Greg Winkler column: Soccer playoffs heat up tonight

Greg Winkler column: Soccer playoffs heat up tonight

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Greg Winkler column: Soccer playoffs heat up tonight

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Play-offs?! Play-offs?! Did someone say Play-offs?!

Yes, it is that time of the year, the WIAA Soccer play-offs are underway.

Locally we have a few teams still in the hunt. Central Wisconsin Christian earned a 2 seed and is playing No. 7 Wayland Academy at CWC. WLA earned a 4 seed and will host No. 5 St. Lawrence Seminary at Marian’s Smith Fields on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

At the National Exchange Bank Fields at the Fondy Soccer Complex, Fondy, the No. 3 seed will host No. 6 Hartford at 7 p.m.

Get out and support your local teams, fans are a real factor at a soccer game and I know all of these teams would love your support as they try and extend their seasons.

Are you interested in Coaching? Are you coaching already?

The Fond du Lac Soccer Association is bringing a NSCAA Youth Coaching course to our community. The course is six hours long and will be Oct. 21 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fond du Lac High School. If you are interested in attending just email your favorite author at gregwinkler10@gmail.com and express your interest. It will be a great opportunity to start preparing for your next season.

The United States Men’s National Team faces some critical matches in the next few days for 2014 World Cup Qualifying. Currently the U.S., Guatemala, and Jamaica are all tied with 2-1-1 records in qualifying with each having two games to play.

The U.S. will travel to Antigua & Barbuda on Friday. That game is not televised, I will have to follow it on match tracker unless I find an obscure website that is streaming it. Then they are home for a game against Guatemala, a team they tied the first time around.

The team has to win or they could be knocked out of the next round of matches. With two wins they will advance to the final round of qualifying, with a loss they are probably sitting at home in 2014. Good luck boys, get this done!

If you are a U.S. Women’s soccer fan you have a chance to catch their match on Oct. 20 in Bridgeview, Ill. The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world will be hosting No. 2 Germany at Toyota Park, the Chicago Fire’s stadium. The game is almost sold out, I checked the site ussoccer.com and there are only 209 tickets left for the event.

For all the young players out there, the weather is getting colder and soon you will have to move indoors. Check out Do-It-All Sports Arena for some winter soccer information. There are also facilities in Appleton, Milwaukee, and now Neenah. There is no excuse to not be playing.

Remember to catch a game tonight, the high school boys will appreciate it.

Keep on Kickin’.

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