Open Cup Opposition
The Galaxy’s quest for a third Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
begins on Tuesday night when they host USSF Division 2 Pro League side AC St.
Louis. Currently in their inaugural season, St. Louis is currently in last place of the
NASL Division of the D2 Pro League with a 2-7-2 record so far this season.
However, AC looks to be starting to turn their season around
as they are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions, going 1-0-1
in their last two league games and winning a pair of Open Cup matches to set up
Tuesday’s showdown with the Galaxy.
Here is some more information about tomorrow’s opponent, AC
Named the club’s head coach on Thursday, June 24, Schilly
replaced Claude Anelka just two days after the club’s Open Cup Second Round win
He made his debut on the bench in the 0-0 home draw with Vancouver on Saturday.
He joined AC St. Louis after a successful career in youth
soccer, coaching Metro United (now St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois) for the past 15 years. Schilly has
14 years of experience as a head coach with the Region II Olympic Development
program, and has over 25 years of coaching experience at the youth and
collegiate levels. This is his first head coaching role with a professional
#1 Alec Dufty – Goalkeeper
AC St. Louis’ #1 goalkeeper, Dufty has started all 11 of the
club’s league games as well as both Open Cup games. He enters Tuesday’s game
with a 1.55 goals against average in league play, but has not allowed a goal in
his last four appearances dating back to May 29. A member of the New York Red
Bulls last season, he made his MLS debut in a 0-0 draw at Houston, replacing the injured Danny Cepero
after just eight minutes. He did not allow a goal in 82 minutes on the field,
making two saves to earn the draw. However, he was released a few days later as
Jon Conway returned from a suspension.
#5 Jack Traynor – Defender
The AC St. Louis captain, Traynor has made 11 appearances
for the club this season. A left back during his four years at Notre Dame,
Traynor has been used primarily in central defense during his time with St. Louis. Drafted by the
New York Red Bulls in the Second Round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Traynor did
not sign with the club and spent the 2009 season with Miami FC before signing
with St. Louis
prior to the start of this season. A Missouri-native, Traynor appeared in 86
games during his college career, helping Notre Dame reach the NCAA Tournament
in each of his four seasons with the club.
#15 Mike Ambersley – Forward
The club’s leading scorer with two goals and an assist in
the regular season, Ambersley has scored in each of his club’s previous Open
Cup games against Des Moines and Minnesota. Often
utilized as the lone striker, Ambersley win the College Cup at Indiana in 2004, scoring
the Cup winning penalty against UC Santa Barbara in the College Cup Final. He
was drafted by FC Dallas in the Fourth Round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft but
never played a game for the club. He spent three years with Rochester of the USL First Division, before
joining AC St. Louis prior to the start of this season.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
AC St. Louis 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 0
at Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in St. Louis, Mo.
AC St. Louis Lineup
Alec Dufty; Tim Velten, Mark Bloom, Dillon Barna, Jack Traynor; Troy Cole
(Elvir Kafedzic 81'), Luke Kreamalmeyer, Gauchinho; Brad Stisser (Chris
Salvaggione 62'), Jeff Cosgriff (Ryan Moore 75'); Mike Ambersley
Road to the Open Cup
Open Cup First Round
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
AC St. Louis 1 – Ambersley 70’
Des Moines Menace (PDL) 0
at Valley Stadium in Des
AC St. Louis Lineup
Alec Dufty; Jack Traynor (John
Lesko 3’), Christian Nzinga, Tim Velten; Troy
Cole, Gauchino, Luke Kreamalmeyer (Chris Salvaggione 65’), Mark Bloom; Brad Stisser, Jeff Cosgriff (Mike Ambersley
46’), Alex Titton.
Open Cup Second Round
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
AC St. Louis 1 – Ambersley 35’
NSC Minnesota Stars (USSF D2) 0
at National Sports Complex in Blaine, Minn.
AC St. Louis Lineup
Alec Dufty; Mark Bloom, Jack
Traynor (Ryan Moore 46’), Christian Nzinga, Tim Velten; Dillon Barna (Jeff
Cosgriff 60’), Troy Cole, Gauchino (Elvir
Kafedzic 72’), Luke Kreamalmeyer; Brad Stisser, Mike Ambersley.