St. Louis CITY SC Back on The Road Facing Indiana Fire Academy

ST. LOUIS CITY SC BACK ON THE ROAD FACING INDIANA FIRE ACADEMY

ACADEMY TEAMS CONTINUE MLS NEXT ACTION AGAINST INDIANA FIRE

St. Louis CITY SC Academy continues its young MLS NEXT season with a quick road trip to Indiana Fire Academy on Saturday, September 18 at Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana. Fresh off their emphatic 11-0 victory against Midwest United FC, the U16 team will look to add another win when they kick off at 1:15 p.m. CST, while the U17 team will look to bounce back from their first loss at 11:00 a.m. CST.

STL CITY’s U16 team created continuous waves of attack against Midwest United, with Jackson Delkus netting an impressive 6 goals, taking his tally to 8 goals in 2 games. Omar Cilic, Landon Weber, Gavin Netzel and Nathan Harmon also found the back of the net, rounding off a ruthless display of entertaining and attacking soccer. The U16 team kept another clean sheet and will look to replicate a similar defensive mindset against a tough Indiana Fire Academy team, who have scored 6 goals in 2 games so far in MLS NEXT action.

“This game will be a good test for us,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “It is very easy for players to lose focus, especially after a big win, but the boys have been great in training. I have said before, we are playing the infinite game, so our main goal is to improve each week, regardless of the result.”

The U17 team put up a spirited fight against Midwest United but was just edged 3-2 after conceding a late goal. After going down a goal early in the game, the team fought back to take the lead just before half-time. STL CITY U17s have been tremendous in front of the net, scoring 14 goals in three games. While the boys continue to impress on the attacking end, they will be keen on putting in a complete defensive performance and limiting their opponents’ chances.

“In the grand scheme of things, last weekend’s result could be good for us” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “I think the guys are ready to get back to winning ways and I’ve noticed a positive reaction in the drive and attitude of the players in training. We have a very talented group, so for us it is all about focusing on our principles, especially on the defensive end.”

COACHES’ NOTES 

Here’s what the St. Louis CITY SC Academy Coaches expect to see heading into this week’s match:

  • Learn from our mistakes and apply our attacking and defensive principles against Indiana Fire Academy
  • Continue building our identity by creating as many key actions as possible from our playing style
  • Play with initiative and create continuous waves of attack
  • Execute our highly active pressing, hunting like a Wolfpack to regain possession of the ball
  • Start the game on the front foot by maintaining our solid defensive shape for the entire game

To learn more about the academy, find player bios and rosters here.

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BRINGING ALL THINGS ST. LOUIS CITY STRAIGHT TO YOUR PHONE

BRINGING ALL THINGS ST. LOUIS CITY STRAIGHT TO YOUR PHONE

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The New Custom-Built St. Louis CITY SC Mobile App Will Give Fans Insider Access and Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Content

As professional sports teams increasingly turn to mobile technology to keep their fan base updated, connected and engaged, St. Louis CITY SC today unveiled an innovative custom-built app to bring exclusive behind-the-scenes content and insider access to St. Louis CITY fans 18 months before the team’s first match.

Built to provide an immersive, mobile-first experience, the St. Louis CITY app will be the go-to destination for all things STL CITY. Available for both iOS and Android devices, every fan who downloads the new STL CITY app and completes their profile within 24 hours of its launch will be entered to win one of 100 special edition St. Louis CITY T-shirts.

By downloading the new STL CITY SC app, fans will have access to breaking STL CITY news alerts, behind-the-scenes content, exclusive insider access, interactive experiences, special merch offers and customization options that will tailor the experience to their interests. Upon the initial release of the app, fans can expect to see exclusive content including:

  • Latest team news
  • Live construction cameras
  • Augmented and virtual reality tours of the CITY stadium
  • Weekly fan polls and surveys
  • Live streaming of select Academy games
  • Insider interviews with front office staff and coaches
  • Weekly photo galleries of stadium progress
  • A monthly “The State of CITY” update, with the first one featuring the club’s President and CEO, Carolyn Kindle Betz
  • Trick shot challenges with players and coaches

“Our team has been hard at work to create a mobile-first experience for fans that is uniquely St. Louis CITY,” said Matt Sebek, St. Louis CITY SC’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO). “We’re so excited the day is finally here, and fans are now able to download our app to join the club for every step of the journey leading up to our inaugural 2023 season.”

The team is focused on building a best-in-class fan experience by engaging fans and supporters to help shape and craft what goes on during match day and beyond. As the team builds one of the first post-pandemic stadiums in the world, St. Louis CITY is designing a digital + human + physical experience that is personalized and seamless by opening a venue that is ticketless, cashless and frictionless from day one.

The CITY app will evolve significantly over the next year as it becomes the hub for insider content, in addition to digital tickets, player stats, schedules, standings and more. Fans can continue to follow along with STL CITY SC’s journey by visiting Google Play or the App Store to download the STL CITY app.

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

ST. LOUIS CITY SC’S ACADEMY TEAMS SPLIT AGAINST MIDWEST UNITED FC

U16S DOMINATE IN 11-0 WIN, LATE GOAL SNAPU17S’ WIN STREAK 

It was a bittersweet trip to Michigan this past weekend for St. Louis CITY SC’s Academy. STL CITY U16s secured an emphatic 11-0 win, but the U17s were edged 3-2, ending a perfect start to their inaugural MLS NEXT season.

St. Louis CITY’s U16 team had a strong start to the game, controlling the tempo of the match and dominating possession with drive and purpose. The team’s defensive discipline limited the opponents to long shots and allowed the attackers to win the ball in dangerous areas. Midwest United had a rare 1v1 chance in the 15th minute, but a perfectly timed tackle from goalkeeper Nick Bishop kept the game level.

Tactically, the team found a lot of success by isolating their defenders on the wings and creating 2v1 situations, especially on the right side. In the 18th minute, Omar Cilic pounced on a loose ball on the right before his deflected cross found the feet of Jackson Delkus, who slotted home St. Louis CITY’s first goal of the day. And then the flood gates opened and STL CITY turned it up a notch physically, relentlessly pressing their opponents and creating continuous goalscoring chances.

In the 21st minute, Cilic tapped in a shot from close range after Landon Weber’s long-range strike forced a save from the goalkeeper. St. Louis CITY went on to add a whopping 9 more goals, with Jackson Delkus (6), Omar Cilic (2), Landon Weber, Gavin Netzel and Nathan Harmon all adding goals to round out a statement win for the U16 team.

“I know it is very easy to look at the result and be happy,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But I was more impressed with our overall performance especially on the defensive end – which resulted in another clean sheet. The boys executed everything we worked on in training this week, and I was happy with how supportive and positive they were throughout the game.”

St. Louis CITY’s U17 team played from behind for most of the first half after conceding one to Midwest United 8 minutes into the game. Following the goal, chances weren’t easy to come by, however St. Louis CITY kept pushing to get back into the game and succeeded when Adam Boykin got on the end of a lovely cross from Aaron Heard, leveling the match in the 28th minute. St. Louis CITY took the lead just before half-time, after Jacob Lusignan slotted home his second penalty kick of the season.

STL CITY started the second half a lot better, and while chances were still at a premium, the boys did a great job of retaining possession as they searched for the third goal. Midwest United eventually tied the game in the 73rd and took the lead in the 81st minute. Despite creating a few opportunities in the final minutes of the game, the end result was the team’s first defeat of the season.

“The result is certainly not what we wanted,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “We started slowly again, and it ended up costing us the game. However, we can’t dwell on the result too much, so it is important for us to go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes, so we can continue to improve as a team.”

To learn more about the academy, find player bios and rosters here.

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September 17 Vaccination Event

OUR CITY. OUR RESPONSIBILITY.

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September 17 Vaccination Event

After A Successful Event in August, St. Louis CITY SC is Adding More Dates For The Community to Get Vaccinated

Following the success of St. Louis CITY SC’s first vaccination event supported by BJC HealthCare last month, the club has scheduled a set of additional events to continue providing resources for the community.

St. Louis CITY’s next vaccination event will be held on Friday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Aloe Park, located at the southeast corner of the club’s stadium construction site (North 20th Street and Market Street) in Downtown West. The club shifted the timing of the event to better accommodate the schedules of children eligible for the vaccine, as Missouri has seen COVID-19 cases rise among children 18 years or younger with many students returning to physical classrooms for school.

Similar to the previous vaccination event, all individuals who receive their COVID-19 vaccine at this event will receive a St. Louis CITY SC t-shirt and free ice cream from a local food truck. Additionally, individuals receiving the vaccine can enter into the drawing on-site to win a St. Louis CITY SC scarf and a special private stadium tour for up to four people (upon completion of the stadium). Further rules and regulations for the sweepstakes can be found at: stlcitysc.com/official-rules/.

No pre-registration is required for either the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations. Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to anyone 18 years or older, while Pfizer will be available to anyone 12 years or older looking to receive their first or second dose – although anyone under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Vaccination tents will be set up in Aloe Park at the corner of North 20th and Market Street, with standard street parking available nearby for anyone driving to the event.

The club has also added an additional vaccination event scheduled to take place at Aloe Park on Friday, October 22. Further details will be released closer to the event date.

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Match Recap

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY SWEEP SHATTUCK-ST. MARY'S IN HOME DOUBLE HEADER

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY SWEEP SHATTUCK-ST. MARY'S IN HOME DOUBLE HEADER

Match Recap

Academy Teams Put on Dominant Display in Front of Home Fans

St. Louis finally got a chance to watch the STL CITY Academy teams play, and the boys did not disappoint! The U16s started the day with an impressive 2-0 win and the U17s kept it going with a thumping of Shattuck-St. Mary’s 8-1 to remain undefeated in MLS NEXT action.

St. Louis CITY’s U16 team kicked off their MLS NEXT opener with an impressive performance in the first game of the double header. The team started the game positively, generating waves and waves of attack in the first 20 minutes of the match. Despite creating a plethora of chances, the ball just would not go in.

STL CITY’s pressure eventually paid off in the 36th minute when Jackson Delkus latched onto a string of passes and slotted home the first-ever goal for St. Louis CITY’s U16s. The home team largely dominated the game after the goal, with the players pressing the Shattuck-St. Mary’s defense and creating a ton of chances. After winning the ball back on the right in the 90th minute, forward Omar Cilic delivered a pin-point cross to Delkus, who headed in his second of the game, giving St. Louis CITY SC their first U16 win.

“Overall, it was a great performance from the boys,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “We always talk about creating waves of attack and finding the right opportunities to attack our opponents. I thought we were very aggressive in the final third, which was reflected in our two goals and the number of chances we created. That is a part of our identity, and the guys did a great job of displaying that today.”

Following the U16 team’s win, St. Louis CITY’s U17s kicked off their second game of the MLS NEXT season. Shattuck-St. Mary’s flew right out of the gate, scoring a goal five minutes into the match. St. Louis CITY took a while to find their feet but once they did, it became an onslaught of relentless attacking and counter pressing.

Anthony Faupel leveled the game in the 30th minute after pouncing on a loose ball in the box, netting his second goal of the campaign. From there on, the team put on a clinic of attacking play, creating chances after chances. Four minutes after leveling, St. Louis CITY was awarded a penalty, which was coolly dispatched in the middle of the goal by midfielder, Jacob Lusignan. The team put on an entertaining performance with Miguel Perez, Tyler Sargent (2), Mikey Lay (2) and Kai Pope adding goals to secure an emphatic 8-1 win for St. Louis CITY SC’s U17 team.

“This is the way we want to play,” explained Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “You saw even in the last minute we still tried to create chances and score goals. We were super active on defense and tried to win the ball as a wolfpack, especially on the counter press. You can see key moments of our playing style and we are happy we were able to put on a good performance in front of our fans.”

St. Louis CITY SC’s Academy teams will continue their MLS NEXT season when they travel to Michigan next week to take on Midwest United on Saturday, September 11.

If you missed the home double header, you can watch both matches here.

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Matchday Preview

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY TEAMS SET FOR HOME DOUBLE HEADER

ST. LOUIS CITY SC ACADEMY TEAMS SET FOR HOME DOUBLE HEADER

Matchday Preview

The Club’s U17 & U16 Teams Battle Shattuck-St. Mary’s (Minnesota) in First-ever Home Games

St. Louis CITY SC’s Academy teams take on Shattuck–St. Mary’s (Minnesota) in a home double header on Saturday, September 4. The U16 squad kicks off the action at 12 p.m. CST at Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex Field #1, opening their MLS NEXT season with St. Louis CITY’s first-ever home game. Coming off a thrilling 2-1 win in a friendly against Chicago Fire Academy last weekend, the team is expecting a stern test from an organized Shattuck–St. Mary’s team.

“We expect a tough game against an organized defense,” said David Critchley, St. Louis CITY SC Academy Assistant Coach. “But our focus is less on the opponent and more on how we can continue to implement the principles of our playing style. The boys are extremely excited to play their first game for the club and we want to give our fans something to cheer for.”

Following the U16 game, St. Louis CITY’s U17 team will play game two of their MLS NEXT season against Shattuck–St. Mary’s U17s at 2 p.m. CST. Fresh off a dramatic 4-3 win in their opening game against Chicago Fire Academy, St. Louis CITY U17 is looking to continue their winning form in front of their home fans.

“We played a great match last weekend, but we can’t dwell on that result too much,” explains Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “I think the boys have done a great job of refocusing their attention on our game this weekend. Our goal is always to play the St. Louis CITY way – pressing and attacking as a unit, regardless of who we play. So as a staff we will be looking to continue that approach in this game.”

Ahead of the first game, St. Louis CITY will have an area reserved for fans and supporters to tailgate, while a St. Louis CITY SC Merch Tent will be setup in the Central Village of Creve Coeur Park Soccer Complex. Outside food and beverage is not allowed per Soccer Complex regulations, but both will be available for purchase.

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U17 Match Recap

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S UPEND CHICAGO FIRE TO EARN HISTORIC WIN

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S UPEND CHICAGO FIRE TO EARN HISTORIC WIN

U17 Match Recap

Late Winner Secures St. Louis CITY’s First Three Points in MLS NEXT opener

What a way to kick-off St. Louis CITY SC’s first-ever match! Those lucky enough to be at the game witnessed a spirited performance from the U17s in a goal fest at SeatGeek Stadium.

St. Louis CITY started the game on the back foot, going two goals down in the first 20 minutes before midfielder Miguel Perez calmly dispatched St. Louis CITY’s first-ever goal after retrieving the ball from a counter press in midfield. After the goal, the momentum shifted in favor of STL CITY and the team showed their grit and determination as they became more aggressive – with players pressuring Chicago’s defense and forcing turnovers high up the pitch.

“It was a great game of soccer,” said Lutz Pfannenstiel, St. Louis CITY SC Sporting Director and Acting Academy Head Coach. “We started a little slow but once we found our feet, I thought we did a great job of controlling the game. I am extremely happy for our players and coaches whose names will forever be associated with the first historic win for our club.”

Anthony Faupel subbed on in the 36th minute and seemed to do something special every time he touched the ball, and it was he who slipped Caden Glover in behind the Chicago defense for his thunderous strike, tying the game up for St. Louis CITY in the 56th minute. Four minutes later, Faupel picked up the ball deep in midfield, dribbled past a Chicago defender before thumping a lovely strike from distance into the top right corner of the net, giving St. Louis CITY its first lead of the game.

The lead was short-lived as Chicago leveled three minutes later, with an equally unbelievable strike from distance, setting up a great finish for the final minutes of the game. St. Louis CITY continued to knock on the door, piling the pressure on Chicago Fire’s defense with quick attacking play. STL CITY got closer and closer with a lovely string of passes eventually finding the feet of Connor Lovell, who whipped a cross that was deflected to birthday boy Kai Pope, who slotted a composed shot in the bottom corner of the net – giving St. Louis CITY its first-ever win.

“I thought our guys were a lot more prepared than the opposition,” explains Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “I was really impressed with our reaction after being down so early in the first half. It shows a lot about the character and fight of our players. I thought we had the most success when we got pressure on the ball high up the pitch which led to our goals. We’re happy our fans got the chance to celebrate our club’s first win.”

St. Louis CITY SC’s academy teams will continue their MLS NEXT season when they host Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minnestoa) at Creve Couer Soccer Complex on Saturday, September 4. To learn more about the academy players, please find all player bios, headshots and group images in this link here. To stay up to date with St. Louis CITY SC, follow the club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Matchday Preview - U17

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S SET TO MAKE CLUB HISTORY

ST. LOUIS CITY SC U17S SET TO MAKE CLUB HISTORY

Matchday Preview - U17

The Club’s Away Match vs. Chicago Fire FC This Weekend Marks The First Official Game in Team History

St. Louis CITY SC’s first official game is here. The club’s inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season is still a few years away, but STL CITY’s U17 academy team will represent the first players to don the club’s crest and colors in an official match when the team takes on Chicago Fire FC U17 at SeatGeek Stadium, on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. CST.

“We can’t wait to get started,” said Lutz Pfannenstiel, St. Louis CITY SC Sporting Director and Acting Academy Head Coach. “Over the last few months, we’ve been extremely productive in laying the groundwork of our team and assembling our rosters. The players have been working very hard and we are excited to make history for our club and our fans with the first-ever CITY SC match.”

St. Louis CITY will face a tough Chicago Fire FC U17 side, fresh off a 2-2 draw with Vardar in their MLS NEXT opener last week. While the game should provide a good test for STL CITY’s U17s, the focus is on how the team can continue to develop as a unit and get familiar with the club’s playing philosophy.

“We are expecting a good battle, but for us the focus is not solely on the result,” explains Luis Swisher, St. Louis CITY Academy Assistant Coach. “Our focus is on implementing our style of play – intense, high pressing and hardworking. This will help us to shape our soccer identity and will setup St. Louis CITY SC to be competitive at all levels, not just immediately, but for years to come.”

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ST. LOUIS CITY SC TO HOST A VACCINATION EVENT

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August 20 Vaccination Event

ST. LOUIS CITY SC TO HOST A VACCINATION EVENT IN DOWNTOWN WEST

On Friday, August 20, St. Louis CITY SC will collaborate with BJC HealthCare to host a COVID-19 vaccination event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the southeast corner of the club’s stadium construction site (North 20th Street and Market Street) in Downtown West.

Every individual who participates and receives their vaccination dose at the event will also receive a St. Louis CITY SC t-shirt and a free meal from the local Balkan Treat Box food truck between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Additionally, individuals receiving the vaccine can enter into a drawing on-site to win a St. Louis CITY scarf and a special private stadium tour for up to four guests, upon completion of the stadium in 2022. Official Rules for the sweepstakes can be found here.

No pre-registration is required, and Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to anyone 12 years or older. Anyone under 18 years old must have a parent or guardian present. Vaccination tents will be set up in Aloe Park at the corner of North 20th and Market Street, with standard street parking available nearby for anyone driving to the event.

This will be the first vaccination event St. Louis CITY SC has hosted in collaboration with BJC HealthCare. The event will provide vaccinations to the first 200 eligible individuals, with the return date for the second dose scheduled for Friday, September 17. The return date is only available to those who received the vaccination at this event.

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Raising The Last Steel Beam

STADIUM COMPLETES STRUCTURAL STEEL PHASE

RAISING THE
LAST STEEL BEAM

Raising The Last Steel Beam

ST. LOUIS CITY STADIUM HITS ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE WITH THE COMPLETION OF ITS STRUCTURAL STEEL PHASE

The vision for St. Louis CITY SC’s world-class soccer stadium, surrounding campus and team practice facilities took another huge step forward this week as the construction team completed the structural steel phase of the Major League Soccer stadium project.

The placement of the final steel beam of the stadium’s superstructure by the club’s construction partners – the joint venture of Mortenson | Alberici | L. Keeley (MAKjv) – brings the project one step closer to completion as the stadium starts to become a distinct part of the St. Louis skyline and the growing urban landscape in Downtown West.

More than 5,326 tons (or just over 10 million pounds) of steel has been used so far in the building of St. Louis CITY Stadium. Fabricated by Hillsdale Fabricators, a division of the St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors, the stadium’s heaviest steel beam weighed in at 76,000 pounds.

In addition to the steel structure, the pre-cast phase of the stadium project is also now complete and the concrete floors on all of the decks are placed. With over 900,000 craft hours of work under their belt and the expectation to surpass the 1 million craft-hour mark this September, the construction team is currently erecting the highly visible canopy scaffold and continues to work on the roofing, curtain walls, field lighting, speaker supports and metal panels for the new stadium.

With these milestones complete, the next major phase of the project includes exterior enclosure and interior mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and finishes. The team is also looking forward to celebrating the installation of the first seats in the stadium later this year.

Developments to the team’s growing footprint south of Market Street are also ramping up. While underground utilities and foundation work for the fan pavilion is ongoing, the foundation work for the team’s new training complex is nearing completion and the construction team will soon begin placing the steel structure for St. Louis CITY’s state-of-the-art training facility.

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