April 16, 2014

Webster soccer alumnus McSheehy signs pro contract with St. Louis Ambush

Pat McSheehy, a four-year member of the Webster University men’s soccer team (1997, 1999-2001), signed a contract with the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) team St. Louis Ambush, on Thursday Aug. 22. Ambush begins its first season in the league this winter.

McSheehy was signed after participating in open tryouts for St. Louis at Vetta Sports in St. Charles, Aug. 3-4. More than 140 athletes from 13 different states paid a fee of either $75 or $100, depending on if they registered in advance, to showcase their talent to the Ambush coaching staff.

The MISL has yet to post a schedule for the 2013-14 season, but games are expected to begin in November.

As a Gorlok, McSheehy earned four All-Conference awards, first team in 2001. His 91 career shots attempted are tenth most in Webster men’s soccer history.

On June 14 the MISL officially announced the expansion of the league, adding the Ambush to give the league a total of seven teams. The Ambush join:

  • Baltimore Blast (Maryland)
  • Milwaukee Wave (Wisconsin)
  • Missouri Comets (Kansas City, Mo.)
  • Pennsylvania Roar (Reading, Penn.)
  • Rochester Lancers (New York)
  • Syracuse Silver Knights (New York)

The Ambush relocated to St. Louis from Tulsa, Okla, after folding the National Professional Soccer League in 1992. The team lasted until 2000 playing at the Keil Center in downtown St. Louis. After the 2000 season its lease with the area was terminated.

St. Louis has also been home to multiple other professional indoor soccer teams. St. Louis Steamers have the longest history with city and is the only indoor soccer team to play in St. Louis for more than nine years. The Steamers lasted from 1979-88 in the MISL, then again from 2000-2006.

Daryl Doran is head coach the Ambush. He spent 30 years playing professional indoor soccer and is the only man to play for every St. Louis based indoor soccer team. He has 11 years experience coaching professional indoor soccer.

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