1916: Bethlehem Steel FC travels to St. Louis

1916: Bethlehem Steel FC travels to St. Louis

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.

A stumbling start for U.S. pro soccer

A stumbling start for U.S. pro soccer

December 2, 2015

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Roger Allaway on the shaky beginnings of professional league soccer in the US.

Turkey Bowl

Turkey Bowl

December 1, 2015

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  American football is a Thanksgiving tradition, but so is soccer. In fact, Thanksgiving Soccer is nearly as old as the holiday itself. A day of national thanksgiving goes back to the colonial period, but it took President Abraham Lincoln to institute it as a late-November holiday. Modern soccer, codified… Read More ›

When a goal is not a goal

When a goal is not a goal

November 19, 2015

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An examination of the Columbia-Rutgers game played on Nov. 2, 1872 shows it was played under a form of association football rules, not American gridiron rules.

Bill Cox and the ISL showed the way

Bill Cox and the ISL showed the way

November 17, 2015

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The International Soccer League was an important step that helped to pave the way toward the start of the original NASL and thus the American soccer scene of today.

Promotion/Relegation: Been there, done that

Promotion/Relegation: Been there, done that

November 4, 2015

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The Northwest Collegiate Soccer Conference used promotion/relegation for one season in the early 1990s: “[I]t was all very pragmatic. And when it no longer was necessary, it went away.”

The record-setting Archie Stark

The record-setting Archie Stark

November 3, 2015

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Billy Gonsalves is considered by many to be the best US player before the Second World War but Archie Stark remains the greatest goalscorer the US has ever produced.

Honeymoon in Bournemouth (and other short tails)

Honeymoon in Bournemouth (and other short tails)

October 22, 2015

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Frank MacDonald’s series on FC Seattle’s UK tours in the late 1980s concludes.

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

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

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.

Brutal tests, but better for it

Brutal tests, but better for it

October 20, 2015

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Frank MacDonald’s series on FC Seattle’s UK tours in the late 1980s continues.