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AC St Louis: Two More Signings?

Alec Dufty, AC's keeper?

Today there is new talk on the net that AC St. Louis are going to sign F Elvir Kafedzic and GK Alec Dufty.

St. Louisan Kafedzic, 27, is a native of Foca, Bosnia.  His family left war-torn Bosnia for Germany before coming to St. Louis.  Kafedzic attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo and was a member of their 2004 NAIA Championship squad.  Drafted in 2005 by the St. Louis Steamers of the MISL, Kafedzic has also played for the California Cougars and St. Louis Illusion indoor teams and was picked for the 2007 US National Futsal Squad.  Seeing a short video of the 6’2″striker playing outdoors reminded me a bit of another Bosnian/St. Louisan, Bundesliga superstar Vedad Ibesivic of Hoffenheim.

Alec Dufty is a 22 year old goalkeeper who spent time in MLS with NYRB in 2009, playing in relief of GK Danny Cepero in a match against the Houston Dynamo.  Despite shutting out Houston, Dufty was waived, but signed by the MLS as part of its reserve goalkeeper pool.  The 6’5″ Dufty played his college ball at the University of Evansville.

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9 Responses

  1. Duffy would be a solid signing.

  2. i think that they should sign Greg Crook as their Keeper. He is a local talent who made it through all of the try outs! He has superb ball distribution, amazing reflexes, and is a natural born leader.

  3. Do you think either Dufty or Crook has what it takes to be the #1 goalkeeper, even in Div2?

    • Of course Dufty has what it takes to be the # goal keeper. He played an amazing shut out game against Houston. He spend the rest of the MLS season training with the Crew. He has more than enough training and ability. The best is yet to come!

      • Thanks for the info, Meghan. You obviously know a lot more about him than I do. Sounds like Dufty has the right
        stuff.

  4. i think they both do. I played highschool soccer with Crook and he is one of the most talented keepers i’ve seen to come out of the St. Louis area. Dufty has him on the height, but i think crook is more reflexive and a better shot blocker. He’s fast and smart.

    • Interesting. Not doubting either guys’ abilities, just wondering about the experience factor. I think this team and the talent-level of the league is going to be higher than people expect. Thanks for the informed comments. Any more suggestions for players AC STL should sign?

  5. I agree that the talent level of this team and the respective league is going to take many by surprise. I trust that the coaching staff of AC St. Louis will make the right choices and the choices that will not only benefit the team, but benefits the fans as well. I think using more local talent will make more people more inclined to come out and watch the games.

    • AC St. Louis is being successful in blending local players with players from other backgrounds and nationalities. I would love to see them sign Kafedzic — he’s a bonafide goal scorer and has height. I’d love to see ACSTL sign a player of Mexican heritage also — it’d be great for the Bosnian and Mexican communities here to have an individual player to cheer for.

      Just thinking out loud, there are some pretty good players who are out of contract. The KC Wizards haven’t resigned Kevin Hartman or Claudio Lopez. Former USMNT player Lee Nguyen had his contract terminated by his Vietnamese team last weekend, apparently over a dispute with the coach. I’m wondering if Jeff Cooper has another big signing up his sleeve like inking Steve Ralston.

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