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V I C T O R Y !!! AC St. Louis Triumphs 1-0

AC St. Louis got its first win of the season, as a 1st minute goal by Manuel Kante was enough to hold off Crystal Palace Baltimore, 1-0, in a physical contest.  AC St. Louis midfielder/assistant coach Steve Ralston warmed up prior to the game but did not see action.

“The monkey is off our backs,” said Jack Traynor after the game, as over 2900 fans witnessed the first victory of our new team.   On a night where heavy thunderstorms were predicted for game time, the weather instead was calm, as was the team’s play, although the fans were again loud and boisterous. The chant of “AC”  rang through the park, and smokebombs filled the air during a night of celebration.

Crystal Palace Baltimore played well, and Coach Jim Cherneski must be frustrated by their inability to take advantage of scoring chances.  AC St. Louis goalkeeper Alec Dufty did his part, making two fine saves on a breakaway in the 36th minute of the first half, and was able to record his first clean sheet of 2010.

Indeed, the starting back five of Dufty along with Zach Bauer, Dillon Barna, Tim Velten and Mark Bloom were stellar.  Barna used his height and strength to great advantage, and the backline was poised and calm.  Communication has definetely improved.

Midfield play was also much more cohesive for AC  St. Louis, as the players were able to stretch the field and continued their hustling ways.  Manuel Kante was again all over the field, disrupting Baltimore attacks, and Luke Kreamalmeyer displayed some nifty moves up the flanks.  Mike Ambersley looked good in his first action back from injury, and Troy Cole was again effective.  Chris Salvaggione had a scoring chance around the 15 minute mark, as did Brad Stisser late in the 1st half, and they both injected life into the attack.

I can’t say enough about how well the team played.  I’ve been saying again and again that it will take time, that it takes playing together for a team to gel, but tonight AC St. Louis played two solid halves, were constantly moving forward and keeping possession, and were strong at the back.  Congratulations to Coach Claude Anelka on his first victory in St. Louis !!!

Second half substitutes included Anthony O’Garro for Brad Stisser, Jack Traynor for Chris Salvaggione, Hagop Chirishian for Mike Ambersley and Ryan Moore for Manuel Kante.

Starting Lineup:  Dufty, Bauer, Bloom, Barna, Velten, Cole, Kante, Salvaggione, Ambersley, Kreamalmeyer, Stisser


3 Responses

  1. Couldn’t make it to this game unfortunately. But watched the stream online. Looked good out there. Better passing and connecting the whole game.

    Hopefully this starts a nice streak of wins! Also was great to actually see what Section 20 looks like to everyone else that doesn’t there.

    • You could see us on the stream this time? Oh, I’m going to have to make time for it!

  2. It was great to be there for our sides first victory. Too bad there were not more fans. I’m sure the weather had something to do with that. Still, three thousand fans saw history.
    It was also Bosnian Night and we were treated to a beautiful rendition of both the Bosnian and USA national anthems. I ate four Bosnian kabobs, also great.

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