The first Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion club, St. Louis City, created soccer history by winning its first four games of the season. On Saturday, the San Jose Earthquakes lost at St. Louis City 3-0. Despite being an expansion squad, coach Bradley Carnell was not shocked by this team’s record-breaking start.
With goals from Nicholas Gioacchini, Joao Klauss, and Tomas Ostrak, St. Louis City defeated the Portland Timbers in their second home match. Prior to it, they had comeback victory against Charlotte FC and Austin FC. Yet, they had only won one of their six preseason games—against Inter Miami—and had otherwise struggled mightily. South African head coach Bradley Carnell claimed the squad was more motivated to disprove their critics as a consequence of the poor performances.
Carnell acknowledged his pleasure in his squad and that he was not surprised by their accomplishment. The youngsters had been confident and resolute from the outset, despite encountering a lack of trust from others. Their strong start demonstrates their ability to compete, rule, and perform. Currently, St. Louis City leads Los Angeles FC by five points in the Western Conference standings. Next weekend, they will compete against Real Salt Lake, who are currently ranked seventh.
Carnell advised his group to maintain their composure and curiosity. He underlined the need of maintaining a sense of reality and dedication to the goal. “Comfortable, but never content” is the current team slogan.
Winning the first four games of a season is a fantastic accomplishment for a new MLS expansion club. Just what more they have in store for us is unknown.