Midwest United Teams Excel at Soccer Tournaments

Midwest United TeamsMidwest United Team Black and Red U12 teams performed extremely well at both the July 16 Grove and June 18 Tulsa 3 v 3 Live competitions, winning first and second place at the Grove completion and second and fourth place out of nine at the Tulsa regional. The Midwest United U14 boys also earned first place in their bracket at the Grove competition and the Midwest United U10 girls earned third place in theirs. The teams displayed good passing, off-the-ball movement, and individual skill on their way to victory. We are very proud of our players and the soccer skills and sportsmanship that they exhibited at the tournaments.

Carl Junction High School Soccer Camp

Soccer camp graphic depicting a cartoon soccer playerCarl Junction High School is having a soccer camp June 20-24 at the Carl Junction High School Soccer Field.  The camp is divided into two age groups. For players entering 1st – 4th grade, the camp will be from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM; for players entering 5th – 8th grade, the camp will be from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  The cost is $20 per player.  All proceeds will be used to buy new uniforms for the CJ High School Soccer Team for the upcoming season. The High School coaching staff led by Coach Abrahams will run the camp. Midwest United coaches have also volunteered to help run some of the camp exercises. Return the CJ High School 2011 Summer Soccer Camp Flyer and payment to Amy Graskemper in the High School Office, or you can bring the completed form to the CJ High Soccer Field on June 20th. Your player will receive quality instruction and your money will go toward a good cause.

Summer 3 v 3 Soccer Canceled Due to Tornado

The Summer 3 v 3 Soccer Academy League has been canceled due to the tornado devastation. However, when we can resume practices, kids who signed up for the program will be welcome to practice with us free of charge so that they can experience something that they enjoy during this difficult time. We wish to thank the Missouri Youth Soccer Association and its members for helping our families and kids in need.

Tornado Relief Fund for Midwest United Players

We ask all visitors to our site to keep Joplin and its residents in their thoughts and prayers. Many people lost loved ones, friends, neighbors, or coworkers in the recent Joplin tornado.

We feel very fortunate that all of our players and coaches are physically safe, but several of our youth players had their homes damaged or completely destroyed in the storm. We ask our club family and supporters for help in providing for their needs as they recover from this tragedy. Any club member or visitor may make a donation to help these families.

MAY 24 UPDATE: We can now confirm that three of our players’ families lost all of their property, and one family was completely without property insurance. Please help these families if you can afford to do so.

Donations via check may be made out to Midwest Select Soccer and mailed to Midwest Select Treasurer, 1403 S. Homer, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

In addition to some of our own club’s families, many, many families in Joplin are in need of your help. Here are some places to start if you want to assist. These links will allow you to assist families outside of our club.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/23/joplin.how.to.help/index.html?iref=allsearch

http://www.facebook.com/joplinmo

Midwest Select Soccer Celebrates a Season of Futsal

Futsal players in actionIt’s hard to believe winter futsal season is almost over.  Midwest Select’s futsal season began with the Total Shriner Futsal Classic in Springfield, MO.  The Midwest United U12 team performed especially well, besting one Springfield Demize team and sharing 4-4 ties with two other Demize teams in the Youth division.  Earning five points overall, the U12 Midwest United team tied for second place out of seven in the division.  Action then shifted to local Midwest Select Youth Futsal League play held at the Carl Junction Community Center and at Neosho High School.  Eight teams met every weekend to enjoy fast-paced fun and competition.  It was an excellent opportunity to keep skills sharp during the winter.  Midwest Select Soccer would like to thank all of the participating players and parents for making it a great season.

Joplin-Area Midwest United Soccer Team Wins Silver Bracket

Midwest United Wins Silver

Midwest United Wins Silver

The Bentonville 3 v 3 Kickit soccer tournament provided the six-member team of Brian Warner, Brittany Dutton, Josue Hernandez, Pavin Winkle, Sullivan Lauderdale, and Tony Salcedo with important lessons.  Chief among these were that the ball moves a lot faster than an individual soccer player and that teamwork wins games.  The team struggled with these lessons, going down in consecutive defeats on Saturday.  On Sunday, the team had absorbed these lessons and teamwork made all the difference as the team went on to win the silver bracket.  In the final, Midwest United was down 4-1 at the half, but made a dramatic comeback to tie the score by the end of regular time.  In the “golden goal” overtime, Brittany scored the thrilling “golden goal,” sealing the championship win.  Needless to say, we are very proud of our players, their teamwork, and the heart that they showed on the pitch.

Midwest United Soccer Team Wins Ponca City Tournament

Midwest United 3 v 3 Team

The Midwest United U12 3 vs 3 soccer team, comprised of players from Carl Junction, Joplin, and Pittsburg, recently snatched victory out of the jaws of cancellation. The team was originally scheduled to compete on June 19th in the 3 v 3 Live tournament in Kansas City, but the tournament was canceled with only two days to go. Coaches Bruce and Sean switched the team’s destination to the Ponca City, OK, 3 v 3 Live tournament scheduled for the same weekend.

The six members of the team, Brian Warner, Josue Hernandez, Patrick Ryan, Pavin Winkle, Sullivan Lauderdale, and Tony Salcedo acquitted themselves very well, winning the championship in “golden goal” overtime against the determined SSC Monsters from Stillwater, OK. Sullivan Lauderdale scored the golden goal after Patrick Ryan penetrated from the corner and passed the ball between two defenders across the mouth of the goal.  A dog pile ensued on the Midwest Select side of the field as the excited players celebrated the victory.

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