by Jim Fossell

Saint Charles, Missouri (February 1, 2024) – The St. Louis Ambush have completed a trade with the Baltimore Blast, acquiring defender Raphael Araujo in exchange for forward Dom Alvarado. Per league and team policies, no further details of the transaction were disclosed.

The 2023-24 season is Araujo’s third in the Major Arena Soccer League. He previously played with the Harrisburg Heat, Florida Tropics and the Blast. In 36 career MASL games, he compiled a record of 16 goals, seven assists and 11 blocked opponent shots. Before turning pro, Araujo played collegiate soccer for New Jersey City University and Rutgers-Newark University. Raphael is the first All-American in Rutgers-Newark history. Following his college career, Raphael played for Icon FC (NPSL). He also played for NJ Copa FC (NPSL). In his transition to the indoor game, Raphael also played for NJ Copa FC and NY Ecuador in the National League of Professional Futsal (NLPF) and was a member of the United States Futsal National Team.

Araujo said, “I am thrilled to be a part of the St. Louis Ambush and contribute to the growth of this talented team. I am fully committed to giving my all for the Ambush and with dedication and hard work help the team achieve new heights on the field and create memorable moments for our fans."

The Ambush play twice at home this weekend. On Friday, February 2, the Harrisburg Heat visit The Family Arena for a 7:35 p.m. CT first kick. On Sunday, February 4, the Kansas City Comets come to town for a 2:05 p.m. CT match.

All MASL games are available for viewing via webcast at Single game, season and group tickets for the 2023-24 season are now on sale. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Single game tickets can also be purchased online at Fans can stay current on all Ambush news by visiting the team’s official website, and on social media outlets.