The owners of two amateur soccer teams are joining forces to bring a United Soccer Leagues professional team to St. Louis. Tony Glavin, owner and coach of the St. Louis Lions, and Andrew Haines, owner of the St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team, are hoping to establish a pro team presence by 2015.
Glavin said annual budgets for USL pro teams are usually under $2 million, compared to several million for a Major League Soccer team. Still, even though USL is more affordable, Glavin said they will need to prove they’ve got a strong investor group and the right front office.
The Lions and Ambush would remain in St. Louis. Glavin said both teams would feed into a USL pro team. In turn, the pro team would feed into an MLS franchise. St. Louis last had a professional team in 2010.