Tony Glavin, current owner and head coach of the St. Louis Lions of the USL PDL, said on 590 AM radio today that 2015 is his goal for bringing a USL PRO team to St. Louis.
Tony Glavin just said, on 590am, USL Pro 2015 is the goal. pic.twitter.com/RLm600VEk0
— St.Louligans (@StLouligans) February 15, 2014
The city, one of the historical hotbeds of soccer in the United States, has been without a professional team since AC St. Louis folded after one season in USSF Division 2. This team would be in addition to the St. Louis Lions and the St. Louis Ambush of the MISL, which is also owned by Glavin. There is also a campaign to bring MLS to St. Louis, but without any fully-professional soccer teams yet in the city, that campaign seems unlikely to succeed. Success at the USL PRO level, and establishing a team that has stability, would be a good first step towards that goal (should MLS want to continue its expansion efforts). And, regardless of any MLS aspirations, it would be good to see professional soccer back in St. Louis and to see USL PRO continue to grow.