After taking a year off for organizational restructuring, the St. Louis Lions will return to competitive play in the Super Y League in 2018, competing in the Midwest Division.
“We’re very pleased to have the St. Louis Lions back in the fold in 2018,” said Dominic Colarusso, the USL’s Associate of Business Development. “The Lions have a longstanding relationship with the United Soccer Leagues, including a team in the Premier Development League. Their return to the SYL re-establishes a complete pathway for youth players right up to the professional level.”
Prior to taking 2017 off, the St. Louis Lions competed for six seasons in the SYL, providing a home for the development of elite youth talent in Missouri. The club is dedicated to the growth of young St. Louis-area players through a high-level competitive environment and well-established coaching staff and training structure, preparing its members to perform at the next level, including with the Lions U23 team in the PDL.
The Super Y League provides our young elite players a platform where they will be challenged to take their game and level of play to the next level,” said Geoff Lorimier, the St. Louis Lions Elite Academy Director. “The league provides an opportunity in the summertime to compete at the highest level. It also provides players an opportunity to be seen by college coaches and Olympic Development staff. This will be achieved by quality coaching, the dedication and hard work by each player.”
“The Super Y League will help us to continue promoting our brand of soccer within the St. Louis area,” Lorimier continued. “We believe that the St. Louis Lions give elite-level players opportunities to advance their skills on the pitch. We also hope to continue to develop the relationship between the St. Louis Lions Elite Academy and our St. Louis Lions PDL team. The players who participate in our Super Y League teams will have a strong understanding of what it takes to reach the level of the PDL and beyond.”
A part of United Soccer Leagues, LLC, which also operates the Division II USL, the new third-division league and Premier Development League, the Super Y League features a summer platform with an annual North American Championship in December.