The St. Louis Ambush have signed veteran Kevin Ellis to a three-year contract, the team announced today. Per league and team policies, no further details of the deal were disclosed.
Ellis comes to the Ambush with a wealth of experience in both professional indoor and outdoor soccer. He played four seasons with the rival Kansas City Comets in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) and six seasons with three different teams in Major League Soccer (MLS).
The 31-year-old defender is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He appeared in 34 regular season games with the Comets over three seasons from 2018 to 2022, tallying 36 goals, 11 assists and blocking 21 opposing shots. Ellis’ MLS career began in 2011 with Sporting KC, where he played through 2017. He also saw time with the Chicago Fire and DC United, both in 2018. In 89 career MLS games, Ellis scored seven goals and added nine assists. Prior to his tenure in MLS, Ellis played with Orlando City (USL Pro) and Swope Park Rangers (USL).
Ellis’ collegiate career was spent at Barton County Community College in Kansas, where he led the school to back-to-back Region VI championships and NJCAA National Tournament appearances. In his youth, Kevin participated in the Sporting Kansas City Juniors academy and played high school soccer at Oak Park High School in Kansas City.
Ellis said he is “grateful to join a club that I have fiercely competed against for the past few years. I have seen the growth of the club and I am excited to help in that continued growth. It feels good to know that I will be playing for a club that truly values me as a person and a player and I look forward to competing and bringing a championship to the Ambush faithful.”
Ambush head coach Jeff Locker said, “Kevin Ellis has had a standout career both in the MASL and MLS. We’re counting on his talent, experience and veteran leadership to help move the Ambush to the next level over the next three seasons.”
The upcoming 2022-23 season is the tenth for the Ambush. Their home opener is slated for Black Friday, November 25, 2022 at 5:05 p.m. CT at The Family Arena in St. Charles. It is the first of a two-game series against the Kansas City Comets to open the MASL season. The Comets host the second game the next night, November 25, at Cable-Dahmer Arena in Independence.
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