St. Louis to Host English Pro Soccer Powers

Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It’s official. English Premier League soccer clubs Manchester City and Chelsea will play an exhibition game at Busch Stadium on May 23rd.

Famed soccer player, broadcaster, and St. Louisan Bill McDermott took part in Friday afternoon’s formal announcement ceremony, “It’s promised to indeed be an epic event, as there are some of the world’s greatest players coming, matching up in one of the most iconic venues in the United States.”

This will be the first non-baseball pro sporting event at what some call “Busch Three.”

Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III is looking forward to it, “We’re all so used to baseball here. To just come out and enter the stadium and see all grass, no infield, it’s going to be kind of odd, to be honest.”

Charlie Stillitano of Relevent Sports set up the match, “It will be a very, very intense game. These guys don’t like each other. It will be all out. Both teams are bringing their full rosters.”

Tickets go on sale to public at 10am Central on Tuesday, April 2. Cardinals season ticket holders get a “pre-sale” on Monday, April 1. For more details, click here.

The promoter said both teams will take part in community outreach activities during their stay in St. Louis.

The local match ( on Twitter: #socceratbusch ) is to be the first of two played in the United States. The other venue has not been announced.

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