhine’s memorial charity tournament in Dallas” said SLSG Director of Youth Player Development Ken Godat.
The team was coached by Christian Briggs and Rodrigo Jaime. “The Bobby Rhine tournament provided the boys and coaches an opportunity to compete at a level we had not experienced yet.” said Briggs. “As a coach, I was proud to see the unity formed in the training and preparation leading up to Dallas, continued while competing at the event.”
“The team had the chance to play against some of the best teams in the country.” said Jaime. “The level of competition was very high and this can only benefit the kids, who put in 120% of their effort in order to compete.”
Rhine is one of five former Scott Gallagher players that are remembered and honored through the SLSG Living Legacy Fund.
“It was an honor for the seventeen U13 boys selected to represent SLSG in this year’s tournament, especially as it named for Gallagher legend and beloved FC Dallas alumnus, Bobby Rhine. This honor was hammered home by one of the trip’s highlight moments, a private tour of Toyota Stadium. There, hanging on the front of the stadium’s luxury boxes high above FC Dallas’ home field, a solitary banner read simply ‘BR 19’.” said Robert A. Beardsley, father of player Harrison Beardsley. “That banner reminded all that this was about more than simply measuring themselves against some of the better competition in the country, or bonding with fellow players from across SLSG over barbecue, Tex-Mex and Top Golf. It was about Bobby Rhine’s, and their love of the game.”