AC ST. LOUIS HOST MIAMI SUNDAY
ST. LOUIS, MO (September 3, 2010) – AC St. Louis, playing in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, will host the Miami FC Blues this Sunday, September 5, at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park. Kick-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CDT. The game can be viewed live via web streaming at www.ac-stlouis.com. The club also announced they have agreed to a second loan spell for central defender Chris Schuler from Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.
Despite having played 24 games each Sunday will be the first meeting in franchise history between AC St. Louis and Miami FC. Both teams are still in playoff contention, and posting a win will be critical for either side. AC St. Louis enters Sunday’s contest just five points (at the time of writing) out of a playoff spot. Miami FC is currently eight points out of the eighth and final spot.
“It is simple. The guys are now creating chances and we are scoring goals. The question becomes how can we hold onto the game, and manage the game in the last 15 minutes to get the result,” said Head Coach Dale Schilly. “Now is time for us to take responsibility, and take care of things at the end of a game.”
AC St. Louis will have the benefit of playing at home for four of their final six games. Sunday’s match against Miami is the beginning of a three game home stand that will see the club play at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park for the next three weekends.
“Miami is probably much like us. A team that dug a hole early in the year, and they have been trying to climb out of it ever since,” stated Schilly. “They have brought in five or six new players. I expect them to be extremely organized and fighting for their lives.”
“Mike Ambersley will be important for us Sunday. We need to get him the ball in positions where he can score goals. Plus, the supporting cast needs to be good and help create chances for Ambersley or for themselves.”
On the defensive side the return of Chris Schuler will help a back line that continues to search for the right formula. Schuler will begin his second loan spell with AC St. Louis. He has previously appeared in three games for the club, missing one game due to a hamstring injury. Schuler is reunited with his Real Salt Lake teammate Luis Gil. Schuler and Gil are expected in the starting lineup on Sunday evening.
The match should have plenty of scoring chances. Miami FC has allowed more goals, 41, than any team in the league, and is one of the least aggressive squads in terms of causing fouls, 246. AC St. Louis had also become very tough to beat at The Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park, dropping just two of their last eight home games.
AC St. Louis returns home on Saturday, September 11, against the NSC Minnesota Stars. Tickets for the match are still available. Call 1-888-STL-GOAL or visit www.ac-stlouis.com.