The BiH diamond aka Edin Dzeko is invading St.Louis today with his Manchester City teammates to play local EPL rivals Chelsea at Busch Stadium. This is a very big event for the St. Louis Bosnian community that has roughly 70,000 residents in and around the St.Louis area. Having been to St.Louis during the “Skup Bosnjaka Sjeverne Amerirke” a few years ago, we had the opportunity to see first hand how large and connected the Bosnian community truly is and today’s game featuring Edin Dzeko will be one for the ages for the local Bosnian community.
Tonight’s match is a friendly between two English Premier rivals with nothing at stake. The game kicks off at 7:30pm and will be featured live on ESPN2 and KMOX radio.
Even with all the hype within the Bosnian community, lady luck hasn’t been on everyone’s side in terms of getting tickets for the game. As reported by Affton Patch, Bayless High School grad and son of a Bosnian college soccer player, Fazlo Alihodzic said the hallways at his former school buzzed at the news of the Bosnian national soccer star Edin Dzeko coming to town with Manchester City. However, Faz has not been able to get tickets to the match yet, but is not giving up.
Not too long ago Fazlo was a 4-year soccer star at Bayless High School and he certainly doesn’t want to miss his chance to see the Bosnian national soccer team live in action. Next year he is taking his soccer talents to play for the University of Iowa on a soccer scholarship.
Either way, live or not, this soccer match will be an exciting one. Clearly it is evident that St. Louis soccer fans have been waiting a long time for a game like this. Chelsea flew to St. Louis on Monday. On Wednesday evening they held a public training session which drew over 10,000 fans. After tonight’s game, both teams will travel to New York, where they’ll play another friendly match at Yankee stadium.
Let’s just call this mini friendly series a best out of two. Go City!!
Photo Credit (UK Euro Sport)