July Academy Affiliate Club Spotlight: Sporting Missouri Valley


Sporting Missouri Valley became a Sporting KC Academy Affiliate in the Spring of 2018. That first year the club had two parts; Sporting MV North and Sporting MV. In 2019, the two sides merged into one as Sporting MV. The club uses Z-Sports in Greenwood, Missouri as its corporate home.  Z-Sports is where the club offices are and includes 3 indoor fields and 4 outdoor fields for its members to use.

As an Academy Affiliate, Sporting MV introduces the game of soccer to youth of all skill levels. They provide the opportunity for each player to develop to their highest potential and to provide the best product and service for all members. In a short time as an affiliate, Sporting MV has already made an impact as 6 players have accepted positions with the SKC Academy. Sporting MV’s goal is to become a club of choice for both boys and girls players in the area while emphasizing the message that life lessons can be taught through the sport of soccer.

With 50 premier teams, Sporting MV continues to grow with a goal of developing coaches first and players second. With ongoing coaching education, Sporting MV’s goal is to create the best youth coaching staff in the region. By investing in its coaches, Sporting MV insures that player development will continue to occur at the highest level.

To help provide a development pathway for all players, Sporting MV has fostered relationships with fellow affiliates Sporting Brookside and Sporting Lee’s Summit. With thousands of recreational players in each club, Sporting MV provides programming that helps develop both recreational players and coaches. This insures that both Sporting Brookside and Sporting Lee’s Summit continue to offer recreational programming at the highest level and provides a pathway for those interested in the premier side of the game. In addition, Sporting MV is kicking off the SMV Soccer School which will provide pre-competitive programming for players from U5-U9.


Sporting Missouri Valley were proud to see some of their players selected for the Sporting KC Academy over the summer. Three 2009 players were selected to join the SKC Academy U12 team: Jack Francka, Alex Gemienhardt, and Talyn Gates. Additionally, one of SMV 2008 goalies, Robby Schleichardt, was selected to join the SKC Academy U13 team on a part-time basis.

“All of these players worked really hard over the last few years to reach their goals, and we are really pleased for them. Its hard to see them go, but we are here to support our players in achieving their goals and its great to know that SMV played a role in that.”  – Chris Dean, SMV Director of Coaching


2010, 2008 & 2007 Boys Head Coach

This is Ryan’s first year with SMV and we are extremely excited to have him join the club. Most recently, Ryan was the Men’s Head Coach at Ottawa University; so to be able to attract someone out of the college world and back into the youth game is a real coup for us. Ryan will join us full time and be a part of the SMV Technical Team and has already played a massive role in the planning for the upcoming season.

2010 & 2012 Girls Head Coach

Courtney has been with SMV since the club started back in 2018. Courtney played 4 years at the University of Nebraska and overseas after college and now passes her knowledge onto some of our younger female players. Courtney is always eager to learn and is dedicated and committed to every player that she works with.


2012 Boys Player

Beckham Trutzel plays for our 2012 boys team and he knows the game inside and out. He supports Arsenal from England and he will talk to you for ages about the team and their recent games!

2010 Girls Player

Alexis Saunders is a player on our 2010 girls team. She is a massive fan of Matt Besler. She works hard at every session and is extremely coachable.

For more information on Sporting Missouri Valley please visit sportingmv.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.