The AC St. Louis Fanatic has learned today that USSF D2 club AC St. Louis has fired Coach Claude Anelka. Anelka, 42, is a Frenchman who previously coached at Raith Rovers in Scotland and with FC Trappes in France. Mr. Anelka was hired by AC St. Louis on December 8, 2009 as the first coach of the new NASL franchise, owned by Jeff Cooper. AC St. Louis is currently in last place in the in the USSF D2 NASL conference with a 2-7-1 record, but has won three games in a row, all on the road, recently. One of the victories was a league game, the other two wins were in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup play. AC St. Louis plays Saturday at AB Soccer Park against the Vancouver Whitecaps, and travels to LA afterwards for a Tuesday June 29 US Open Cup contest against the LA Galaxy.
I’m puzzled by the news of Coach Anelka’s firing. The team has won three games in a row after a rough start, and the young players have never stopped giving effort during the game. Mr. Anelka has always been gracious with Dave and I at the Fanatic. We wish him all the best.
We will post more news on this coaching change at AB Soccer Park as it becomes available.