ST LOUIS - On Thursday, May 1st, 2014 at the St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton, MO, a USL-Pro franchise was awarded to the city of St. Louis. St. Louis joins Tulsa and Colorado Springs as other expansion franchises that will begin play in 2015.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher will own the team and have begun development on a team name, logo, colors, and uniforms which will be announced in the coming months.
The St. Louis franchise will compete at the 5,000-seat Soccer Park in Fenton, MO. The team will be led by head coach Dale Schilly, who is currently the Director of Youth Program Development for SLSG Illinois.
"The St. Louis area has waited patiently for the return of professional outdoor soccer," Schilly said. "It has been gratifying to watch the professional game blossom across the country, yet frustrating for the St. Louis soccer community to not be a part of the growth on the professional level. With the new agreement in place between the MLS and USL Pro, there could not be a better time for St. Louis to be a part of the enthusiasm and passion that comes with this great sport. We have been working diligently in preparation for a team, and the organization is excited about this opportunity."
It is also rumored that the St. Louis-based franchise will have a direct player-development affiliation with the Chicago Fire or another MLS franchise.
USL PRO is the strongest U.S. men’s professional soccer league on and off the field below and in support of Major League Soccer (MLS). Focused on league stability and franchise performance longevity, USL PRO features 14 teams in 2014, including expansion teams in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Sacramento. Teams have already been announced for 2015 in Colorado Springs and Tulsa, with more additions expected soon. Through aggressive and deliberate growth in adding teams fully capable of meeting USL and US Soccer standards, USL PRO is building a robust, national professional soccer league in a format that promotes the benefits of regional league play. In 2013 USL PRO began a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with MLS that features individual team affiliations, inter-league play, and the opportunity for MLS clubs to field a second team in USL PRO. In addition to league play, USL PRO teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. USL PRO is the longest-standing pro league affiliate member of US Soccer.
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