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The Foundry St. Louis

One of two groups that want to bring major league soccer to St. Louis will hold a public forum Tuesday night.

Foundry St. Louis is a group of mostly St. Louis residents attempting to secure an MLS Soccer franchise and stadium.

The group is offering people the chance to give their input on initial plans for a stadium that could possibly be built near the Saint Louis University campus in the city of St. Louis.

Foundry St. Louis President Nicholas Mahrt says St. Louis deserves an MLS team because of the area’s history with the sport.

(Tim Lloyd)

Busch Stadium will again play host to an international soccer match this summer.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced Wednesday that Liverpool F.C., from England, will take on the Italian Club A.S. Roma on Monday, August 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Saadiq Mohhamed and Sa'ad Hussein are two Somali soccer stars that have started a new life in St. Louis after leaving their war-torn home. They are pictured here working with children at a St. Louis soccer park.
J.R. Biersmith

There was a point late into the filming of “Men in the Arena” that director and St. Louis native J.R. Biersmith realized his relationship with the documentary’s subjects was fundamentally altered. A journalist by trade, this was a different challenge than he was used to — but then again, everything in Somalia, where Biersmith had traveled to shoot the documentary about the national soccer team, was a challenge unlike anything he was used to.

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

American soccer defender Lori Chalupny is a 2015 World Cup champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist who also got her start right here in St. Louis. A few months ago, Chalupny announced her official retirement from the sport…but not completely.

Major League Soccer has begun searching for a stadium site in St. Louis. With that news, “St. Louis on the Air” decided to look back at the history of the sport in St. Louis.
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Major League Soccer has begun searching for a stadium site in St. Louis. With that news, “St. Louis on the Air” decided to look back at the history of the sport in St. Louis.

Sam Sextro lights candles across the street from the Edward Jones Dome while mourning the city's loss of the Rams. Sextro and a friend, who ran a St. Louis University High Rams fan club, met outside the stadium Wednesday for a "final tailgate."
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

This commentary was originally posted on St. Louis Public Radio reporter Maria Altman’s Facebook page on January 14, 2016. It was recorded for “St. Louis on the Air” on January 19, 2016. Listen to the radio commentary here:

Some thought on the Rams leaving for L.A.:

The African Diaspora Council Inc. is holding its first annual Nelson Mandela celebration this weekend. The event marks Nelson Mandela's 96th birthday. 

The African Diaspora Council’s event includes a dinner, a cultural performance, a 6K run and a soccer tournament.  

The tournament, which is scheduled for Saturday evening, will feature four teams representing different countries.  The teams will consist of players of varying African descent and other local community members.

Lance Holmes takes a drink after practice, right before Deisner, right, gives a post-practice talk to the team.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

Street soccer takes on a different meaning this Saturday. The St. Louis Roadies will host a tournament, shutting down a block of Morgan Ford Road. This team, made up of men who are homeless or have been homeless at some point during their lives, uses this annual event to raise funds so The Roadies can travel to San Francisco to compete in the upcoming national tournament for homeless soccer teams.

(Tim Lloyd)

St. Louis will once again have its own professional soccer team.

Many green- and white-clad soccer fans celebrated the exciting news at the St. Louis Scott Gallagher soccer club facilities, where the club and United Soccer Leagues (USL) made the announcement Thursday.

(Tim Lloyd)

The owners of two amateur soccer teams are joining forces to bring a United Soccer Leagues professional team to St. Louis.

Tony Glavin owner and coach of the St. Louis Lions and Andrew Haines, St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team owner, are hoping to establish pro team presence by 2015.

The partners created a website to gauge interest. Glavin calls the response "phenomenal."

(courtesy St. Louligans)

It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday and soccer fans fill the Amsterdam Tavern in south city, a bar known for opening before most people wake up on the weekend.

On this day three English Premier League matches are showing on mounted TVs, but the big attraction is Arsenal vs. Fulham. Nearly everyone has a beer in hand.

When Arsenal scores the bar erupts in cheers.

"Arsenal is pretty popular in this area," explains Mitch Morice, co-founder of the soccer supporter group the St. Louligans.

Soccer scores with bringing people together

Sep 4, 2013
Beacon archive | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Moving to a new town or city can be a daunting experience for anybody; friends and family have often been left behind with little to no knowledge of where the path ahead may lead. So imagine the difficulty for those arriving from different countries; having to navigate a new language, traverse a new culture and in some cases learn how to drive on the opposite side of the road.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In May, St. Louis saw Man City’s spirited comeback from 3-0 down to win 4-3 over Chelsea in front of a capacity crowd at Busch Stadium. On Saturday, Real Madrid and Inter Milan face off. Is it fair to say that soccer is back in St. Louis?

The 48,363 fans who filled the stadium on May 23 had many heads turning; are there really that many soccer fans here?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: I am a kid from north St. Louis. Actually I am no longer a kid but when it comes to soccer, there is always a kid inside me wanting to get back on the field to compete.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

A major sports rivalry comes to Busch Stadium on Thursday - but it doesn't involve the Cubs, or the Brewers, or baseball at all.

The exhibition game between Manchester City and Chelsea of the English Premier League will be the first time that the stadium locals sometimes call "Baseball Heaven" hosts a sporting event other than baseball since it opened in 2006.

Here's how you convert a baseball diamond to a soccer pitch.

"Oh boy."

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

St. Louis soccer fans rejoice - you'll get a chance to see a storied rivalry right here in the city.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that Manchester City and Chelsea of the English Premier League will play an exhibition match at Busch Stadium on May 23, with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. There will be a practice the day before open to those holding all-inclusive tickets.


Harry Keough, a member of the U.S. soccer team that upset England at the 1950 World Cup, has died. He was 84.

Keough was a native St. Louisan and coached soccer at Saint Louis University, where he won five national NCAA titles.

Keough died Tuesday, U.S. Soccer Federation spokesman Michael Kammarman said.

A defender who had one goal in 19 appearances for the U.S. from 1949-57, Keough started all three games for the Americans at the 1950 World Cup and was captain when the U.S. played Spain in its opener.