St. Louis Native Schmermund Selected for MASL International Challenge

by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO (May 30, 2017) – St. Louis Ambush defender Richard Schmermund has been selected to participate in the Major Arena Soccer League’s 2017 International Challenge, a special exhibition contest slated for Friday, June 16 at 7:35 p.m. CT at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The match will feature players and all-stars from across the league in a “USA versus The World” format. Schmermund will play for the US side.

Richard Schmermund is a St. Louis native who grew up in Ferguson. He played prep soccer at McCluer High School and club soccer for Scott Gallagher and Lou Fusz.  Schmermund’s collegiate career was spent at St. Louis Community College, where he was awarded First Team All Conference. Prior to joining the Ambush, Rich played professionally with the Illinois Piasa (PASL). The 2016-17 season was Schmermund’s fourth with the Ambush. He contributed ten goals, three assists and 17 blocks last season.

More players will be announced tomorrow. Each MASL team was invited to nominate their players for the International Challenge match and the International Challenge committee will select the rosters.

Leading up to this year’s International Challenge, the Ambush and Family Arena will host the 2017 MASL Player Combine on Friday, June 16 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Combine will give potential players from all over the chance to work out in front of coaches and team representatives from across the league, and have the chance to earn an invite to a preseason MASL camp. Four players from the combine will also be selected to participate in the International Challenge game that night. For more information and registration for the combine, visit or call the Ambush office at 636.477.6363.

Tickets for the MASL International All-Star Challenge are now on sale. Prices start at $12, with group prices starting at $10. To purchase visit the Family Arena box office, or call the St. Louis Ambush at 636.477.6363.

For up-to-date information about the International Challenge and the players participating, visit the St. Louis Ambush website at and the Major Arena Soccer League’s website at