National powers collide at this weekend's Gateway Soccer Classic

When it comes to soccer tournaments, it doesn't get much bigger than the Gateway Soccer Classic. Starting today, fifty-nine teams representing 12 states will gather in St. Louis for a tournament that could shake up the national rankings and offer a glimpse into who could hoist their respective state trophies.

The star-powered tournament features nine of the current POWERADE FAB 50 squads, including Derek Schrick and No. 15 Rockhurst, No. 19 DeSmet led by Louis Berra, and the 49th-ranked SLUH squad anchored by Ryan Merrifield. Christian Brothers and Chaminade are also among the deep field.

For those soccer fans who can't make it out to the tournament, don't sweat; ESPNHS has got you covered. Our resident expert Sheldon Shealer will be covering the entire tournament, so stay tuned to the ESPNHS soccer page and Twitter page for updates. As we count down the moments until the soccer ball gets rolling, check out this preview of the tournament as well as a rundown of players to watch.

Brandon Parker covers Missouri for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.