On any given Saturday, local soccer fields and indoor sports complexes are packed with young players vying for valor, fitness and, of course, a bit of fun. Starting in November these young athletes will have the opportunity to cheer on a professional team.
The St. Louis Ambush, which captured the 1994-95 league championship, recently announced that it will be playing again in the 2013-14 Major Indoor Soccer League season. St. Louis has a long history of indoor pro soccer, though it's been seven years since the city last had a team. St. Louis Ambush Owner Andrew Haines is excited about the impact it could have on local youth soccer.
"Our goal is to get involved with the local youth soccer clubs and encourage more kids to play soccer," Haines said. "Having a professional team to cheer on and have professional soccer players as role models should have a great impact on the youth players."
The St. Louis Ambush will play at The Family Arena in St. Charles, with Daryl Doran as head coach. Doran has played with every professional indoor soccer team in St. Louis — the original Steamers, the Storm, the Ambush and the revived Steamers. The league is expected to schedule the season home opener for mid-November; dates should be made available in late August or early September. For a preview of the action, catch open player tryouts 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Aug. 3 and 4, at Vetta Sports, 1425 Cottleville Road, St. Peters, Mo., 63376.
While the Ambush hope to win a league title, Haines said it's equally important that they provide a great game day experience for fans.
"We want to have high-quality soccer, but we also need to provide entertainment," Haines said. "We will have some music throughout the game, a dance team, mascot, in-game promotions and more. Not all our fans are soccer fans, so we want to cater to as many people as possible."
"It's important that people have fun," he said. "The more funs kids have the more they will want to participate."