On April 30, the St. Louis Steamers lost the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) championship to the Baltimore Blast in sudden-death overtime. Now a similar misadventure appears to have befallen the Steamers franchise.
Rumors of the team's imminent demise have been swirling on fan Web sites such as BigSoccer.com since late August. The phone number (314-241-4625) listed on the Steamers' official Web site has been disconnected, and the team's office (1001 Washington Avenue, Suite 600) has been abandoned. A receptionist at a neighboring firm told me that the team closed this office soon after the 2005-2006 season ended.
I've emailed Steamers CEO Michael Hetelson for comment. I'm also awaiting a promised callback from an executive at MISL headquarters in Westport, Connecticut.
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