This Is Our CITY

This Is Our CITY

by Shane Stay
This Is Our CITY

This Is Our CITY

by Shane Stay


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St. Louis has been the heartbeat of American soccer for years, dominating in club, high school, and college soccer. To this day, St. Louis University has the most NCAA Division I men's soccer national championship titles. Yet, in 1996, when Major League Soccer kicked off its inaugural season, there was no team to represent the Gateway to the West. How did this happen?

Author Shane Stay will guide the reader through St. Louis soccer's journey, from its past to the present, including the launch of St. Louis CITY SC. The story will start 100 years in the past and follow the major achievements—and setbacks—of St. Louis soccer.

The author will cover not only the history of soccer at the club, high school, college, and professional levels, but he will also outline local attractions for soccer fans and will even predict the future successes of St. Louis CITY SC.

This is one book soccer fans will want to have on their shelves!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782552277
Publisher: Meyer & Meyer Sport
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,087,058
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shane Stay is a bestselling author; he has written The Euro 2020 Book, European Soccer Leagues 2019, Major League Soccer 2019, The Women's World Cup 2019 Book, The World Cup 2018 Book, Why American Soccer Isn't There Yet, and  The Cairo Project. In 2008, he played professional soccer with St. Louis Illusion. During his career as a soccer player, he earned a Missouri club state championship with Busch Soccer Club and a Holland Cup championship with a Metro East team. In 1999, he founded the first online Current Events Game (CE Game). He has appeared on TV and has featured on numerous radio broadcasts including ESPN and NPR.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Part I A History of St. Louis Soccer 30

Immigrants: Italian, Irish, German…

The Influential Triumvirate 35

St. Louis Clubs 47

St. Louis High Schools 83

St. Louis Colleges: The Early Days 99

St. Louis Pros: Professional Outdoor and Indoor Soccer in St. Louis 120

How MLS Got to St. Louis: The Final Turn 180

Part II Places of Interest Around the New Stadium 193

Local Attractions: Soccer Bars, Restaurants, Things to Do About Town 193

Local Soccer Stores: Past & Present 196

A Few Other Attractions as Recommended by Influential Mayors 199

Part III The Inaugural St. Louis City SC 201

What Are Their Chances of Winning the MLS Cup? 201

Extravagant Predictions 203

Recap 205

Part IV The Golden Vault: Bonus Material 208

The 1950 World Cup USMNT 208

Clubs 210

High School: A Rich Tradition of Champions 217

College 237

Professional Soccer in St. Louis: A Buildup to MLS 264

Closing Words 326

Note From the Author 327

About the Author 335

Endnotes 336

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