I had an excellent time at the AC St Louis home opener on Saturday night as Athletic Club of St Louis pulled out all the stops to put on a professional event for the fans. With over five thousand fans in attendance, including the Knights fan club featured in the photo above, the atmosphere was what St Louis deserves as home to one of the strongest soccer traditions in the country. I had the great fortune to see Hall-of-Fame member Harry Keough with his son Ty in advance of the game and they were kind enough to give me a short interview. As Harry noted, it’s been much too long since we’ve had professional soccer.
The game featured a new team (AC St Louis) and a second year team (Austin) and as such was a bit rough around the edges, especially for the local boys. There are game reviews from the Post-Dispatch and the AC Fanatic, a new fan site, that offer more details. I’ve got a few photos from the game but as we’ve experienced before at the High School tournament, the lighting limited my opportunities. I haven’t found any other photos so I’m not the only one who experienced that problem.
I did have some good luck capturing the first ever goal scored by AC St Louis on video, check it out below:[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj3VZEHVqnY]
All-in-all, I’d say that I think you and your family would enjoy an AC St Louis game. I know I plan on attending several this year, especially since it’s easier for me to visit St Louis than it is Kansas City. The schedule is available on my overall soccer calendar so you can stay up-to-date.
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