- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 3, 2013
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- Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, St. Louis
While many of you continue to ask about the potential St. Louis USL-PRO team (and no I do not know where they’ll be playing), fans in the Gateway City will soon be able to see some of the world’s best square off.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Messi will lead perennial World Cup favorites Argentina in a friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on November 18 at Busch Stadium (8:30 pm ET).
It could prove to be the latest soccer sellout at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium. Earlier this year, a capacity crowd of 48,263 watched English Premier League powers Manchester City beat Chelsea on May 23.
A few months later in August, Real Madrid beat Inter Milan in front of 54,184 at the Edwards Jones Dome. Although 13,000 short of a sell-out at the home of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, the match between the European powers set a soccer attendance record for St. Louis.
The Bosnian contingent could be the ones that fill the stadium too. In St. Louis, there are an estimated 70,000 Bosnians. Not to mention Bosnia-Herzegovina star forward Vedad Ibisevic has family in St. Louis and starred at St. Louis University – there are some who think Busch Stadium could be filled by backers of the European nation alone.
The one hold up however could be Bosnia-Herzegovina. If the Bosnians, who currently sit tops in Group G alongside Greece, are forced to play a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff, they will be replaced by a different team.