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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.

(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.

(Courtesy SoccerSTL.net)

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.