What's Shakin': A Quick Glance At What's Going On In The Soccer World We Live In
Good Thursday to you all! As things seem sort of slow(ish) this Summer, what with no St Louis City SC team on the pitch and what not, I thought I might drop a new segment here and there that let's you know what's happening in the soccer world around us. I decided to simply call it, "What's Shakin'". So, without further ado, here's the scoop:
There's a lot going on this weekend, in case you are not aware. First up, is the kick off to the Euro 2020 tournament. 24 teams were drawn into 6 groups of 4 teams, with the winners and runners-up in each group advancing to the knockout rounds, as well as the 4 best 3rd placed teams. The Group Stage matches start tomorrow (Friday, June 11), and run through June 23, with the Round of 16 beginning on June 26. All the matches are available through ESPN. Whether you are watching at home or at your favorite pub, it's sure to be a fun watch.
On Saturday, "Meet The Louligans Tailgate Extravaganza" is going down at Soccer Park in Fenton. The St. Louligans (our area's largest Supporters Group) are putting on a big tailgate in the parking lot of Soccer Park as a tribute to St Louis FC, and to celebrate the present and future of St Louis soccer. It's a great opportunity to come out and see old friends and make new ones, and a chance to get a taste of what's to come. And don't forget to stick around to watch SLSG, our USL 2 team, play Chicago FC United at 6pm. There will be a march to the match that you won't want to miss, and should definitely take part in. The event starts at 3pm, parking is free, and the match is also free.
It's a busy time for our USWNT, as they are slated to play 3 Friendlies within the next week. The first match is tonight, vs Portugal, followed by Sunday, June 13 vs Jamaica, and Wednesday, June 16 vs Nigeria. The first 2 matches are available to watch on FS1, and the June 16 match vs Nigeria will be aired on ESPN2. The USMNT will begin their CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage matches on Sunday, July 11 in KC. Their opponent is TBD.
Due to the International Break, both MLS and NWSL teams will not continue their regular season matches until June 18 and 19, albeit one scheduled MLS match on Saturday, June 12. That match is Sporting KC vs Austin, and will be televised on ESPN+, starting at 2pm.
If that's not enough for you, our Fire & Ice (WPSL) team will host Dayton Dutch Lions at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL on Saturday, with that match starting at 7pm. The St Louis Lions (WPSL) will also host Dayton Dutch Lions, the following day (Sunday, June 13) 2pm, at Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in Cottleville.
And finally, here's a little update on what we are up to here at The City SC Report: Not much. Although we have some things in the works, there's not a lot to report on or write about at this time. Most of us in this group have kids, and when you top on Summer vacations, and the somewhat return to normalcy in our lives since the start of COVID, it becomes a little difficult to find time or material to write for this page. Same applies to our podcast. So, we'll keep doing what we can until things start ramping up with City and all that surrounds the organization, but until then don't expect a lot of content from us. We appreciate all of the great feedback and comments we have received since starting this venture. Keep it coming. Until next time, Cheers!