The early/mid 1980’s clashes between the Wichita Wings and the St. Louis Steamers made for one of the best rivalries during the golden era of indoor soccer. Both teams were popular and drew large crowds at the time, which fueled the competition.
I chose to post this game because 1.) someone posted a great-looking 46-minute edit of the St. Louis local broadcast on YouTube and 2.) we had the game program here in the archives, courtesy of Wings historian and occasional FWiL contributor Michael Romalis. That’s the late Slobo Ilijevski of the Steamers on the cover (above right), one of the all-time greats of the indoor game.
Oh yeah – this game also featured one of the greatest goals in MISL history. A ludicrous, ill-conceived length-of-the-floor sprint by Wichita goalkeeper Jan Olesen. The seldom-used Dane, who would play only 16 games in the Major Indoor Soccer League, beat three St. Louis defenders and nutmegged Slobo to open the scoring in the 2nd quarter and send the Kansas Coliseum crowd into a frenzy. There’s a separate highlight clip of Olesen’s rampage in the video section below.
The Wings held on for a 4-3 victory.
Jan Olesen’s end-to-end golazo…
St. Louis Steamers local broadcast. 46-minute edit: