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  The rich history of St. Louis amateur soccer was built generations ago by players, coaches, and supporters who all shared a common bond:  their love for the “beautiful game.”

St. Louis has often been referred to as the “Soccer Capital of America.”  The reasons for this are many.  St. Louis is one of the few places in the United States with a soccer heritage that can be traced back for multiple generations.  As a major industrial center in the late 1800’s, immigrant communities flourished in St. Louis - along with their passion for the sport.  Local amateur clubs built national reputations throughout the early and mid 1900’s.  Thanks to its depth of talent, six St. Louisans played for the USA team that defeated England at the 1950 World Cup, and every USA World Cup roster ever since has included at least one St. Louis area native.  And the St. Louis Metropolitan area can claim more national and regional soccer championships than any other city, including youth, collegiate and adult titles.

In addition to soccer programs in elementary schools, high schools, and local colleges and universities, club soccer has existed in St. Louis for more than 100 years. With a legacy of exceptional talent, colorful personalities, and strong local rivalries between teams often named after the neighborhood businesses that sponsor them, local club soccer has remained a unique and enduring strength of the sport in St. Louis.

Now, with the formation of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, three of the area’s finest clubs – St. Louis / Busch Soccer Club, Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, and Metro United Soccer Club have joined together to establish a new era in St. Louis club soccer.

 

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