Saint Louis FC
|Full name||Saint Louis Football Club|
|Stadium||World Wide Technology Soccer Park
|Owner||SLSG Pro LLC|
|Head Coach||Dale Schilly|
|2015||9th, Eastern Conference
|Website||Club home page|
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's Major League Soccer affiliate is the Chicago Fire and plays at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.
SLSG Pro LLC was awarded the USL Pro franchise on May 1, 2014. 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 St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, was named head coach. Saint Louis FC is owned and operated by SLSG PRO, affiliated with the large youth club St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club.
On June 2, 2014, it was announced that the club would be named Saint Louis Football Club.
STLFC made its debut on March 28, 2015, losing to Louisville City 2–0. Their first victory was against the Tulsa Roughnecks on April 2, 2015 by a 2–0 score. Jeremie Lynch scored their first ever goal in the 42nd minute. Their home debut was a 1–1 draw at the Soccer Park against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on April 11, 2015 before a sellout crowd of 5,280. The team's first home win came on May 9, 2015 with a goal by defender, Sam Fink.
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, St. Louis Athletica, the St. Louis Lions, Illinois Piasa, Fire and Ice FC, and FC Bordo.
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.
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.
Colors and logo
The club conducted a fan vote to decide the team's crest. 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.
- As of September 21, 2015
|Season||United Soccer League||Play-offs||US Open Cup||Top Scorer|
|2015||28||8||9||11||30||40||-10||33||9th||Did not qualify||4R||Bryan Gaul||6|
- Dale Schilly – Head Coach
- Tim Leonard – Assistant Coach
- Ralph Richards – Assistant Coach
- Brian Jones – Goalkeeping Coach
- Nick Caruso – Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Nathan Burney – Athletic Trainer
- Jim Kavanaugh – CEO
- Tom Strunk – CFO
- Rob Ebert – CLO
- Patrick Barry – Executive Director
- Jeremy Alumbaugh – General Manager
- Giselle Paletta – Director of Sales
- Andy Krus – Director of Finance
- Tom Rodgers – Communications Manager
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