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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The St. Louligans Won't Stop Until St. Louis Has an MLS Team

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But the St. Louligans are not just about keeping intact a devoted soccer fan base. They also work behind the scenes with St. Louis Lions owner Tom Glavin and his front office to show St. Louis can support a USL Pro team, despite the failure of AC St. Louis.

"Tony Glavin has made no secret that he wants to move up to USL pro, which would be the third division of the soccer pyramid, so we work with him," Morice says. "The Ambush are talking with Tony about maybe taking that next step going together. We're actively working the relationships and asking the team what we can do for them. In turn, they love us being out there."

DeMunbrun adds that the podcasts and social-media presence the Louligans provide are part of what help promote the teams locally.

"Most of these teams in the area don't have big budgets or huge marketing teams, but a lot of it is this day-in and day-out thing," he says.

Morice and DeMunbrun know it'll take some time to get big-league soccer to St. Louis, but they say the Louligans will keep doing their thing until that day comes.

"It's definitely an organic thing; it's not something that's gonna happen overnight," Morice says. "But at some point in time to have the top-level team St Louis can support."

In the meantime the group can be found tailgating around town at the pro amateur teams, and count on them being a big presence at the upcoming Bosnia vs. Argentina friendly on November 18.

"It'll be no different than an NFL tailgate that a lot of people are used to," Morice says of the Bosnia vs. Argentina bout. "Just show up to the tailgate, have a beer or a soda or a hot dog and join us."

Follow Ray Downs on Twitter at @RayDowns. E-mail the author at Ray.Downs@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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