Midfielder Steve Ralston, the first player signed by the AC St. Louis franchise, has re-signed today with the New England Revolution of MLS. Steve was with the Revolution from 2002 through the 2009 season, before signing with his hometown team this winter. Steve holds many MLS records, including those for assists, games played and minutes played. There is no doubt that New England fans and Rev’s coach Stevie Nicol are excited to have Steve back in Beantown. AC St. Louis, suffering from financial difficulties, have been looking into selling higher-priced players on their roster or buying out their contracts in an effort to gain financial stability. Brian Quarstad broke the news of Steve returning to MLS on his Inside Minnesota Soccer blog last week, and got the story up about Steve signing with the Revs this morning. Here is the link http://www.insidemnsoccer.com/
We are certainly going to miss Steve Ralston here. Not only an excellent player, he also assisted AC St. Louis coach Claude Anelka and was a great ambassador for the team, apprearing on Fox Football Fone-In last February, KMOX’s Sports on a Sunday Morning with Ron Jacober as well as other numerous media outlets, including the Fanatic, where he was gracious enough to do a postgame interview with Dave Trotter earlier in the season. I own an autographed Steve Ralson #14 shirt and had the good fortune to chat with Steve earlier in the season. What a fantastic, classy individual. Best of luck to Steve and his family, and a sincere thank you from all AC St. Louis fans for believing in us.