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Soccer Tournaments in Missouri

Some of my favorite American players of all time grew up playing soccer tournaments in Missouri. Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan, who made up the offensive core of the New England Revolution when they were battling for MLS titles in recent years, all gew up and began their youth soccer careers in the Show Me State. Chris Klein and Brian Kamler also hail from there.

In fact, the St. Louis area has long been a hotbed of soccer, providing many of the players that played on the 1950 US national team that so famously defeated England in the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

The area has also had a hug influence on the college game. The St. Louis University men's soccer program is the most honored in NCAA history, having won nine NCAA national titles outright, and shared another with Michigan State. While the Billikens have not won a title since 1973, the program still produces top players, including recent US national team members Brian McBride, Mike Sorber and Brad Davis.

Taylor Twellman St. Louis is also the home of the Missouri Athletic Club's Herman Trophy, which honors the top male and female Division I college soccer players in the United States. Past winners include Alexi Lalas, John Harkes, and Alecko Eskandarian.

In more recent years the soccer focus has shifted from St. Louis to the other side of the state, where, in 1996, the Kansas City Wizards became one of the charter franchises in Major League Soccer, Since then, the Wizards have established themselves as one of the top teams in the league, winning MLS Cup and the Supports Shield in 2000, and the US Open Cup in 2004. At various times the team has provided a home for US National team players like Tony Meola, Preki, Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff.

For the visiting soccer family, Missouri offers plenty to do besides the soccer tournament at hand. From America's only ride-through cave in Springfield, MO, to amusement parks like Six Flags St. Louis and Aquaport in St. Charles. And Branson offers dozens of live shows featuring some of the biggest stars of country music, as well as rock, gospel, musical theater and comedy.

Here, then, is our list of soccer tournaments in Missouri.

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