Home: Saint Louis FC (7-8-6 27 Points)
Away: Swope Park Rangers FC (8-8-4 28 Points)
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd
Venue: Worldwide Technology Soccer Park
Saint Louis FC is back on the field at Worldwide Technology Soccer Park as Swope Park Rangers make the trip across I-70 for a matchup that is quickly becoming a heated rivalry in the USL. The last two matchups have gone to the home team, with Saint Louis winning the first game this season 3-0, then Swope Park won the next matchup on their field by a score of 1-0 after an early goal and a 90 minutes lightning delay.
Saint Louis appears to be hitting their stride again during this home stand after a tough string of games. Taking 4 of the first 6 points available on this homestand by defeating the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-1 as well as playing a 0-0 draw against OKC Energy FC, both sit ahead of STLFC in the Western Conference standings. Swope Park Rangers are undefeated in their last three games, including two victories against Orange County Blues FC 3-0 and San Antonio FC 2-1, with their other game resulting in a 1-1 draw with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. Swope Park is led by Mark Anthony Gonzalez, who has scored seven goals and tallied two assists this season.
Not only is this game important because of the rivalry, but there are some serious playoff ramifications with this game. Saint Louis currently sits in eighth place in the Western Conference, the last playoff spot, with 27 points. Swope Park is currently one point ahead of STLFC, as they are currently seventh place in the West with 28 points. St. Louis soccer fans won't want to miss this rivalry matchup.
It is also "STLFC Gives Back Night" at the park. JED Limousine will help St. Louis pack the bus with school supplies while we also collect can food items and gently used soccer gear for local charities. Tickets for more information go to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997.
Brandon Barklage - Out, injury
STL - Herrera 10
SPR - Gonzalez 7
STL - Ambersley, Dixon, Musa 3
SPR - Oliveira 4