St. Louis Group Seeks USL PRO…and MLS

St. Louis Group Seeks USL PRO…and MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 18, 2014
  • St. Louis Expansion

The Gateway City will soon have soccer again.

Tony Glavin, who owns and coaches the St. Louis Lions PDL team, and Andrew Haines, owner of the St. Louis Ambush indoor team, told  The Riverfront Times that they have begun the process of founding a USL PRO club with an eye towards a 2015 debut.

The duo launched a new website to gauge local interest by requesting contact info and ticketing preferences from would-be fans, and they make no secret of their long-term goal moving up to MLS.

“This area would like to see an MLS team,” he added. “If we do have a USL team, part of our initiative is to connect with an MLS team. If we’re going to invest in a USL professional team, we want to build a foundation with the potential to go beyond USL.”

St. Louis has obviously been on the league radar for some time despite the fact that it hasn’t hosted a professional club since 2010 when the NASL side AC St. Louis folded. The city has  given a warm welcome to international exhibitions in the past year, with matches featuring Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Inter Milan drawing big crowds.

I’ve always felt that if the right owner would come around for St. Louis and make it happen, the city would easily embrace a team. But getting the right ownership in place (someone with big $$) and a stadium to go along with that have been big hurdles for most to overcome.