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Ela Elite U23 Men USASA Cup Champs

By esc, 05/31/11, 9:58AM CDT


Good Luck to Coach Meschbach as the team heads to KC for Regionals

Congratulations to Ela Elite U23 Mens Team and Coach Robert Meshbach on their 3-0 victory over Wisla this weekend to take the ISSA USASA Cup.  The team will now compete in the Regionals in Kansas City.   The team has also been presented with an exciting opportunity to play a University team from England in July.  The University of Portsmouth team is the 2011 British Universities National Cup Winners.  More information will be posted at www.elasoccer.com as it becomes available.    

The USASA Cup roster:Danny Ahlering (Wisconsin), Mike Apolgianis (Bucknell), Kevin Cavers (Loras), Alejandro Cosmopolis (Loras), Andrew Desmarais (DePauw), Ross Dickson , Billy Hamilton, Graham Heydt (Lafayette College -Goalie), Brad Joiner  (Loras College,  Dan Lewis (Western Illinois), Mahir Mameledzija (Lake Forest College), Samuel Meyer (DePauw),  Casimo Patano (Western Illinois) David Puka (Western Illinois), Matt Thomas (Univ. of St. Francis,  Alex Wynne (Loyola Univ)

About Robert Meschbach

Robert  Meschbach joined Ela Soccer in 2009 as Elite Head Coach for  boys and girls High School teams and the U23 Mens team.  

Robert played professionally in the North American Soccer League, Major Indoor Soccer League and American Indoor Soccer Association. While born in Canada, Robert Meschbach was an All-American at Gordon Tech High School in Chicago, Illinois. In two seasons, he scored 105 goals. Seventy-one of those goals were scored in his final season, then a national record. Meschbach had trials with Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga and Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga but turned down a contract offer in lieu of a scholarship at Indiana University.

At Indiana University, Meschbach became a 1st team All-American in 1980, and runner-up for the Hermann Award (the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy). Meschbach had 61 total goals while at IU, leading the nation in scoring his senior year with 27. During his tenure at IU, the team had a 76-9-4 record with 2 final four appearances. Meschbach scored a hat-trick in 8 minutes, 50 seconds against the Cincinnati Bearcats on October 8, 1980, an NCAA record until 1985.

Robert has over 10 years of professional coaching experience in the U.S.   Robert has led Eclipse Select U16 teams to the USYSA National Championship, the FC United U18 boys to a USYSA Illinois State Championship and Ela Elite U23 men to a USASA National Championship. Robert also led the Saint Viator Girls Varsity high-school team to back-to-back ISHA State Championships.