by Neil Morris
The brevity of a telephone call with Carolina RailHawks’ majority owner Selby Wellman highlights the precarious circumstances involving St. Louis soccer franchises AC St. Louis and Saint Louis Athletica.
Wellman, reached by telephone in Florida, stated he had no official or unofficial comment on the St. Louis situation at this time, per an agreement between league owners and at the behest of the United State Soccer Federation (USSF), who is overseeing the 2010 D2 soccer season.
“We were alerted to this situation last week, and we decided any calls all have to be directed to the Federation,” said Wellman. “When you’ve got 12 teams out here and everybody’s talking, everybody will say something different.”
While Wellman said he was not aware of particular details of St. Louis’ predicament, he stated that he knew “it’s a very difficult situation right now” that the USSF is working “actively” to resolve.
“It’s a challenge and it’s being worked through…My guess is that there will be some resolution by next week.”
Wellman also said that, for now, the USSF D2 match schedule will not be affected.
Media reports have suggested both St. Louis clubs are on the brink of collapse in the wake of crippling monetary concerns, and there have been unconfirmed reports about the possible departure of minority owner and NASL interim commissioner Jeff Cooper. There are also reports circulating about the financial woes of another NASL club, Crystal Palace Baltimore.