by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, Missouri (July 6, 2023) – The St. Louis Ambush have re-signed veteran defender Richard Schmermund to a contract extension through the 2027-28 season, the team announced today. The 2023-24 season will be Schmermund’s eleventh in professional indoor soccer.

Schmermund is a St. Louis native who played collegiate soccer at St. Louis Community College where he was named First Team All-Conference.

He began his professional career with the Illinois Piasa (PASL). Schmermund joined the Ambush for their 2013-14 inaugural season, his first of five seasons with the club, leaving as a free agent following the 2017-18 season. Schmermund spent the 2018-19 season with the Orlando SeaWolves. After starting the 2019-20 season with Orlando, Schmermund was traded to the Baltimore Blast, where he finished the season.

Schmermund returned to the Ambush for the 2020-21 season and was on the move again when he was traded to the Kansas City Comets during the 2021-22 season. Kansas City subsequently traded Schmermund to Harrisburg on February 9, 2023 and Harrisburg flipped him to the Ambush on March 14, 2023.

In 168 career games, Schmermund has tallied 54 goals and 38 assists and has blocked 165 opponent shots. He is the only player on the currrent Ambush roster to play on the team’s inaugural 2013-14 season roster.

The Ambush will kick off their eleventh season this fall. Season tickets for the 2023-24 campaign are now on sale. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Fans can stay current on all Ambush news by visiting the team’s official website, and on social media outlets.