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Slobo Makes Indoor Soccer Hall

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St. Louis Steamers photo from 1982-83 season. Slobo Ilijevski is in yellow jersey.

St. Louis Steamers photo from 1982-83 season. Slobo Ilijevski is in yellow jersey.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - One of the best goalies in St. Louis’s long soccer history is soon to be a Hall of Famer, albeit posthumously.

The Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame selection committee picked the late Slobo Ilijevski for the Class of 2014 induction with four other players and one administrator.

The Skopje, Yugoslavia native joined the St. Louis Steamers of the Major Indoor Soccer League in 1980. His teams filled the Checkerdome in St. Louis in the early 80’s with their up-tempo play and engaging personalities.

Ilijevski won 20 or more games four times and appeared in six All-Star Games. He ranks third all-time in the MISL with 193 wins, and he won four games in his final season with the NPSL’s St. Louis Ambush. He also was a goalkeeper for the St. Louis Storm for several seasons.

Ilijevski died in July 2008 at age 58.

This year’s other inductees include: Fernando Clavijo, Erik Rasmussen, Bruce Savage, Dale Mitchell, and Ed Tepper. It is the Hall’s 3rd election class.

Former St. Louis indoor soccer players already in the Hall include: Branko Segota (Storm), Preki (Storm), Zoltan Toth (Storm), and coach Don Popovic.

To learn more about the Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame, visit http://www.indoorsoccerhall.com.

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