As first reported on the Inside Minnesota soccer website, AC St Louis is no longer in business. The remaining employees were let go this week according to the story. The story also offers information on the AB Soccer Complex:
Cooper is believed to still be looking for a buyer of A-B Park, which was given to him by Anheuser-Busch in 2009 to help Cooperâ€™s bid to bring an MLS team to St. Louis. There were conditions placed on the special warranty deed by Anheuser-Busch that would have required Cooper to have an MLS or D1 team playing in the stadium and that heâ€™d need to add an additional 4,000 seats to the stadium. If Cooper did not meet those conditions Anheuser-Busch could reclaim the property and sell it to a public entity or not-for-profit charitable entity. But Cooper told IMS last fall that he was able to remove those special conditions this past summer which would allow him to sell the park to whomever he wanted.
The story has received broad coverage in the St Louis press since the story broke on Monday.
St Louis Business Journal AC St Louis Shuts Down
St Louis Post-Dispatch AC St Louis Goes Out of Business
St Louis Post-Dispatch Pro Team May Be Dead But Soccer Park Isn’t For Sale
Today, Anheuser-Busch released a brief statement noting that the company has “no continuing claim” to the property. Cooper told Timmermann that he won’t make any public comments about the folding of the team until later this week.
When asked via e-mail whether the soccer park is for sale or if youth league play scheduled there will be affected, team spokesman Tony Hubert said that there is “no news” about the facility and that “the status of the Soccer Park remains unchanged.”
I’d dispute the article headline based upon the quote offered. Cooper has withdrawn his support from St Louis Scott Gallagher in addition to cutting his losses with the shutdown of the women’s team and now the NASL team. There is no reason for him to maintain what appears to be a money-losing facility prone to flooding. Hey Lake Country Soccer, I’d say it’s time to bid for the State High School tournament now!
Again, from the Inside MN Soccer website:
Their first home game was April 17, 2010 with an attendance of 5,695. It was played against the Austin Aztex in which St. Louis lost 2-1. The teamâ€™s last home game was October 2 with an attendance of 3,447. They played the Rhinos and lost 2-1.
Average attendance for AC St. Louis was 2,750 which was 7th highest in the league. The teamâ€™s highest attendance was 5,695, which was their home opener mentioned above. Total attendance for 2010 season was 41,252.
AC St. Louis finished up their first and only season going 7-15-8 and ended up in 11th place in the 12 team league.
I was on hand for that inaugural game and captured the first ever goal scored by the team on video