With every hope the BSL season will begin on time and not have a labor stoppage, Gateway United has scheduled a friendly against Premiere League side Hull City as a tune up match to evaluate the Saints roster "Even though its very possible a full lineup will not have available or even play a full 90, its a good way to evaluate the players that are on the pitch." said the Saints manager. The announced lineup against Tigers: Adi, Higuain, Piatti, Williams, Maloney, Arrieta, Garcia, Alex, Mapp, Farfan, Ousted(gk), Emeghara(sub1), McInnerney(sub2), Gordon(sub3), Irwin(res)
The Saints are expected to begin the season with David Ousted as the clubs starting goal keeper when the season starts March 6th against Burud Town SC, and have Clint Irwin as the backup goal keeper. "Everything can change down the road, but the job is David's to lose." said a club spokesman.
The Gateway United front office put forth a strong game plan heading into another BSL draft and are pleased to announce to the Saints supporters..... "mission accomplished". In a press conference held in St. Louis today, the club brass explained their mission for the new season and introduced their new players. In the first round, Gateway United sealed the deal with Innocent Emeghara. The Nigerian born, Swiss international is fast and just the kind of attacking player every club desires. "He should score goals. Plain and simple!" In the 2nd round, Gateway United announced that Scottish international Shaun Maloney will be added to the squad. The experienced veteran brings a good balance of goals and assists.
Gateway United concluded the club's offseason signings today with the announcement that Sheanon Williams will be returning under a retention contract. The Saints now have exhausted the league maximum of 4 player signings before the draft. "Two trades, four signings, the offseason was a success." said the Saints owner.
Gateway United is proud to announce that Fanendo Adi has re-signed with the Saints as the clubs 3rd Designated Player in 2015 after the club completed a trade for the rights to another DP slot. After over a week of talks with Gold Coast F.C. the two sides came to terms. Gateway United will pay a lump sum of $35 and relinquish the rights to Darlington Nagbe, for the rights to a Suns DP slot. "The Saints were prepared to pay the league the asking price of $55 for the ability to keep Adi, but are pleased to be able to work out a deal with a lower asking price." said the manager.