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St. Louis is Crowned Soccer Capital of the United State
St. Louis has a long history with soccer, and the tradition is rich among children and adults alike. With the introduction of St. Louis’ major league team, the St. Louis City SC, the Missouri History Museum has designated St. Louis as the soccer capital of the U.S.
While St. Louis soccer has taken some time to reach acclaim professionally, city residents have long loved the sport. In this article, I will cover the history of soccer in St. Louis and everything to know about the professional team.
A Brief History of St. Louis Soccer
St. Louis has a long and storied history when it comes to soccer. The sport first took hold in the city in the early 1900s, when European immigrants brought their love of the game to our humble town on the Mississippi. In a short time, St. Louis became a hotbed of soccer activity, with teams popping up in neighborhoods throughout the city, neighborhoods with cultural roots to their representative homelands.
Following the World’s Fair, where only two countries were represented--the US and Canada (Canada won)the St. Louis Soccer League was formed in 1907 and quickly became one of the most successful leagues in the country, with teams like Stix, Baer & Fuller, Ben Millers, and Scullin Steel winning Challenge Cup championships.
Their initial success granted them the unofficial title “Soccer Capital of the U.S.,” which St. Louis residents have long regarded as unspoken law.
In the post-World War II era, soccer thrived in St. Louis. The city was home to several professional teams, including the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL).
In 2005, St. Louis became home to a professional soccer team again when A.C. St. Louis was founded. The team played in various leagues, including the USSF Division 2 Professional League and the North American Soccer League, before folding in 2010.
In 2015, the United Soccer League (USL) announced that it would expand to St. Louis, and in 2019, St. Louis CITY SC was officially unveiled as the newest expansion team.
St. Louis Introduces a New Major League Soccer Team
The St. Louis Soccer Club (St.Louis City SC) underwent a bid for Major League Soccer in 2018, and after over 6,000 fan submissions, they were overwhelmingly accepted into the League.
The name derives from the city’s profound history with the game and the unspoken belief that Soccer City refers to St. Louis alone. Additionally, City “SC” can refer to a soccer club or soccer capital, depending on who you ask.
Their passion derives from the unprecedented support from fans and their mission to represent every neighborhood, culture, and individual in a city that loves and worships soccer.
Many of the players and staff members for St. Louis SC have ties to the city, and the team has generated a lot of excitement among local soccer fans.
While the team is in its infancy, they are poised for greatness and bring to the game both a passion for the game and powerful support from its fans. With the Missouri History Museum recently crowning St. Louis as the Soccer Capital of U.S., they have a title to defend and history to create.
Where is the Stadium?
The City Park Stadium is located at Centene Stadium at 2019 Market Street, 63103, in the heart of downtown St. Louis. It's directly across from the St. Louis Union Station.
It’s also just a few blocks from Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals regularly play, and the Gateway Arch National Park. Additionally, it’s just a short one mile drive from lodging at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast in Lafayette Square.
Where to Get Soccer Tickets in St. Louis?
You can purchase Tickets via Seatgeek on City SC’s official website.
Tickets range from $20-100 per individual, based on the seating, availability and games available. Ticket packages and season passes significantly reduce the price of individual tickets.
St. Louis City SC is quickly on the rise to fame with their 2023 introduction into the National Soccer League.
Games will occur between March and October, so get your tickets while they’re available!
Stay at Lehmann House During Your Next Soccer Visit to St. Louis
You're likely to need accommodations during your stay in St. Loui. Be sure to check out Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast. We’re just a five minute drive or 15 minute walk from City Park Stadium and the many amenities in the downtown area.
Check your calendars, get your tickets, then BOOK A ROOM to get started.
Written by Creative Copywriter Chris Davies