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A Team of Our Own

 By Gerry Wittmann

In less than sixty days, a drought of over 30 years will have finally ended. We will have a men’s professional soccer team in St. Louis to cheer for. Since the St. Louis Stars left after the 1977 season, we’ve endured a long, chilly spell without a home professional men’s soccer team to cheer for.

Not unlike the cold, snowy winter here that has long outlasted its charm, being without a team has its bleak moments. Things have improved greatly in the last fifteen years with internet streaming, soccer blogs and sites, FSC, Gol TV, coverage on ESPN, the arrival of MLS, fan clubs and bars featuring televised soccer on big screens, but still, being a fan of the beautiful game can be a lonely existence. 

How often has your neighbor asked if you watched your favorite team last night?  How many soccer pools have you been in at work?  Seen anyone at the grocery store wearing the jersey of

your beloved, adopted soccer team lately?   Have you heard any transfer rumors on sports talk radio driving home from work recently?

On April 17, 2010 AC St. Louis plays its first home game at Soccer Park against the Austin Aztex. There will be 22 men on the pitch, 11 of who will be wearing OUR colors.

We’ll be with thousands of new friends, singing, yelling, and cheering. I’m sure most of us will continue our allegiance to the teams we’ve adopted over the years in other cities and other lands, but when the ball is kicked off we’ll be united. We will be ONE.

We will have a team of our own.

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3 Responses

  1. Well said. Wish I could be there on 4/17. Good Luck!

  2. I’m so happy for St Louis!

  3. This will be the first time I will ever be watching a soccer match with a St. Louis side… I cannot wait to be a part of it!

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