Soccer, like love, is an international language—but unlike love, it doesn't end with a van full of creamed corn and a pesky lawsuit. With today's Groupon, $7 scores you one admission to the very first home game of AC St. Louis's even firstier inaugural season on Saturday, April 17, at 7:10 p.m. (a $15 value). Bear witness to history from the stands of the intimate, open-air Anheuser-Busch Conference and Sports Center in Fenton. Tickets are for general-admission areas, and seating in those areas is first come, first served.
AC St. Louis triumphantly brings men's outdoor professional soccer back to the nation's soccer capital (at least one St. Louisian has been on every U.S. World Cup team ever). STL's team of international and local footballers, led by Major League–record holder and Missouri native Steve Ralston, will weave in, over, and around its opponents, the Austin Aztex, all under the all-knowing guidance of head coach Claude Anelka and Director of Player Personnel Francisco Filho, formerly of Manchester United. Footballing fans, meanwhile, will get to cheer from the stands, refrain from hooliganism, and challenge each other to see who can shout, "Gooooooooooooooaaaalll!" the longest.
Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, is so significant because of its poetic simplicity: no hoops, pads, sticks, or T-shirt guns that blast out shaving cream. No other sport combines the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with the raw physicality of full-contact croquet. Revel in the unadulterated thrill of things bouncing off heads and the exhilaration of being unable to use your hands with today's Groupon to see AC St. Louis play its first home game.