by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, Missouri (November 7, 2023) – The St. Louis Ambush have signed rookie Jason Payne, the team announced today. Per league and team policies, no further detail of the deal have been disclosed.

Payne is a native of Vista, California who began playing youth soccer at the age of five. His collegiate career was spent at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California and he played prep soccer at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista.

Payne played semi-pro soccer for Albion SC (NPSL) in San Diego and recently spent two seasons honing his indoor skills with San Diego Sockers 2 (MASL2). In 23 games played for San Diego during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, Payne scored 15 goals and added five assists for 20 points. He has primarily played midfield and forward. Payne also holds a USSF D coaching license and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the game with young players.

Ambush co-owner, GM and head coach Jeff Locker said, “Jason is player with a lot of potential and we look forward to his continued development in the indoor game and contributions to the future success of the Ambush.”

Payne said, “I am incredibly grateful & appreciative to have the opportunity to play with the St Louis Ambush. I heard nothing but good things from the San Diego Sockers staff about this organization and I am excited to represent St. Louis in this new chapter of my career.”

The Ambush will kick off their eleventh season when they host the Milwaukee Wave in their home opener on Black Friday, November 24 at 5:05 p.m. at The Family Arena. Single game, season and group 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.