St. Louis has long been a pipeline to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams. There is a group of St. Louis Scott Gallagher members that are carrying on this tradition.
Jack Maher of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois Academy Program and Aedan Stanley of the SLSG Missouri Academy Program were called into the United States Youth National Team Camp from November 6th through the 14th. Both players featured in the Saint Louis FC U-18 Academy Team against the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team on October 8th at the World Wide Soccer Park. The home side went on to win in a penalty shoot-out.
“It’s another opportunity for Aedan to demonstrate that he has the ability and mentality to compete at the highest level,” said Missouri Boys Technical Director Kevin Kalish. “He understands that nothing will be given to him and it is a privilege to be called into the National Team. One of the reasons for his success is the consistent approach to improving each day at our team sessions, but also putting in the extra work needed on his own to be a specialist. ”
Aedan Stanley is appreciative of the opportunity, saying, “I’m humbled and thankful for every call up I get. I always want to be the best I can when I’m there to earn my way back to the next one.”
SLSG Illinois Boys Director, Blake Decker, recognized Maher’s potential at a young age. “Jack has been a part of the organization since the age of 12, coming to us through the partnership we had with Metro East Legacy at the time. Getting the opportunity to play for your national team is hard enough, but staying in the pool is even more challenging, and with this, his third call-up, we are extremely proud of his accomplishment and know that he will represent St. Louis Scott Gallagher well.”
Maher credits his coaches for his call up, saying, “I am very honored to have been called back to the national team. I understand the fact that this achievement is more credit to the coaches who developed my team and myself than anything I’ve done independently. I am humbled by this opportunity I have been given, and grateful to be a part of this club.”
Logan Panchot was also called into the Youth National Team Under-19 Camp for consecutive camps and was previously part of the U.S. Men’s Under-17 National Team residency program. Panchot is hoping to figure into the plans of Head Coach Brad Friedel as the team begins preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup that will start May 2017 in South Korea.
Josh Sargent continues to shine for the U.S. Men’s Under-17 National Team, scoring for the U.S. in their 3-0 victory against Jamaica on November 2nd. Sargent also had a tally in the team’s 4-0 win over Costa Rica on October 24th and another goal in the 3-1 victory two days later against the same opponent.
The SLSG Girls Program is also represented in the Youth National Team ranks. Kirsten Davis has been selected to join the U.S. Soccer U-18 Women’s National Team training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Davis trained with the team from September before a tournament in Northern Ireland this past October.