St. Louis Scott Gallagher has announced a merger agreement with Mid Rivers Soccer Club of nearby Cottleville, Mo.
“We would like to welcome the Mid Rivers Soccer Club board, coaches, managers, parents, and players to the SLSG Family,” SLSG Executive Director Patrick Barry said. “Both organizations share a passion for developing youth soccer players and improving the game in the St. Louis community. It was clear from the beginning that our shared beliefs and vision made the two organizations ideal partners. We’re eager to begin moving forward with this agreement, as well as delivering all SLSG benefits to our new members.”
With the agreement, MRSC teams will be invited to join SLSG with their current coaches, managers, and players unchanged.
“After being associated with Mid Rivers for over 20 years, I am proud of the growth of our organization,” MRSC CEO Al Grosch said. “Now, it is time to bring our club to another level. With the past history and the future visions of soccer in St Louis and St Charles, we have decided that the best fit for our club and players is to merge with SLSG.”
MRSC teams will have the opportunity to train at the MRSC Complex in Cottleville, which will become an SLSG facility, or at any other SLSG complex including the Soccer Park (Fenton, MO), Creve Coeur (MO), and Collinsville (IL).
“We are truly excited to bring Mid Rivers Soccer Club into the SLSG Family,” SLSG Missouri Boys Technical Director Kevin Kalish said. “I have always respected the way in which they have conducted themselves both on and off the field. They have the premier grass soccer complex in St. Charles County, and their teams and members alike have always competed in a first-class manner with player development being their priority. I have a lot of respect for Al Grosch and the work he has put into MRSC over the last 20 years.”
MRSC currently has 16 teams, including eight girls’ teams and eight boys’ teams, ranging from the U-8 to U-18 age groups.
The club is a member of Missouri Youth Soccer (MYSA), St. Louis Youth Soccer (SLYSA) and the St. Charles County Youth Soccer Association (SCCYSA).
“The addition of Mid Rivers Soccer Club to SLSG will benefit both organizations in a variety of ways,” SLSG Director of Missouri Girls Steve Pecher added. “MRSC has been a competitive club in the St. Louis area for many years, and the quality of their players and staff is something we’ve always admired.”
Current MRSC teams will finish the 2013-2014 season under the MRSC banner, before team name changes will begin on the tentative date of June 1. Improvements and management of the MRSC Complex will begin immediately by SLSG.