by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, MO

Standing five feet, six inches tall and weighing in at 150 pounds, Gordy Gurson is not an imposing figure on the pitch. But what he may lack in stature, he makes up for in stats. In just his first professional season, Gurson leads the MASL in goals (36) and is second in points (48) as of January 12, the day he became a member of the St. Louis Ambush. Gurson was acquired from the Seattle Impact for cash considerations. In announcing the deal, team owner Andrew Haines said, “Gordy is a scoring machine, and we’re excited to have him join the Ambush family. We look forward to seeing what a difference he can make for our team.”

Gordy’s rookie season has been nothing short of phenomenal thus far. A look at the numbers: He has appeared in all 13 Impact games, scoring in 12 of them. He has tallied three or more goals seven times, four or more three times, five or more twice, including his season high; a seven-goal match against the Sacramento Surge on November 15. Gurson has contributed assists in seven different games, compiling two or more four times. Two of his goals have been game-winners.

Gurson grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. He spent his prep career at Stevenson High

School, where he is the all-time leading goal scorer and was named All-State in 2009.

Gordy split his collegiate career between the University of Memphis and Robert Morris University. In one season at Memphis, he tallied three goals and two assists in eight games. At Robert Morris, he scored 44 goals in just three seasons, was a three time All-American, and three time All-Region First Team.

Before being signed by the Impact, Gurson spent one season playing for Chicago in the National Soccer League, where he received the Golden Boot Award with 40 goals in 17 games. In his spare time, Gordy enjoys watching soccer, especially his favorite team, Manchester United.

Gurson said he’s looking forward to joining the Ambush. “I am really excited to join the St. Louis Ambush. I feel I will be a great addition to their squad and fit in well. All around the league, you hear about the great fans at the Family Arena and their tremendous support for this team,” he said. “I can’t wait to join the team on the road this weekend then play in my home debut Friday, January 23 in St. Louis!”

The Ambush face the Missouri Comets this Friday, January 16, then return to Hartman Arena for a rematch with the B-52s on Saturday, January 17. The Ambush return home to the Family Arena for back-to-back home games the weekend of January 23 and 24.  The Ambush host the Tulsa Revolution for the first time ever on Friday, January 23 at 7:35 p.m., then the Wichita B-52s invade the Family Arena for a 7:35 p.m. match on Saturday, January 24.

For the latest Ambush news, watch the Ambush official website, stlouisambush.com and the team’s Facebook page, facebook.com/stlouisambush. Group and single game tickets are available for all remaining Ambush home games. Call the Ambush office at 636-477-6363 for more information. Single game tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena box office or online at metrotix.com.