Archive for August, 2015

1911’s “soccer championship of America”:  Philadelphia’s Tacony FC in St. Louis

1911’s “soccer championship of America”: Philadelphia’s Tacony FC in St. Louis

August 27, 2015

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Part One of a series looking at inter-city games involving Philadelphia area teams and St. Louis teams in the 1910s. Soccer in the United States at the start of the 1910s was undergoing a rise in organization and popularity. That organization was largely locally based and varied in both scope… Read More ›

Yankee, Cowboy, Fenian Bastard: An American Catholic at Rangers Football Club

Yankee, Cowboy, Fenian Bastard: An American Catholic at Rangers Football Club

August 26, 2015

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In 1976, Hugh O’Neill — born in Kearney, NJ into a family of Celtic supporters — became the first “admitted Catholic” to play for Rangers.

The “American Menace”

The “American Menace”

August 25, 2015

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It seems strange to envision European soccer feeling threatened by American soccer, but that was once the case. This unusual circumstance arose in the mid-1920s as a result of the signing by American Soccer League teams of players who were under contract to European teams. What was referred to in… Read More ›

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

August 11, 2015

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One formation ruled the game of soccer in Philadelphia for 60 years, the 2-3-5.

Teenage stars are an old story

Teenage stars are an old story

August 4, 2015

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Roger Allaway looks back at the long tradition of teenage players breaking into U.S. league and national team ranks.