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1979-1980: The Major Indoor Soccer League awards a St. Louis franchise on July 31, 1979. The home opener was an overwhelming success, drawing over 18,000 to the Arena on December 14, 1979. Pat McBride, a former star at St. Louis University and professionally with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League, is the team's first coach. The Steamers host the first MISL All-Star Game, drawing 16,892 fans. Even though they finished with a 12-20 record, fans embraced a roster packed with local talent and the team averaged 14,060 fans per game for the season.

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1980-1981: The Steamers are sold to a local ownership group headed by Cardinal Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial. The Steamers win the Central Division crown and advance to the league championship where they fell to the New York Arrows in a 6-5 heartbreaker title game before 17,206 fans at the Arena.

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1981-1982: A record 19,298 fans packed the Arena to watch the Steamers host the Denver Avalanche. The Steamers win their second straight division title and again make it to the MISL Championship finals and lose to New York in the fifth game of a best-of-five series. Average attendance soared to 17,107 per game, the franchise record.

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1982-1983: The Steamers struggle at the beginning of the season with a 5-9 start that gets St. Louisan Al Trost is fired as coach 14 games into the season. The Steamers are eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Wichita Wings. Average attendance is 14,693.

August 7, 1982: Introducing the Steam Heat Dancers!

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1983-1984: The Steamers capture the Western Division crown and advance to the league championship for the third time in four seasons, where they lose to Baltimore in five games. The Steamers host their second MISL All-Star Game. A crowd of 16,312 watch the Eastern Division defeat the Western Division, 8-6. Average home attendance for the season is 13,992. After the season, the team is sold to a group headed by Tom Bowers, who also filled the position of team president.

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1984-1985: The Steamers are eliminated by Kansas City in two straight games in the playoffs. Average attendance is 12,711 per game.

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1985-1986: The club finishes in fourth place in their division and their record dipped below .500 (23-25) for the first time in team history. The Steamers were eliminated by San Diego in the first round of the playoffs. Average attendance falls to 10,189.

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1986-1987: The beginning of the end. After a rough start, McBride is fired and replace by Tony Glavin. Glavin trades two of the franchise's most popular players, Don Ebert and Steve Pecher. The team finishes with a dismal 19-33 record and average attendance dips to 7,038 per game.

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1987-1988: Joe Farrell becomes the new owner. The team struggles again and finishes with a 18-38 record. The team that came in with a roar eight years earlier goes out with a whimper as 4,839 fans showed up for the final game on April 15, 1988. Following the season, the club folds and the MISL terminates the Steamers franchise.

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After Our St Louis Steamers Were Gone







1988: No indoor scoccer team in St Louis for the this season.

In 1989, indoor soccer returns on July 6, 1989 when San Jose businessman announces he will bring the Storm to St. Louis.

In 1990, the Major Indoor Soccer League changes its name to the Major Soccer League before the 1990-91 season.

In 1992, the MISL folds and the Tulsa Ambush come to St. Louis under the National Professional Soccer League.

At the end of the 1999-2000 season, the Ambush finish at 11-33, the worst in franchise history. The club folds after its lease is terminated by Kiel Center.

In 2000, the Steamers name is revived as a new WISL franchise.

In 2002, The WISL essentially folds, and it's three remaining teams; the Steamers, the Dallas Sidekicks and the San Diego Sockers, join the new MISL. The Steamers, however, faced a financial crisis and needed additional investors. The MISL announced in July that the Steamers would take the 2002-03 MISL season off while searching for investors.

In 2005, the Steamers add their first female player, Lindsey Kennedy.

On September 22, 2006: Following several months of discussions with potential new investors, the MISL announced that the Steamers were placed on inactive status for the 2006-07 season. MISL Commissioner Steve Ryan said the league would continue efforts to return a team to St. Louis.




The history of soccer in St Louis before the Steamers can be found at History of Soccer in St Louis by Dave Litterer.

Information above provided by Jim Fossell

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