By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
When massive flooding hit the St. Louis, Mo. area two weeks ago, one of the groups hit hardest was Saint Louis FC and the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. The World Wide Technology Soccer Park was left underwater, with only the scoreboard visible as local fans and residents scanned the area.
Without flood insurance, the clubs were looking at a massive bill to restore the park in one of the country’s historic soccer cities. Thanks to a crowdfunding effort, at least some of that cost has been allayed, with clubs, supporters groups and fans from across the USL making donations.
As KickTV.com’s Maura Gladys found out, the club has been grateful for the support shown by the rest of the league.
“It’s been really neat to see,” General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh told Gladys. “It just goes to show that the USL is a family. It was really evidenced here in what we say on social media, and phone calls and text messages just hoping that we’re doing all right and wishing us luck as we rebuild.”
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Fundraising efforts are still ongoing, with the club this week also having worked with sponsor Mission Tacos for a lunch and dinner special that saw 20 percent of all sales on Monday donated to the club.
Fans can also still make donations to the Soccer Park Restoration Fund online, as the club gets ready for its second season in the USL.“It’s gonna be magical,” St. Louiligans member Mitch Morice told Gladys of opening day at the Soccer Park. “Everyone’s seen the pictures today of inches of dirt and silt and crud, and then when that day comes and everything is sparkling and shining and crisp, and there’s the new turf, and we’ve all come through this together…it’s going to be a unifying moment.”