Liverpool FC vs AS Roma @ Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO

Words and photos by Duane Clawson
While the St. Louis Cardinals were on an extended road trip, a majority of Busch Stadium in St. Louis was transformed in to a soccer field.  Tonight’s friendly match or as we call it, preseason, was played between Liverpool FC and AS Roma.  St. Louis has been in the market for a pro soccer team since it was announced that the NFL’s St. Louis Rams would be leaving town.
Liverpool FC, member of the English Premier League, was playing their third game in less than a week.  AS Roma, playing in Serie A, had a slightly less hectic schedule, as they have not played since July 17th.  Both teams found it necessary to take much needed heat breaks during the match, being played at the height of an always sweltering St. Louis summer.
28,000+ attended this preseason match, with both teams well represented by their respective fans.  During Liverpool's warmups, a small but spirited group of fans sang along with the team song, "You’ll Never Walk Alone”.  Although it was considered a friendly match, neither team lacked in competitive spirit, as some roughhousing took place on the field between both teams.  In the end AS Roma came out on top winning the match 2-1.
In post-game interviews, Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, and Roma coach, Luciano Spalletti, both spoke highly of playing the match in Busch Stadium.  When asked about playing in St. Louis, Klopp replied, “It was a very nice field and a very nice atmosphere”.  Concurring with those sentiments, Spalletti, speaking through a translator, said, “the environment was breathtaking” and “it was exciting to play in this venue”.  A big thank you to both teams for stopping in St. Louis and allowing MTC MAG access to this exciting sport.  Also thanks to the Busch Stadium staff for being gracious and accommodating.  Photos of the match are below:

Contributed by Duane Clawson
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