According to informed sources, NASL owners will be meeting in a few days with potential buyers of the AC St. Louis franchise currently playing in the USSF D2. Rumors that current AC St. Louis owner Jeff Cooper was looking to sell AB Soccer Park were confirmed today, along with the news that potential new ownership of the team has surfaced. The meeting between NASL representatives and the potential new owners of the club will take place in St. Louis.
There has been no word as of yet who those buyers may be.
Jeff Cooper announced the formation of the AC St. Louis franchise as part of the revived NASL in December, 2009. Later, Coach Claude Anelka and Director of Operations Francisco Filho were announced. In February, legendary MLS star Steve Ralston, a St. Louis native, was signed by the team.
In May, news of financial problems with the ownership of AC St. Louis and its sister club, the St. Louis Athletica of the WPS surfaced. Shortly afterwards, the St. Louis Athletica were forced to cease operations. Disputes with the Vaid brothers, London-based investors in the clubs along with Cooper, were eventually settled and Cooper regained ownership of the team. Cooper, however, was not present at either the NASL league meetings in May or the recent USSF meetings concerning the future of Division 2 soccer in the United States.
We will have more news about the sale of the AC St. Louis club as it develops.