The Players’ Open

Indoor Friendly brings out the best in Cytron and reminds the club’s oldsters of days gone by.

Over the holiday-extended weekend, Sporting St. Louis offered a one-day open tourney for players U16 thru U19 at Dellwood Soccer Arena on the day after Thanksgiving. The format: players registered independently, were randomly assigned to an ad hoc team, given a jersey and left to their own devices.

No coaching. Any player from any club was welcome to participate. We wanted something akin to the old days, when kids organized games of their own.

What a Day Reid Had


Gavyn Prsha
Reid Cytron
Brendan Goodwin
Nick Terranova
Mike Schlossnagel
Kevin Doherty
Jordon Verbanaz
Jordan Alberici

After a round robin of matches, two of the makeshift teams earned their spots in the final. Throughout the day and in the final, Reid Cytron couldn’t help but score, knocking in 13 goals over four games. Cytron, one of Sporting’s U17s, was awarded Player of the Tournament.

“I don’t care if you’re talking about pick-up games,” said Mark Goldstein, Sporting’s Director of Operations, “that’s some goal scoring.”


Meanwhile, several Sporting sages watched the games and remembered prowling the turf at Dellwood years earlier: when Muesenfechter and Philip Nerians played – what seemed like – every night; when Moser tried to catch on with either team, any team, to get a game; when Scott Heck parked in front of goal, restricted to a ten foot patch of turf, waiting on perfect service.

It was an old school affair and good fun.

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