These pages will reflect players who have distinguished themselves on a broader stage, including players who have reached the professional ranks, as coaches or referees. It will also attempt to include historical figures who played a large role.
A good starting point for anyone interested in the historical aspects is the book Soccer Made in St. Louis by former sportswriter Dave Lange (Aug 1, 2011)
Soccer Made in St. Louis covers the history, playing styles, and evolution of the world s most popular sport in the nation s original soccer capital, St. Louis. Starting with the first reported game in 1875, the book details the teams, the players, and the organizers who brought home national championships at every level of soccer. Author and longtime St. Louis soccer writer Dave Lange tells the stories of those who took the game from the sandlots of St. Louis to soccer s biggest stage, the World Cup. From Harry Ratican, the first St. Louisan to gain nationwide soccer fame; to the six St. Louisans who led the United States to the biggest upset in World Cup history; to Lori Chalupny, who helped the U.S. Womens National Team to Olympic gold; the book covers the rich heritage of soccer in St. Louis and shows how the sport is woven into the fabric of the city s makeup.