USL Pro team in St. Louis?
MISL's Ambush, PDL's Lions working on it
Friday, September 13, 2013
If all goes well, the next step on the long road to Major League Soccer in St. Louis will be a United Soccer Leagues Pro outdoor soccer franchise in St. Louis for the 2014 season.
Andrew Haines, principal owner of the St. Louis Ambush in the USL’s Major Indoor Soccer League, and Tony Glavin, owner of St. Louis Lions in the USL’s Premier Development League, are working together to start a USL Pro team in St. Louis. Although they have not formally applied for ownership, they are optimistic about having a team in operation in 2014. The USL declined to comment.
The team would become part of a year-round soccer operation with the Ambush. The Ambush begin their first season in November. The Ambush-USL Pro teams would share the front office, and perhaps some players.
Training would start in February or March for the opening of the regular season in April. Glavin will be head coach, and will work together with Ambush head coach Daryl Doran on players who would be candidates to play on both teams. The Lions will continue in St. Louis under Glavin’s ownership but under a new head coach. The USL Pro and Lions teams will train at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex, which also is headquarters for Glavin’s youth soccer organization.
Home matches probably will be played at Lindenwood University’s Harlen C. Hunter Stadium in St. Charles, Glavin said. The stadium’s capacity is about 7,500. The playing surface is Enviroturf. Lindenwood is considered a temporary home. “Our long-term goal is to build a permanent stadium,” Glavin said.http://www.soccermadeinstlouis.com/Socce...king_on_it.html