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Family Arena damaged in storm

A hole was ripped through the wall of the Family Arena during a June storm, postponing Francis Howell high school graduations on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com

UPDATED at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with information on coach

ST. CHARLES   •   Indoor soccer will return to the Family Arena in November.

An expansion team called the St. Louis Ambush will begin play in November in the Major Indoor Soccer League, Andrew Haines, a member of the ownership group, said Wednesday.

Haines said a news conference will be held Tuesday at the arena to announce more details.

The new team's website says the coach will be Daryl Doran, longtime coach and player for various St. Louis indoor soccer teams.

The current MISL's website says it had teams this past season in  suburban Kansas City, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Chicago, Syracuse, Wichita and Rochester, N.Y.

Haines is part of Missouri Sports Holdings, which also owns the Missouri Monsters, an arena football team that plays at the Family Arena. 

The soccer team is the latest in a revival of minor league sports at the facility, which is in southern St. Charles and owned by St. Charles County government.

In addition to the Ambush and Monsters, a new minor league hockey team, the St. Charles Chill, is expected to begin play later this year.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann confirmed that plans have been worked out to have the soccer team operate there.

The arena last hosted indoor soccer on a regular basis in 2004 and had no pro sports for a few years.

The arena was in the news two weeks ago when a tornado damaged a section of the roof, spurring the move of some high school graduations to other sites. The arena is now back in use, Ehlmann said.

An earlier St. Louis Ambush indoor soccer team operated from 1992 to 2000 in the National Professional Soccer League.

It played in St. Louis, first at the old Arena on Oakland Avenue and then at what is now known as the Scottrade Center downtown.

 

 

Mark Schlinkmann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.