by Jim Fossell

St. Charles, Missouri (April 14, 2021) – The St. Louis Ambush and head coach Hewerton Moreira have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately, the parties announced today.

Moreira, who has been known throughout his soccer career simply as Hewerton, took the reigns of the Ambush for the 2017-18 season, following one year at the helm of the Cedar Rapids Rampage. In his four seasons with the Ambush, he took a team that had been 1-19 the prior season and finished the 2021 season with a winning record and a playoff appearance. Hewerton also enjoyed a 15-season career as a player, appearing in 296 games and posting 196 goals and 170 assists. He retired as a player after the 2018-19 season. He played for the Milwaukee Wave, San Diego Sockers, Detroit Ignition, Philadelphia KiXX, Chicago Mustangs, Cedar Rapids Rampage and the Ambush. He won three league championships during his seven years with the Wave.

Ambush General Manager and co-owner Jeff Locker said, “Hewerton is a brilliant coach and an even better person. I hold him in the highest regard. His absence will be felt.”

Ambush CEO and co-owner Shelly Clark said, “I have always considered Hewerton to be a friend and valued member of the Ambush family and that makes this even more bittersweet. We truly wish him happiness and success as he moves on to his next great achievement.”

Hewerton said he has mixed emotions at leaving the Ambush organization. “Serving as the head coach for this organization has been filled with the full spectrum of emotions and experiences,” he said. “Wins, losses, highs and lows. The most valuable thing I will take with me are the relationships formed during my four seasons with the Ambush. I am grateful for the owners, staff, players, and fans.” He concluded, “It’s been a fantastic journey with the Ambush. I grew a lot personally and professionally. I am proud of my contribution to the organization and its path of success. I feel that I accomplished my mission and gave the team everything I had. It’s time for me to give someone else the opportunity to lead the Ambush toward the possibility of a championship.”

After two seasons shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ambush look forward to kicking off their 2021-22 season later this year. Fans can stay current on all Ambush news by visiting the team’s official website, or on social media outlets.