St. Louis Soccer: Bosnia Will Play Ivory Coast in World Cup Warm-Up Game

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Jon Gitchoff
The Bosnian soccer team is coming back to St. Louis before the World Cup.
Remember those rumors that the United States national soccer team would take on Bosnia-Herzegovina this month in St. Louis?

Well, the rumor was kind of right. The Bosnian national team, including St. Louis native Vedad Ibisevic, will play a big international friendly at the Edward Jones Dome May 30 against the Ivory Coast.

The game should be an exciting preview of the Bosnian team, a major contender in this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It's Bosnia's first ever World Cup appearance, and their lucky draw into an easy opening bracket should set them up to advance far into the worldwide tournament.

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Jon Gitchoff
Bosnia fans turned out by the thousands the last time the national team came to town.
Hosting Bosnia is a special opportunity for St. Louis -- one of only two cities without a Major League Soccer team to get a special pre-World Cup exhibition game -- to make more waves in the soccer world. St. Louis is home to the largest Bosnian population outside of Bosnia, and the last time the national team came to town, die-hard fans in blue and gold packed Busch Stadium to cheer them on.

See also: St. Louis Flares Up Over Bosnia Soccer Celebrations at Busch Stadium

That's the kind of momentum St. Louis needs if soccer lovers want to bring a Major League Soccer team -- or even a United Soccer League professional team -- to Gateway City.

See also: One Step Closer to the MLS? St. Louis Soccer Club Owners Want USL Pro Team by 2015

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Jon Gitchoff
Bosnia fans are hardcore.
The U.S. men's team originally planned their own game in Ukraine, but after violent protesters ousted the president and Russia retaliated by capturing an entire peninsula, organizers moved the game to Cyprus.

Tickets go on sale March 17 on the MLS Soccer website. St. Louis Rams season-ticket members will have access to a special presale. Organizers have not announced a kick-off time.

This is St. Louis' fourth soccer exhibition in the last year, and the second at the dome. Friendlies between Chelsea F.C. and Manchester City F.C., Inter Milan F.C. and Real Madrid F.C., and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina last year sold nearly 150,000 tickets.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Nathan Cromwell
Nathan Cromwell

I know the bevo area will be crowded with a lot of cars

Sherry Mitchell
Sherry Mitchell

Karen Kasting-Bailey, did you know about this? I just read about this yesterday.

BennyBob Northcutt
BennyBob Northcutt

This is Merica. We like OUR football, bot dat foolsballs crap you eurotrash like. Oh and thanks bosnians for trashing south st louis in the bevo area. You guys are the white trash appalachians of europe.....

NickLucchesi
NickLucchesi moderator communitymanager

Would attend just to see Yaya Toure in action again. The guy is just a dominant physical presence out there; reminds me of LeBron the way he controls the ball and scores insane goals.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZpuZnSie8s


Ted Yancey
Ted Yancey

And its more like you have the hive mentality,since soccer is a "worldwide" loved sport.

Ted Yancey
Ted Yancey

Its played world wide because all you need is a ball and an open area. Also because other sports haven't been widely introduced. Baseball is getting even bigger in hispanic countries and japan. Football is gaining a worldwide audience as is basketball. Hockey is played widely in all cold areas. Give the other sports time,they will surpass soccer.

Ted Yancey
Ted Yancey

Its like world wide because all yoy need is

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

Sorry bud but to me the NFL is pretty boring. The play lasts maybe about 10 seconds then they stop and start up again. Constant penalty flags and reviewed plays. The only thing is has going for it is that it's only played once a week so that makes it a "big"event when there is a game. To each his own, we don't all have to like the same stuff...

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

Soccer is the "beautiful game" and it is a great, world-wide sport. Some day I hope you all give up trying to sound so cool by trash talking it. Your hive mentality just sounds so sad and pathetic. Is your need to fit in so great that you always just regurgitate the "popular opinion" and put down the interests of others just to make yourself feel better? We all have different opinions/interests but some seem to think only theirs matters.

Dahmen Piotraschke
Dahmen Piotraschke

It doesn't suck for the kids and others who enjoy playing it..great discipline and exercise..better than young kids smashing their heads getting concussions..plus it may b boring to watch to some yet billions of non US fans around world think otherwise.

Ted Yancey
Ted Yancey

Kids play it and grow out of it to play better sports. Soccer will never be as big as football in this country,and that's something to be thankful for. Such a boring sport.

Dahmen Piotraschke
Dahmen Piotraschke

Get rid of the Rams!! And get a pro soccer team...St Louis area is a huge mecca for soccer and every kid I know plays it...bring it on.

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