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Monday, February 16, 2009

Saint Louis Athletica Team Profile

All images courtesy of Saint Louis Athletica and WPS. All rights reserved.

Professional soccer returns to one of the historic North American hotbeds: St. Louis. Fox Soccer Channel will televise a Sunday night game of the week, and the Saint Louis Athletica are scheduled to appear six times.

Team Schedule (Courtesy of Saint Louis Athletica).


Date Opponent Game Time

Sat. April 4th Chicago Red Stars 7:00

Sat. April 11th @Boston Breakers TBD

Sat. April 25th Los Angeles Sol @ Hermann Stadium 7:00 PM

Sun.May 3rd @Washington Freedom (FSC) TBD

Sat. May 9th FC Gold Pride – Bay Area 7:00 PM

Sat. May 23rd @Chicago Red Stars TBD

Sat. May 30th @Los Angeles Sol TBD

Sat. June 6th Sky Blue FC – NJ/NY 7:00 PM

Sun. June 14th @Boston Breakers (FSC) TBD

Sat. June 20th Washington Freedom 7:00 PM

Wed. June 24th Los Angeles Sol 7:00 PM

Sun. June 28th @ Sky Blue FC - NJ/NY (FSC) TBD

Sun. July 5th @FC Gold Pride - Bay Area TBD

Wed. July 8th @Los Angeles Sol TBD

Sat. July 18th @Washington Freedom TBD

Wed. July 22nd Sky Blue FC – NJ/NY 7:00 PM

Sun. July 26th FC Gold Pride -Bay Area (FSC) TBD

Sat. August 1st Boston Breakers 7:00 PM

Wed. August 5th Chicago Red Stars 7:00 PM

Sun. August 9th @FC Gold Pride - Bay Area (FSC) Santa Clara University

Games on the Fox Soccer Channel (FSC) are denoted next to the opponents.

The First League Rivalry and Derby?

With a team that features two Brazilian coaches and three Internationals, along with US team veterans Hopo Solo, Lori Chalupny, and Tina Ellertson, the WPS might have its first derby when Athletica face the Sol. Both national teams have played each other many times in recent years; namely, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal Game, the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Game, respectively.

Marta and the Los Angeles Sol will face
Athletica on four occasions.

Head Coach Jorge Barcellos on playing Marta and the Los Angeles Sol four times:

“It is what the schedule gives us. Ideally you only want to play an opponent twice so towards the end of the year these WPS teams will know each other really well. In playing
Los Angeles we will be facing Marta, the best player in the world, four times now. It is always a good thing to play against the best in the world. It brings richness to the game, it elevates the play, especially the tactical aspects of the game.”

Source: Saint Louis Athletica Press Release.

Playing Venue: Ralph Horte Stadium

Ralph Horte Stadium, which is located on the campus of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, will be the temporary home of Saint Louis Athletica. The stadium has a seating capacity of 5,000, along with scenic views of St. Louis.

For directions, please click here.

Ownership and Management Group

The team is owned and managed by Saint Louis Soccer United.

The Chief Operating Officer is Lou Siville.

They plan to build a soccer-specific stadium to share with a potential MLS club, and also launch an innovative youth academy program:

"St. Louis Soccer United is creating a vertically-integrated youth academy beneath the men’s and women’s professional teams. This will be the first of its kind in American soccer. Currently, three clubs have signed letters of intent to merge under this unique system, bringing with them over 4,000 area players. The youth soccer complex will be home to weekly training and league games for these teams, as well as major regional tournaments, camps, and clinics."

Source: Saint Louis Athletica Web Site.

Coaching Staff

Jorge Barcellos is the Head Coach and General Manager of the Athletica. Senhor Barcellos is a very experienced manager at the international level. He led the Brazilian women's national team to Silver Medal finishes at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, along with the 2008 Beijing Olympics, respectively. Under his guidance, Brasil won the 2007 Pan American Games, and finished second at the 2007 South American women's championship.

Carlos Machado
, a native of Brasil, will assist Coach Barcellos. Coach Machado played collegiately at Bethel College, where he was their all-time leading scorer. He played professionally for the Chicago Stingers, along with a number of semi-pro sides.

Player Profiles

To say there is a Brazilian influence on this team is an understatement. With five members among the coaching staff and playing roster, the Athletica have a definite Samba flair. The team is also complemented by other notable foreign and domestic stars.

Hope Amelia Solo has been capped 75 times for the USA. She won the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal at the Beijing Games, along with a Bronze Medal at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, respectively. Hope has played professionally in Sweden (Goteborg), France (Olimpique Lyonnaise), and was a member of the Philadelphia Charge during 2003. She played collegiately at the University of Washington where she was all Pac-10 in each of her four years.

Daniela Alves has been capped numerous times for Brasil. She has been in their player pool since the age of 16, and featured at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She has won a Silver Medal at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, along with Silver Medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, respectively. In 2007, she won a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games. She was also a member of their 2003 FIFA World Cup team. Daniela played professionally for Linkopings FC in Sweden.

Lori Chalupny has been capped 80 times with 7 goals for the USA. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and played collegiately at the University of North Carolina. Lori won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, along with a Bronze Medal at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, respectively.

Enoila Anuka has been capped 31 times with 5 goals for England. Enoila competed for England at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. In 2003, she was named the Young Player of the Year by the English Women's FA. Enoila played professionally for the Chelsea Ladies. She also attended Brunnel University, where she studied law and graduated with a first class Degree.

Tina Ellertson has been capped 30 times for the USA. Tina won an Olympic Gold Medal at the Beijing Games, and also a Bronze Medal at the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China. Tina played professionaly for the Seattle Sounders of the W League. She played collegiately at the University of Washington, where she was named the Pac-10 Player of Year in 2003 and 2004.

To view a complete roster, please click here.

I would like thank Mr. Tony Hubert, Director of Media Relations, for his kind assistance with this article.

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