Club: Saint Louis FC
Born: February 14, 1983
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: Minnesota United FC (NASL)
2015 January 13 – Ambersley becomes First Signing for Saint Louis FC
Last season, Ambersley played for Indy Eleven in the North American Soccer League (NASL), scoring six goals in 26 appearances.
Previously, the St. Louis native was a member of the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies (formerly FC Tampa Bay) from 2011-2013. During his first season with Tampa Bay, Ambersley led the team with 19 goals and was named to the NASL Best XI Team. The following season, he helped the Rowdies to the 2012 NASL Championship.
2014 January 22 – Ambersley Sings with Indy Eleven
No stranger to sequels in eight years as a professional, former Indiana Hoosiers standout Mike Ambersley arrived back in Indiana officially on Jan. 22, 2014, to write yet another chapter in his Hoosier State saga, having previously made homecomings in both Rochester and his native St. Louis. Initially selected by FC Dallas in the MLS SuperDraft, he has split the time since his 2005 graduation among multiple second division clubs, from the Rochester Raging Rhinos and AC St. Louis to current NASL outfits Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota United FC. While his residence has varied his recent form has not, as the striker has scored 30 goals 21 in the NASL since the start of the 2010 season and added 17 assists in NASL regular season play over the last three years.
2013: Was traded from Tampa Bay to NASL side Minnesota United FC on August 1… Made 13 appearances with throughout the remainder of the season.
2011-2013: After AC St. Louis folded he signed with North American Soccer League’s Tampa Bay Rowdies… Led the team in every major statistical category for the 2011 season and landed himself on the NASL Best XI Team… Made 60 appearances total for the club while scoring 19 goals.
Get to know the Rowdies – Mike Ambersley
Mike has started all 10 league games in 2012 and is second on the team with six points on two goals and two assists. Last season, Mike was named to the NASL Best XI and ranked tied for third in the league with a team-high 11 goals. He was also ranked third in the NASL and first on the team with seven assists. Mike was named NASL Player of the Month for August 2011. He played in 27 games with 25 starts for a total of 2,275 minutes in 2011.
2010: In March he joined AC St. Louis of the USSF Division 2 Professional League… Scored nine goals in league play and 11 goals overall, with two of those braces being game winners in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
2009: After the Silverbacks withdrew from the USL-1, he returned to the Rochester Rhinos… He made 20 appearances and recorded two goals for the Raging Rhinos.
2008: On November 28, 2007 he signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Silverbacks of the USL First Division… Injured his knee during preseason and lost the entire season… Atlanta withdrew from the league at the end of the 2008 season.
2006-2007: Joined the Rochester Rhinos of the USL-1 after turning down an offer from the Major Indoor Soccer League… Became a regular for the Rhinos offense, appearing in 32 games and scoring five goals.
Despite missing out on Indiana’s title-winning season in 2003 due to a back injury, as well as having to adjust to the departure of longtime head coach Jerry Yeagley following the same year, he still earned the Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor in 2001, made two College Cup appearances, and converted the decisive penalty in the 2004 NCAA men’s soccer final to ensure IU would retain the championship, the program’s seventh.
Ambersley attended De Smet Jesuit High School where he was a NSCAA and Parade Magazine High School All American soccer player and the 2000 Missouri Player of the Year.