USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, January 21, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC and the Chicago Fire announced on Thursday they had extended the partnership between the two clubs for the 2016 USL season.
We are very excited to continue our affiliation with the Chicago Fire,” said Saint Louis FC General Manager Jeremy Alumbaugh. “Last season was a productive one for both Saint Louis FC and the Chicago Fire with what we were able to accomplish in terms of player development.”
Three players on loan from the Fire became key figures for Saint Louis FC in its inaugural season in the USL, with goalkeeper Alec Kann making 19 appearances for the club and recording six shutouts, while recording a 1.24 goals-against average.
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Defender Patrick Doody also featured for much of the season, as he made 21 appearances and 18 starts for STL FC, while forward Kingsley Bryce had two goals and one assist in 10 appearances for the side.
“Saint Louis FC was an excellent partner during their inaugural season and we look forward to working with Saint Louis FC again in 2016,” said Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriguez. “We know they’ll do a great job for us again this year so it’s important that we did communicate and talk about what needs they may have in their roster so that did play a part in who we drafted and how we drafted.”
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Saint Louis FC has already announced a number of returning veterans for the club’s 2016 season, including the attacking trio of Jermie Lynch, Mike Ambersley and Jamiel Hardware, and defensive stalwart Sam Fink. Those ranks will be bolstered by another strong group that arrives from Chicago this spring.
“The partnership will continue to grow,” said Alumbaugh. “We are thrilled with the early direction shown by Nelson and Veljko Paunovic in what they expect from us in terms of the affiliation.”