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Round 2: The Rematch for St Louis and Des Moines

 St. Louis, Mo. (May 20th, 2011)- The St Louis Lions hit the road for their second consecutive match against the Des Moines Menace on Saturday night. The Lions will then return home on Sunday to face Real Colorado in the Home Opener, 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in St Charles. Both weekend matchups are qualifying matches for the prestigious US Open Cup.

“This is a big weekend for us and all of our players are ready,” says Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We played well last weekend and we came up short but this weekend is a different game and we will go in and work hard to get a different result. We need the to win this game to stay alive in the Open Cup.”

The Lions dropped the season opener last Saturday night 2-1. The Lions came out aggressive in the game and went on top 1-0, on a head ball by Ernad Cavka at the 30 minute mark. In the second half the Lions gave up two goals in the eventual loss.  

After the game Saturday night the Lions will return home in preparations for their Home Opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00PM at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex.

“It’s the Home Opener and we can’t wait to play in front of our fans.” Said Jonny Brown Lions midfielder “I can’t wait to hear our fans cheering for us but first we have a job to do on Saturday night and we can’t think about that now. We need to win in Des Moines”

This is the sixth season for the Lions in the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League. The Lions hold a 4-1 record on Home Openers.

“Every year we look to improve and this year I think we have stepped up our talent level once again. This will be an exciting season but we have a tough start in facing Des Moines twice and the Colorado. This is the Heartland Conference it is solid from top to bottom.” said Mike Poropat Assistant Head Coach of the Lions.    

The 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament features teams from four of the five tiers of the American Soccer Pyramid. These four levels—Major League Soccer, United Soccer League’s Pro League, the USL’s Premier Development League, the National Premier Soccer League, and the United States Adult Soccer Association— each have their own separate qualification process to trim their ranks down to their final club delegations in the months leading up to the start of the tournament proper.

The event will feature 40 teams. Eight clubs from Major League Soccer will participate, six that automatically qualify based on last season’s league position and two that qualify through a play-in tournament. In addition, 11 USL Pro League clubs, 9 clubs from the USL Premier Development League, 4 clubs from the National Premier Soccer League, and 8 USASA clubs and will also qualify.

For information on 2011 Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Individual Game Tickets call 636-939-5151 or visit www.stllions

Press release from the St. Louis Lions.


Sounders and Crew Battle for US Open Cup Title Tuesday Night

The Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew will meet in the 97th edition of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final Tuesday night at Qwest Field in Seattle.  The winner will not only add their name to the Dewar Cup trophy, the oldest trophy in American team sports, but take home $100,000 in prize money.  The game will be televised on FSC at 9:00 pm CT.

The Seattle Sounders won last year’s Cup, defeating DC United.  Although MLS clubs have won the US Open Cup all but once since joining the competition in 1996, no club has won two years in a row.  Coach Sigi Schmid’s Seattle Sounders will have home field advantage, however, and the home team is 9-3-0 in title games since MLS teams joined the fray.

The Columbus Crew got to the finals by defeating the USSF D2 Rochester Rhinos and the USL-2 Charleston Battery at Crew Stadium before downing DC United at RFK Stadium.  The Rochester Rhinos are the only non-MLS to win the Cup since 1996 and were the regular season champions of USSF D2, and thus are the top seed in the USSF D2 playoffs beginning this week.    The Charleston Battery were the champions of USL-2, defeating the Richmond Kickers for the title.  And DC United played in the US Open Cup title game last season, so the Crew had some formidable competition in getting to this year’s final.
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US Open Cup Wednesday Night Results: DC United, Seattle Sounders Advance

DC United defeated the USL-2 Richmond Kickers 2-0, and the Seattle Sounders ousted the Portland Timbers on penalty kicks Wednesday night to advance to the next round of US Open Cup play. The Houston Dynamo, Chivas USA, LA Galaxy and Columbus Crew of MLS, and the Charleston Battery and Harrisburg City Islanders of USL-2, qualified with wins Tuesday night. No USSF D2 team advanced.

DC United faced the Kickers in Fairfax, Va before a crowd of over 2,900. After a scoreless first half, DC United got it in gear as longtime DC hero Jamie Morena buried a shot past Kicker’s keeper Ronnie Pascale right after intermission, assisted from the right wing by DC’s Thabiso Khalamo. The Kickers had a chance to equalize two minutes later but a Sascha Gorres shot was knocked away by a DC United defender for a corner. Santino Quaranta doubled the score for DC United in the 57th minute, as his chip shot was deflected into the Kickers’ net. DC United held on for the win despite a good effort from Richmond. DC United outshot the Kickers 11-5, and had the advantage in corner kicks, 7-5.
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Proud of Our Team

AC St. Louis went to LA and played the big boys of American soccer, the LA Galaxy, and held them scoreless for almost 70 minutes before finally succumbing 2-0.  The Galaxy took the game seriously.  They rested a few starters but had such players with World Cup experience such as Eddie Lewis and Clint Mathis in their starting lineup Tuesday, along with longtime veterans with many national team caps such as Jovan Kirovski and St. Louisan Chris Klein, who scored the opening goal.  Klein’s goal may have taken a deflection, and Juninho’s late goal for LA definetely took a deflection off of Jack Traynor to get past Alec Dufty and into back of the net.  AC St. Louis looked lively on offense, especially in the first half, but were unable to finish. 

I am very proud of our AC St. Louis team.  Coach Dale Schilly has them looking brighter offensively, although the goals have yet to come.  Defensively, AC St. Louis has had over 425 consecutive minutes of shutout ball before Klein’s goal last night.  That’s fantastic work on the backline and the goal.  This team showed its spirit and determination in Los Angeles last night, and I am looking forward to seeing them at AB Soccer Park this coming Saturday evening against the Carolina RailHawks.  Let’s get another unbeaten streak going !!!
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AC St. Louis Ousted from US Open Cup by LA Galaxy

Press release from AC St. Louis….thanks Tony. 


Run In U.S. Open Cup Comes To An End In Third Round

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 29, 2010) – AC St. Louis, playing in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS 2-0 on Tuesday night at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California in a third round game of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

St. Louis and LA traded punches in the games opening minutes. The Galaxy forced Alec Dufty to make a save from a corner kick, Dufty then sprang AC St. Louis down field on a quick counter attack which resulted in Gauchinho forcing a save from the Galaxy goalkeeper. St. Louis got back on the attack in the 8th minute when Luke Kreamalmeyer won a ball in midfield and played Mike Ambersley through. Ambersley’s left-footed shot went just wide of the Galaxy’s right post as St. Louis established their presence against the MLS side.
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AC St. Louis vs. Galaxy live blog

Join us here at 9:15 CDT for the live blog we will be conducting on the AC St. Louis vs. LA Galaxy game.

We will be doing up to the minute tweets on our Twitter as well as putting what is going on in the game on this post as well.

Therefore, we will see you later on, and GO AC!

AC St. Louis v. LA Galaxy: AC St. Louis Press Release


Team Set For Third Round Showdown With LA Galaxy Tonight

ST. LOUIS, MO (June 29, 2010) – AC St. Louis of the U.S.S.F. Division II Pro League will face the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer tonight in a third-round match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kick-of is set for 9:30 p.m. CT from The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Fans can follow the action on Match Commentary this evening at www.ac-stlouis.com and at www.lagalaxy.com.

AC St. Louis has advanced to tonight’s game by registering back-to-back 1-0 road wins over the Des Moines Menace and the NSC Minnesota Stars. Tonight will be the first game this season for the Galaxy in this competition. Major League Soccer teams enter the U.S. Open Cup in the third-round, just as English Premier League teams enter the FA Cup in the third round. Los Angeles has previously won the U.S. Open Cup in 2001 and 2005. The Galaxy have an all-time record of 4-1 in third-round matches.
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