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.

On writing “The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy”

On writing “The San Jose Earthquakes: A Seismic Soccer Legacy”

July 31, 2015

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Gary Singh on writing his history of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Preserving and exhibiting Bay Area soccer history

Preserving and exhibiting Bay Area soccer history

July 28, 2015

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Like many, I’m a transplant to the San Francisco Bay Area. I found over time that the region has a rich soccer history, much of it of relatively recent vintage and yet oddly unknown and in danger of being lost. For example, I had lived in my neighborhood near downtown… Read More ›

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

July 27, 2015

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Looking back over ASL I, the NASL, and MLS, which teams were the most dominant? Steve Holroyd explores.

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

July 20, 2015

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Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

Moving the goalposts

Moving the goalposts

July 16, 2015

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The ASL in the 1920s has been called the “golden age” of American soccer. Some older fans argue that the NASL was “better” than MLS. What do the numbers say.