Saint Louis FC

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Saint Louis FC
Full name Saint Louis Football Club
Founded 2014
Stadium World Wide Technology Soccer Park
Fenton, Missouri
Owner SLSG Pro LLC
CEO Jim Kavanaugh
Head coach Preki
League USL
2016 14th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Saint Louis FC is an American professional soccer team based in St. Louis, Missouri. The team was founded in May, 2014, and competes in the United Soccer League. The team is the Major League Soccer affiliate of the Chicago Fire and plays at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.


SLSG Pro LLC (affiliated with St. Louis area youth club St. Louis Scott Gallagher) was awarded the USL Pro franchise on May 1, 2014.[2] That same day, the club announced that they would play their home games at the 5,500 seat World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton, Missouri. Dale Schilly, the youth club director of SLSG, was named head coach.[3]

On June 2, 2014, it was announced that the team's name was Saint Louis Football Club.[4]

Former AC St. Louis player Mike Ambersley was the first player signed to the team on January 13, 2015.[5]

On January 16, 2015, the team announced their affiliation with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer.[6]

Saint Louis FC played their inaugural game on March 28, 2015, losing to Louisville City 2–0.[7] Their first victory was against the Tulsa Roughnecks on April 2, 2015, winning 2–0. Jeremie Lynch scored the team's first ever goal in the 42nd minute.[8] Their home debut was a 1–1 draw against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on April 11, 2015, before of a sellout crowd of 5,280.[9] The team's first home win came against the Wilmington Hammerheads on May 9, 2015, with the winning goal by Sam Fink.[10]

On May 16, 2016, Saint Louis FC announced that they had acquired the PDL team Springfield Synergy FC and renamed the team as Saint Louis FC U-23.[11]

On August 15, 2016 Saint Louis FC announced that Dale Shilly has been relieved from his coaching duties. Tim Leonard has been named as interim Head Coach. [12]

On October 12, 2016 Saint Louis FC introduced Preki as the new head coach.[13]


The official supporters group of Saint Louis FC is the St. Louligans. The St. Louligans were founded in 2010 when several local soccer fan groups joined forces at AC St. Louis home games. These small groups eventually decided to create a new group to unite them all, and the St. Louligans were born. They have provided strong support for a number of Saint Louis area soccer teams, including: AC St. Louis, Saint Louis Athletica, St. Louis Lions, and Illinois Piasa [14]

Saint Louis FC is working very closely with the St. Louligans to encourage their support, and on July 9, 2014, the club awarded the Louligans with the first Saint Louis FC season ticket. The group has promised that for each home game, they will give a new fan the ticket as a way to encourage new fans to join the St. Louligans and support Saint Louis FC.[15]

The St. Louligans also have a smaller subgroup, the Louligan Ladies, who were founded in 2014 as a way to encourage more women to support soccer and join the St. Louligans.


The club conducted a fan vote to decide the team's crest.[4] The logo chosen includes a fleur-de-lis, which acts as the focal point of the logo and pays tribute to Saint Louis' French heritage. Also included in the logo is a reference to the year the city was founded, 1764, and 5 lines to represent the club's 5 core values: Unity, Humility, Passion, Respect, and Tradition.[16]


As of September 25, 2016
Season United Soccer League Play-offs US Open Cup Top Scorer
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Pos Player Goals
2015 28 8 9 11 30 40 -10 33 9th Did not qualify 4R United States Bryan Gaul 6
2016 30 8 10 12 42 44 -2 34 14th Did not qualify 3R El Salvador Irvin Herrera 14

Team roster[edit]

Saint Louis FC players in a huddle prior to a match kickoff

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

As of May 2, 2016 [17]

No. Position Player Nation
0 Goalkeeper Cortes, EduardoEduardo Cortes      Mexico
1 Goalkeeper Pais, MarkMark Pais      United States
2 Defender Dixon, RichardRichard Dixon      Jamaica
3 Defender Fink, SamSam Fink      United States
4 Defender Cochran, A. J.A. J. Cochran      United States
5 Defender Lurie, MitchellMitchell Lurie      United States
6 Midfielder Maher, ParkerParker Maher      United States
7 Midfielder Hardware, JamielJamiel Hardware      Jamaica
8 Midfielder Bond, ChadChad Bond      Wales
9 Forward Lynch, JeremieJeremie Lynch      Jamaica
10 Midfielder Takada, KentaroKentaro Takada      Japan
11 Midfielder Renken, CharlesCharles Renken      United States
12 Midfielder David, TylerTyler David      United States
13 Goalkeeper Thompson, RyanRyan Thompson      Jamaica
14 Defender Musa, JamesJames Musa      New Zealand
15 Forward Ambersley, MikeMike Ambersley      United States
16 Defender Bond, JakeJake Bond      United States
17 Midfielder Bushue, JacobJacob Bushue      United States
19 Forward Herrera, IrvinIrvin Herrera      El Salvador
20 Midfielder Cicciarelli, VinceVince Cicciarelli      United States
21 Defender Vandegriffe, ChadChad Vandegriffe      United States
23 Forward Roberts, JordanJordan Roberts      England
24 Goalkeeper Clancy, SeanSean Clancy      United States
25 Midfielder Barklage, BrandonBrandon Barklage      United States
32 Midfielder Tshuma, SchilloSchillo Tshuma      Zimbabwe
55 Defender Stanley, AedanAedan Stanley      United States
91 Midfielder Rudolph, SethSeth Rudolph      United States


Source: [18]


  • United States Preki – head coach
  • United States Matt Caution – assistant coach
  • United States Brian Jones – goalkeeping coach
  • United States Nick Caruso – strength and conditioning coach
  • United States Brian Bounds – athletic trainer

Front office[edit]

  • Jim Kavanaugh – chief executive officer
  • Tom Strunk – chief financial officer
  • Rob Ebert – general counsel
  • Patrick Barry – executive director
  • Jeremy Alumbaugh – general manager
  • Jon Beilstein – director of sales and business development
  • Kevin Wygant – director of corporate partnerships
  • Andy Krus – director of finance
  • Grant Finley – communications and game operations manager
  • Nick Dawes – marketing manager

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marshall Wireless Stadium". Saint Louis FC. April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "USL PRO Announces St. Louis Expansion". United Soccer Leagues (USL). May 1, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pro Soccer Returning to St. Louis in 2015". Riverfront Times. May 2, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Saint Louis FC to Join USL Pro Next Season". Saint Louis CBS Local. June 4, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Saint Louis FC Announces Mike Ambersley as First Signing". Jason McAdams. Reckless Challange. January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saint Louis FC Announces Fire as MLS Affiliate". January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ "STLFC loses inaugural game 2–0". Tom Timmermann. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. March 28, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Saint Louis FC Earns Historic First Win On Road". United Soccer League (USL). April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "St. Louis FC plays to draw in home debut". Joe Lyons. St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 11, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Fink's Late Goal Leads STL FC to Home Victory". Saint Louis FC. May 9, 2015. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Saint Louis FC acquires PDL side Springfield Synergy FC". Saint Louis FC. May 16, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Coaching Change". Saint Loius FC. August 15, 2016. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Saint Loius FC Names Preki As Head Coach". Saint Louis FC. October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "St. Louligans". Saint Louis FC. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Saint Louis FC Awards First Season Ticket". Our Sports Central. July 10, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Pro Soccer in St. Louis". Saint Louis FC. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Saint Louis FC". Saint Louis FC. Retrieved May 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Saint Louis FC". Saint Louis FC. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 

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