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!
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|Publisher:||Meyer & Meyer Sport|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Table of Contents
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
Part IV The Golden Vault: Bonus Material 208
The 1950 World Cup USMNT 208
High School: A Rich Tradition of Champions 217
Professional Soccer in St. Louis: A Buildup to MLS 264
Closing Words 326
Note From the Author 327
About the Author 335