St. Louis Scott Gallagher has assembled a pair of boys’ teams to compete in the Bobby Rhine Invitational in Dallas, Texas on November 28-30.
The tournament will be hosted by FC Dallas at the Toyota Soccer Center, and commemorates the late Bobby Rhine.
Rhine was a native of St. Louis and grew up playing for Scott Gallagher at the youth level. He went on to have a successful professional career, appearing in 212 games for Dallas while scoring 23 goals and providing 34 assists. After he retired from playing, Rhine served as FC Dallas’ team broadcaster and coached in the club’s youth system.
Rhine is one of five former Scott Gallagher players that are remembered and honored through the SLSG Living Legacy Fund.
The SLSG teams traveling to Dallas are made up of classic-level players at the U13 and U14 age groups. Pat Jones will coach the U13 team, while Jordan Hoffman will coach the U14 group.
Mike and Denny Seerey, Rhine’s childhood coaches, will be joining the teams as guest trainers. Also accompanying the group will be Mark Santel, another SLSG alum who played with Rhine both at the youth and professional levels.
One of the players on the U13 team is Spencer Harmann, who was recently featured on local news when his father returned home from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. To see the video, click .
Spencer’s dad, Tom, hasn’t had a chance to see his son play this fall, but will be on the trip to Dallas to watch Spencer and the rest of the SLSG players in action.
“Spencer is a great kid to have in our club,” Ken Godat said. “He represents our core values to the fullest and always has a positive attitude. We couldn’t be happier for him and his family to have this opportunity.”
Spencer’s mom, Trista, shared the same feelings.
“Spencer loves SLSG and he loves soccer, and to have Tom at the tournament with him will mean everything to us,” Trista said. “When we heard Spencer made the team, we were so excited because of the timing. It’s the perfect end to the fall season.”
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