In early 2007, St. Louis Soccer Club, Scott Gallagher Soccer Club, and Metro United Soccer Club, explored the possibility of bringing the three groups together to better serve the soccer community of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area. By combining the talent and efforts of three of the area’s leading clubs, St. Louis would boast a unique, vertically integrated soccer organization of the highest quality – from entry level all the way through the professional ranks. A vision was developed that would allow St. Louis to remain competitive nationally as the game of soccer was growing and developing at a record pace.
Since the merging of the area’s three leading youth soccer clubs in 2008, St. Louis Scott Gallagher has emerged as a national leader in youth soccer. Building on a proud history of on field success and a historic soccer culture, the organization has worked tirelessly to fulfill its mission: To be the best club in the country. A club that positively impacts the development of our players on and off the field and positively impacts our community.
Key milestones include: the purchase of the historic St. Louis Soccer Park (now “World Wide Technology Soccer Park”), expansion throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, establishment of a comprehensive curriculum to benefit player development, creation of the Upper 90 Program allowing players and families to volunteer and improve our community. In 2014, SLSG announced the acquisition of Saint Louis FC, a professional men’s soccer team to compete in the United Soccer League (Professional Division II). Beginning with its first season in 2015, Saint Louis FC quickly became a best in class organization in professional soccer in the United States.
Today’s successes and accomplishments are only possible due to the many years of dedication and commitment from the staff and volunteers of the three clubs dating back to the 1970’s.
St. Louis Soccer Club / Busch Soccer Club
In the early 1970’s, the Busch Gardens Soccer Club was formed by Dennis Long (who was later inducted into the USSF Hall of Fame) with the support of St. Louis-based brewer Anheuser-Busch, Inc., as a premier select soccer club for boys in the St. Louis area. By 1980, the club name had evolved to the Busch Soccer Club, and a few years later the club expanded to include select girls’ teams as well. In 2004, the evolution continued, as the club changed its name to St. Louis Soccer Club to better represent and support the mission of the club and its community. The club had been consistently ranked among the top 20 girls programs by Soccer America, and in the 30+ years of existence, the boys and girls teams of St. Louis Soccer Club / Busch Soccer Club have claimed 15 National Championships in addition to winning more State Championships and advancing more teams to Regional Championships than any other club in the country.
Scott Gallagher Soccer Club
The Scott Gallagher Soccer Club traces its roots back to 1976, when St. Louisan Jim Scott – the owner of a sheet-metal company called Scott-Gallagher, Inc. – began lending sponsorship assistance to a small soccer club from north St. Louis County called Ruiz S.C. One year later, Mr. Scott assumed the sponsor role of the club, and after a two-year transition period, the club officially began playing as Scott Gallagher Soccer Club in 1979. At that time, the club consisted of only four select boy’s teams. Just two years later, the Scott Gallagher U-19 boys team went on to win the club’s first national Championship in the 1981 McGuire Cup. In 1983, the club received wide recognition for its unprecedented achievement of winning four Regional Championships in the same year. In 1984, Scott Gallagher S.C. notched its second McGuire Cup National Championship. Regularly ranked among Soccer America’s list of the top 20 boy’s soccer clubs, through 2008 Scott Gallagher S.C. achieved 11 National Championship titles and countless Regional and State championships.
Metro United Soccer Club
Given the strong heritage of soccer in St. Louis, it was only a matter of time before the sport’s popularity made the short trip across the Mississippi River and spread to the southern Illinois area. After the sport grew for years among local schools and smaller clubs, the Metro United Soccer Club was created in 1993 to elevate soccer in southern Illinois to a new level by providing a thorough and professional level of training for boys and girls of all ages and abilities. Complete and effective soccer instruction was the organizational focus of Metro United FC, and to maximize player development, the club remains committed to offering the best possible developmental environment combined with the highest level of competition available. As a result, the club has won more than 300 various competitions since its inception in 1993… and in 2006, Metro United FC was invited to participate – along with Scott Gallagher SC – in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program.