Lou Fusz Athletic Mission
Lou Fusz Athletic exists to provide a fun, competitive environment for young athletes to play the Beautiful Game. The goal at LFA is to continually foster the growth of a well-rounded player and person through high quality coaching, numerous development opportunities, and a focus on integrity and character thus enabling them to further excel in the sport and in life. We aim to develop players to maximize technical and tactical game understanding while building teams that achieve consistent success at the highest levels.
1992 – Club started by Lou Fusz Jr. and Don Popovic
1997 – Chris Stocker, a member of the National Amateur Cup Championship in 1978-79, joined as an assistant to Don Popovic
1997 – Purchase of Aubuchon Fields allowing the Lou Fusz Soccer Club to have its own home
1999 & 2000 — U13 Boys team wins Region II Championship in the USYSA National Championship
2002 – Mark Santel, former professional player, becomes Director of Girl’s Program
2007 – Purchase of Creve Couer location, named Lou Fusz Soccer Complex, provides 2 additional grass fields
2010 – Recreation play and soccer camps begin under direction of Marty Pike
2011 – Lou Fusz Soccer Complex builds first two turf fields and field lighting
2014 – Two additional turf fields added
2015 – Final 4 turf fields added for a total of 8 state of the art synthetic grass fields
2016 – Dave Geerling leads U17 team to a US Youth Soccer National League Championship Win in Denver, CO
2016 – Former Major League Soccer player, Dan Gargan, joins as General Manager
2017 – Lou Fusz announces the acquisition of Rams Park, former home to the St. Louis Rams
2017 – Lou Fusz Soccer Club announces new name, Lou Fusz Athletic, for 25th Anniversary; club rebranded
2017 – Lacrosse announced as second sport under Lou Fusz Athletic
2017 – The Back Post Grill & Tap opens along side the completion of the Don Popovic Pavilion and new restrooms
2017 – Blue Star Academy formed under the direction of Mike Ambersley
2017 – Warm up turf completed at Lou Fusz Athletic Complex
2018 – Move office HQ to LFA Training Center
2018 – 92 Room, Weight Room and the Team Store completed at the LFA Training Center
2018 – The "Refuel" Team Store completed at LFA Soccer Complex
2018 – American Football becomes 3rd sport under Lou Fusz Athletic.
2018/2019 – #RefuszToLose & #LightTheFusz brand campaign designed to parallel the growing nature of the club's competitiveness
2019 – 3 teams advanced to the USYS National Championships Series (LFA Geerling 05G, LFA McKee 03G, LFA Elam 00) with LFA McKee 03G winning the title.
2019 – Missouri State Cup Championships & Presidents Cups CHampionships
2019 – National League Champions
2019/2020 – XFL St. Louis Battlehawks home training facility and partnership at LFA Training Center
2020 – LFA Soccer welcomes new leadership from Matt Mueller, Ren Herzog, Cal McKee, Wendy Dillinger & Chris Gomez
2020 – "BALL WITH FUSZ" brand slogan & campaign designed to promote the growing competitiveness of the club as well as inclusivity of players getting back on the field in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak
Pete Fusz / President
Pete Fusz began his career with the Lou Fusz Soccer Club in 1992 when he joined the club’s first team. Pete earned all-state honors while at Chaminade, and participated in both the Olympic Development Program and the Adidas Elite Soccer Program. Pete continued his soccer career as a Georgetown Hoya. After college, Pete worked his way up to Vice President of the Lou Fusz Automotive Network; while simultaneously donating his time as the President of the Lou Fusz Soccer Club. It is Pete’s mission to teach young athletes the power of a positive attitude and the value of teamwork, which he has seen first hand. Pete has a passion for helping the children of St. Louis get the best experience possible by learning soccer skills, and more importantly life skills, that will help them succeed after the sport.
Don "Pops" Popovic / Co-Founder
Don Popovic, alongside Lou Fusz Jr., started the Lou Fusz Soccer Club in 1992. His incredible soccer career dates back to 1958, when he began playing in Yugoslavia. A decorated European career & a strong passion for the game led him to the United States where he continued on to play for the St. Louis Stars, Kansas City Spurs, Toronto White Eagles, and the Canadian National Team. After retiring in 1974, Don went on to become one of the winningest coaches in the MISL and coached the Toronto Eagles to a Canadian National Soccer League Championship. He continued to successfully coach numerous professional teams and in 2004 was recognized and inducted in to the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. His experience provides the club with great insight and his efforts as director have directly contributed to the club’s growing success.