Via Dave Lange of Soccer Made in St Louis comes an in-depth article on a new partnership that may bring a USL Pro team to St Louis. With MLS wanting all its clubs either fielding reserve teams in USL PRO or affiliating with one by 2015, the implications are significant.
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.
One reason Jeff Cooper affiliated with the NASL when AC St Louis was created was due to the fact that Tony Glavin owned the rights to a USL franchise in the St Louis region. Lacking funding, there has been no movement beyond his seven years of fielding a PDL team.
Partnering with the Ambush offers the funding Glavin was lacking AND a means of offering a more stable platform for professional players who would be able to play almost year round for a common organization. It doesn’t hurt that MISL is also now part of the USLsoccer.com family.
Here’s hoping it’s a fruitful partnership!