by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO 

After a tough 0-6 start to their current season, the St. Louis Ambush have parted ways with Head Coach Daryl Doran and Assistant Coach Joe Smugala. In announcing the move, Ambush CEO and General Manager Andrew Haines said, “We thank Daryl and Joe for all their hard work over the past two seasons and for their contributions to soccer in St. Louis, but after two losing seasons and a 0-6 start to the current season, we felt a change in direction was an absolute necessity. Our fans have been loyal and deserve better than we’ve delivered.”

Doran has been a fixture on the St. Louis indoor soccer scene since joining the original MISL Steamers as a 19-year old in 1982. He holds the record for most professional indoor soccer games played at 827. Doran’s coaching career began in 1992 with the original St. Louis Ambush. He led the 1994-95 Ambush to the NPSL championship and was named league Coach of the Year. He returned to the sport as Head Coach of the then expansion St. Louis Ambush in 2013. Overall, the Ambush have compiled a 12-34 record under Doran and Smugala.

Haines said he expects to announce the team’s new Head Coach soon.

The Ambush and their new Head Coach will journey to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to tangle with the Cedar Rapids Rampage this Saturday, December 19 at 7:05 p.m. The next Ambush home game is slated for Sunday, December 27 at 5:35 p.m. when they host the Milwaukee Wave at the Family Arena.

Single game and group tickets are now on sale for all remaining home games. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Keep up with Ambush news anytime by visiting the team’s official web site,, the Ambush Facebook page,, or on Twitter,