ST. CHARLES, MO (KMOX) — The long wait is over for St. Louis indoor soccer fans. After seven years without a professional indoor soccer team, the St. Louis Ambush will begin play when the 2013-14 Major Indoor Soccer League season kicks off this fall. The home opener is slated for mid-November at the Family Arena in St. Charles.
St. Louis has a long and distinguished place in professional indoor soccer history. Record-setting crowds watching the Steamers at the old Arena on Oakland Avenue. Ambush teams of the 1990’s packed with talented names like Moser, Reiniger, Doran, Kuntz, Swanner, Hundelt and more. The more recent incarnation of the Steamers that came within a hair of capturing the 2005-06 MISL Championship.
Throughout the storied history of indoor soccer in St. Louis, only one team has captured a league championship. That team was the 1994-95 St. Louis Ambush. “One of our goals from day one is to put a quality product on the field and bring a championship to the great fans in St. Louis. Reviving the champion Ambush name fits perfectly with that goal,” said Haines. Although winning the league title is a goal, Haines remains focused on giving fans the most for their entertainment dollar. “I like to win, but at the same time I’m interested in the overall experience,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. As the team owner, I’m focused on fans having a good experience at the games.”
Daryl Doran, a St. Louis legend will be focused on putting a winning team on the Family Arena carpet. The name Daryl Doran is synonymous with soccer in St. Louis. He is the only player to play for every St. Louis pro indoor soccer team: the original Steamers, the Storm, the Ambush and the revived Steamers. He holds the record for most professional indoor soccer games played at 827. He has coached both the Ambush and Steamers. In fact, it was Doran who was at the helm of the 94-95 Ambush championship squad and he earned the Coach of the Year honor for his outstanding efforts. Throughout his career, Doran has maintained a commitment to the dignity of the sport and has passed that on to his players. He has earned the respect of fans, players and opponents alike.
Doran returns this fall as Head Coach of the Ambush. Team owner Haines said, “Daryl was our first choice to take the reigns of the new Ambush. I’m thrilled we were able to get him and I’m sure fans will be as well.” “Indoor soccer is in my blood,” Doran said. “I’m excited to return and encouraged by the commitment made by the new ownership. I think fans will like what they see from us. We have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to get started.”
The Family Arena in St. Charles will be home to the new St. Louis Ambush franchise. The venue sits just west of the Missouri River, midway between Highways 70 and 364 (Page), and is easily accessible to a wide portion of the populace in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
St. Charles County, owner of the arena, invested over $800,000 in improvements and upgrades earlier this year. “We were impressed by the commitment made by St. Charles County and it was among the reasons we chose this facility as the home of the Ambush and the Monsters,” Haines said. The improvements include new dasher boards and two 30’X25’ high-definition video and scoring displays, and ribbon boards running around the middle deck of the arena.
For more information about the St. Louis Ambush visit http://www.stlouisambush.com or call the team office at 636-395-0896.