Articles by: Ed Farnsworth

All-Scots in Bethlehem and Philadelphia, 1921

All-Scots in Bethlehem and Philadelphia, 1921

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February 18, 2016

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The 1921 All-Scots tour was the first by an international team backed by US Soccer.

1916: Bethlehem Steel FC travels to St. Louis

1916: Bethlehem Steel FC travels to St. Louis

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December 23, 2015

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Over the 1916 Christmas holiday, Bethlehem Steel FC, holders of the National Challenge Cup and the American Cup, traveled to St. Louis for two games to decide the unofficial title of champion of the United States.

Philadelphia and the other first professional soccer league in the U.S.

Philadelphia and the other first professional soccer league in the U.S.

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October 21, 2015

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Formed in reaction to the National League baseball-backed American League of Professional Football, the American Association of Professional Football appears to have played its first games before, and outlived, the ALPF.

1934: USA vs. Mexico and the “little truck”

1934: USA vs. Mexico and the “little truck”

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October 8, 2015

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Aldo “Buff” Donelli’s quartet of goals in the one-off playoff game against Mexico powered the US to a berth in the 1934 World Cup. It would 46 years before the US would defeat Mexico again.

Philadelphia German Americans win the 1936 US Open Cup

Philadelphia German Americans win the 1936 US Open Cup

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September 29, 2015

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On May 3, 1936, Philadelphia German Americans became the first amateur team, and the first team from the city of Philadelphia, to win the US Open Cup.

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes East

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes East

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September 16, 2015

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Our series on inter-city games involving Philadelphia area teams and St. Louis teams in the 1910s continues. When, a year after winning the American Cup, Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in 1911, they came back from two goals down to draw 4–4 with St. Louis champion St. Leos in what newspaper reports… Read More ›

The “champions of the Middle West” come to Philly, 1912

The “champions of the Middle West” come to Philly, 1912

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September 2, 2015

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Tacony FC’s trip to St. Louis in December of 1911 to decide the “championship of America” had ended in disappointment. They would have a chance for revenge in March of 1912 when the St. Leos team of St. Louis embarked on a tour against leading East Coast teams.

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

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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 ›

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

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August 11, 2015

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

Columbia Park, bordered by breweries, home of Connie Mack’s soccer team in 1901-1902

Connie Mack’s soccer team

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July 14, 2015

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Connie Mack is a baseball legend. In Philadelphia in 1901, he also had a soccer team.